Jan. 8, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's and women's swimming and diving teams compete for the first time in 2009 this Saturday in Miami.
The women are slated to compete against Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Iowa, while the men take on Florida Atlantic and Iowa at Florida International's Bay Vista Aquatic Center.
Beijing Olympian David Boudia leads the Boilermaker divers. The freshman from Noblesville, Ind., has been named Big Ten Diver of the Week four times this season and holds school records in both springboard events. All-American David Coultri, the school platform record holder, is coming off season-best 1- and 3-meter scores at the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational last month, while freshman Casey Matthews earned a career-best 1-meter score of 294.40. Junior Ashley Karnes, who holds the Boilermaker Aquatic Center record in the 3-meter, won the event at the Art Adamson Invitational and enters this weekend with the highest score on the team in both the 1- and 3-meter competitions.
Saturday marks the Boilermaker swimmers return to competition for the first time in 48 days. At the last meet, the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas, junior Sam Wilcher completed the 200 free in a season-best time of 1:47.67 and finished fourth for the men. Senior John Schmitt took sixth in the 100 free with his 44.44 clocking, while Purdue's 400 free relay team of Schmitt, Andrew Langenfeld, Ben Wachtel and Gage Berry touched the wall in 3:00.98 to place fourth.
Junior Aaron Koger finished fifth in the 100 breast with a season-best time of 55.06. Langenfeld also swam to a season-best time of 47.62 in the 100 fly, which ranks second on Purdue's all-time list in the event, while placing fifth. Freshman Kyle House took top honors in the 50 free and 100 fly at home against Indianapolis on Nov. 21. Freshman Wyatt Hodges, sophomore Mark Boman, junior Travis Smith and freshman Logan Wetzel also swam to victories in their last competition of 2008.
On the women's side, sophomore Ariel Martin recorded season-best and team-leading times in the 50, 100 and 200 free at the Art Adamson Invitational. Freshman Lauren Roth leads the team in the 500 free with her time of 4:51.38 that ranks fifth on the school's all-time list in that event. Freshman Kristen Gilson moved to third on Purdue's all-time list in the 200 back with her time of 1:59.47 that also ranks ninth in the Big Ten. Sophomore Jessica Davis and freshman Sarah Dunleavy recorded team-leading times in the 100 and 200 breast, respectively, while sophomore Katie Beck swam to the team lead in the 100 fly in College Station.
This weekend's meet begins at 11 a.m. ET. Live scoring is not available, but results will be available following the competition at purduesports.com.