Feb. 7, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 23 Purdue men's swimming and diving closes out its dual meet schedule Saturday with its annual rivalry dual vs. No. 7 Indiana, and the meet will once again be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Action begins at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington. The 16-event dual has been formatted to fit into a two-hour TV window for the live coverage from BTN. Two years ago, the Indiana-Purdue co-ed dual in Bloomington marked the BTN's first-ever live telecast of swimming and diving action.
Olympic gold medalists David Boudia and Rowdy Gaines will both be serving as analysts in the BTN broadcast booth Saturday. Pittsburgh Pirates radio and TV play-by-play announcer Tim Neverett will call the action and the BTN's Kara Lentz will serve as the deck reporter. Gaines is the primary analyst for NBC's coverage of the swimming events at the Olympic Games. He'll be part of the BTN's live telecast of the Indiana-Purdue rivalry in the pool for the third straight year. Boudia will serve as the diving analyst Saturday.
Divers will have the option of competing from either the 3-meter springboard or platform towers. All divers will compete from the 1-meter springboard.
The Boilermakers are 7-3 in dual meet action this season, compiling wins against Notre Dame, Iowa, Northwestern, Miami (Ohio), Hawaii, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The three losses have come at the hands of Ohio State, Michigan and Minnesota -- all of which were ranked among the top 15 in the CSCAA rankings at the time.
Indiana is 5-4 in dual meets this season, posting wins against Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Louisville. The Hoosiers have won five straight after losing to California, Stanford, Michigan and Texas -- all highly-ranked teams as well -- to begin the year.
Purdue will be in search of its first victory in the annual dual meet series since 2010, when it was victorious in Bloomington. The Boilermakers also competed at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center last year for the Big Ten Championships. Danny Tucker broke the program record in the 100 freestyle in IU's pool.
Guillermo Blanco continues to lead Purdue with 16 individual victories. He was a two-time winner at the last Indiana-Purdue dual in Bloomington, touching first in the 200 back and 200 IM in 2012. Lyam Dias ranks second on the team with eight individual victories this year. He won the 200 breast at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center two years ago.
Diver Sean Mokhtari owns the Boilers' top score from the platform towers this season and was victorious in the event last weekend at the Big Ten Triple Duals. He also won from the platform against Indiana last season in West Lafayette. With seven victories this season, Jamie Bissett is tied with Tucker for third on the team. He's fresh off a sweep of the diving events at the Triple Duals.
Tucker has enjoyed success against IU during his career, winning three individual events after sweeping the freestyle sprints a year ago. He and classmate Matt Friede have been part of the Boilers' victorious 400 freestyle relay team vs. the Hoosiers each of the last three years.
Some of Purdue's swimmers have begun their taper program as they gear up for the Big Ten Championships, which begin Feb. 26 in Ann Arbor. Selected Boilers will also be in action the weekend of Feb. 22-23 for the Michigan First Chance meet.
The BTN has annually televised portions of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships via tape delay, generally a week after the conference meets. All live sports televised by BTN are also available on BTN2Go, but a cable subscription is also required to access BTN2Go.