Purdue Men's Swimmers host Indiana for First Chance Meet
Saturday, Feb. 17 - Prelims at 11 a.m. ET, Finals at 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18 - Prelims at 10 a.m., Finals at 3 p.m.
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fifteen members of Purdue men's swimming are scheduled to race this weekend against Indiana at a two-day first chance meet at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
It will be an invitational-style format but feature more of a time trial focus, with morning preliminaries and afternoon finals both days. Action is set for 11 a.m. ET and 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Only individual events are being contested.
Representing the Boilermakers will be Nathan Barsanti, Konnor de Venecia, Sean Gartland, Keith Gill, Gabi Gomez-Treig, Kaleb Gould, Jake Heidecker, Luke Ingram, Jason Jung, Ryan Lawrence, Gavin McCulloch, Jared Schimmelpfenning, Michael Smith, Nate Thomas and Dale Williams.
The final two spots on Purdue's travel roster for next week's Big Ten Championships will go to the swimmers with the times most likely to score points in an individual event at Big Tens. Coaches Dan Ross and J. Agnew have a matrix they utilize to determine those scoring probabilities.
Last season, Tim Barth and Will Schrensky earned the final berths on the Big Ten roster via their season-best times at the first chance meet, which was held in Bloomington. Two years ago, James Boone, Joe Gardner and Jackson Higgins did likewise. All five student-athletes have continued to improve and were part of the group that geared its taper towards Big Tens this season rather than compete at the first chance meet.
Minnesota is hosting the Men's Big Ten Championships this year for the first time since 2011. The Boilermakers will depart Tuesday for the Twin Cities and the meet is set for Feb. 21 to 24.
This is the third season of an Indiana-Purdue collaboration for an in-state first chance meet, which is open to any schools around the Midwest that wish to attend. With the IU women hosting the Big Ten Championships in mid-February next season, the first chance meet is expected to return to the Burke Aquatic Center.
McCulloch and Thomas will be celebrating birthdays Monday.