Feb. 20, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Eight members of Purdue men's swimming will be heading to the site of this year's Big Ten Championships a week early as they travel to Ann Arbor this weekend for the two-day, four-session Michigan First Chance Meet.
Morning sessions are slated for 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday afternoon session begins at 5 p.m. and the Sunday time trials are set for 4 p.m. Over the course of the first three sessions, 18 swimming events will be contested, including all five relays.
Purdue will be represented by Collin Baker, Evan Barta, Ted Curtiss, Bo Ilgenfritz, Colin Mothersead, Matt Quinlan, Paul Stockett and Ann Arbor native Jim Riegger. Head coach Dan Ross said one of the eight would earn the final spot on the travel roster for next week's Big Ten Championships at Canham Natatorium.
The Michigan First Chance meet is expected to feature competitors from Eastern Michigan, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. This marks the second year in a row that the Boilers will be competing at the meet, sending five swimmers to Ann Arbor last year.
A season ago, Adam Johnston, Baker and Riegger all posted personal season-best times in multiple events at the Michigan First Chance meet. Johnston won the 50 free and his performance served as a springboard to joining the Boilers' top freestyle relay teams this year.
Purdue should be well represented in the backstroke (Barta, Curtiss, Riegger) and breaststroke (Baker, Ilgenfritz, Mothersead and Quinlan) events. The group of eight should also give the Boilers numerous options for the relays.
The weekend schedule in Ann Arbor features the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay in the Saturday morning session. Later that day, the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay will be contested. Races conclude Sunday at noon with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and 1650 free.
The Boilermakers not traveling to Ann Arbor this weekend are continuing their training for the Big Ten Championships, set for Feb. 26 through March 1 back in Ann Arbor.