April 7, 2014
VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Lyam Dias of Purdue men's swimming and diving has been selected to represent Team Canada at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships this summer in Australia.
After earning Honorable Mention All-America acclaim in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Championships the weekend of March 27-29 in Austin, Texas, Dias traveled to British Columbia for the Canadian Swimming Trials. He placed third in the 100-meter breast and fifth in the 200-meter breast at the long-course meet.
Dias was among the 15 male swimmers from Canada selected to compete at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. The quadrennial event is set for Aug. 21-25 in Gold Coast, Queensland, on Australia's East Coast this year. USA, Japan, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia will be represented Pan Pac Championships, which are held in even-numbered years preceding in the Olympic Games.
Dias is a native of L'Original, Ontario, and represented the Pointe-Claire (Montreal) Swim Club at the Canadian Trials.
During his time as a Boilermaker, Dias also competed for Team Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. He established new Purdue records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships this year, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors after finishing second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at the Big Ten Championships. Last month, he became the first Boiler to score in an individual swimming event at the national championship meet since 2010.
Both Purdue swimming and diving teams held their annual postseason team banquets this past weekend. The program award winners, as selected by the athletes and coaches, were announced.
Most Valuable: Jamie Bissett & Guillermo Blanco
Most Improved: Josh Brooks
Red Mackey Nominee (Excellence by a Senior): Jacob McGough
R.O. Papenguth (Sportsmanship): Danny Tucker
Captains for 2014-15: Jamie Bissett, Nate Cox, Jan Karel Petric & Manuel Gutierrez
Most Valuable: Michelle Cabassol & Carly Mercer
Most Improved: Mary Beth Dunnichay & Madison Monteiro
P2S: Carly Marshall
Whatever It Takes: Francesca Marr, MacKenzie Tweardy & Kylie Vogel
Bob Holloway Most Inspirational Senior Performance: Tracy Glaser, Casey Matthews & Carly Mercer
Star Recruiter: Alex Todd
Tom Reiter Commitment to Excellence: Emily Fogle & Rhiannon Sheets
Cathy Wright-Eger Continuing Women of Educational Excellence: Alex Todd
Captain Awards (2013-14 Season): Julia Comodeca, Carly Mercer, Rhiannon Sheets & MacKenzie Tweardy