Purdue Swimmers and Divers at Summer Nationals
U.S. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, Aug. 2 to 6 / East Meadow, New York
Diving Nationals: Tuesday to Saturday, Aug. 8 to 12 / Columbus, Ohio
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a successful weekend for many of the same Boilermakers at the Indiana Senior State Championships, members of Purdue swimming & diving are now set to close out their summer competition schedules at the USA Swimming and USA Diving national meets.
Chris Bals swept the breaststroke events to headline Boilermaker Aquatics’ four individual event winners at Senior State. He posted a meet-record time of 2:15.73 while winning the 200-meter breast. Hudson Bursch (400 IM), Cady Farlow (200 breast) and Kaersten Meitz (200 free) were also victorious the weekend of July 20 to 23 at Purdue’s Burke Aquatic Center. Bals, Farlow and Meitz were among the seven Boilermakers to medal (top-three finish) in two individual events.
Seven women and 11 men are slated to represent the Purdue swimmers at the U.S. Open Championships, beginning Aug. 2 at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, New York. The women will have entries in seven events and two relays. The men are set to be represented in nine events plus three relays.
Meanwhile, divers Joe Cifelli, Lexi Vincent and incoming Boilermaker Emily Bretscher are scheduled to compete at the USA Diving National Championships, held at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus. Their events are set for Aug. 8 to 12.
Cifelli (1-meter and 3-meter diving) and Meitz (400 and 800 free) are also competing for Team USA at the World University Games in Taiwan in late August.
Jackson Higgins, Natalie Mudd, Adam Noens, and Farlow are the two-time medalists at Senior State that have opted to compete at the U.S. Open. They’ll be joined by teammates Tim Barth, Alex Clarke, James Boone, Alex Close, Joe Gardner, Kaleb Gould, Hanna House, Erik Juliusson, Taite Kitchel, Emmy Rawson, Jackie Smailis, Jake Thomas and Nate Thomas.
The men’s 400-meter free relay team of Juliusson, Higgins, Noens and Boone closed Senior State with a meet-record time of 3:27.73. Boilermaker Aquatics also won the men’s 200 free and women’s 200 medley relays. Juliusson contributed to both relay victories.
Higgins enjoyed a strong overall meet, pairing his top-three finishes in the 200 and 400 free with a win in the B final of the 100 free while also contributing to Purdue’s victorious 400 free relay. Farlow and Noens were two-time medalists and part of a relay winner as well.
SENIOR STATE EVENT WINNERS
Chris Bals – 100 & 200 Breast
Cady Farlow – 200 Breast
Hudson Bursch – 400 IM
Kaersten Meitz – 200 Free
N. Thomas, Gardner, Heidecker & Juliusson – Men’s 200 Free Relay
Smailis, Farlow, Kitchel & Kresl – Women’s 200 Medley Relay
Juliusson, Higgins, Noens & Boone – Men’s 400 Free Relay
MULTIPLE INDIVIDUAL MEDALS AT SENIOR STATE
Chris Bals – 1st in 100 & 200 Breast
Kaersten Meitz – 1st in 200 Free, 2nd in 400 Free
Cady Farlow – 1st in 200 Breast, 3rd in 100 Breast
Jackson Higgins – 2nd 400 Free, 3rd in 200 Free
Adam Noens – 3rd in 200 Back, 3rd in 200 IM
Natalie Mudd – 3rd in 100 & 200 Back
Will Schrensky – 3rd in 100 & 200 Breast