Competing as Boilermaker Aquatics, Purdue finished 13th in the combined team scoring. Noens and Farlow led the way, earning second swims in all of their individual events, highlighted by Noens going 4-for-4. Noens won the consolation (B) final of the 400-meter individual medley and Farlow was victorious in the bonus (C) final of the 200 breaststroke.
Eighteen current Boilermakers competed at the five-day summer nationals to close out the long course season. Three Purdue divers are also scheduled to compete at the USA Diving National Championships this week in Columbus, Ohio.
Jackson Higgins (200 free) and Taite Kitchel (200 IM) also earned berths in C finals based on their top-24 finishes in the morning prelims. Joe Young (100 and 200 back), Higgins (200 and 400 free) and Kitchel (100 fly, 200 IM) joined Farlow and Noens as Boilermakers to record at least a pair of top-30 finishes in the prelims. Purdue was also represented in five relay events, headlined by a seventh-place finish by the men in the 800 free relay.
Noens finished ninth overall in the 400 IM (4:23.20) on Friday after being 10th of 51 in the prelims to qualify for the B final. He improved on his prelim time by 1.82 seconds while coming out on top of a tight four-man finish. Noens and Cody Bekemeyer in fourth place finished only .19 hundredths of a second apart. He also qualified for the B final of the 200 IM and the C finals of the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Farlow improved on her prelim time by 1.68 seconds in the 200 breast (2:32.32) while also emerging victorious amidst an exciting finish. She and Paloma Marrero in third place were separated by just .45 hundredths of a second. Farlow also took third in the C final of the 100 breast.
Joe Gardner was 27th of 78 in the 100 breast after winning his heat of the prelims. Noens (100 back, 400 IM) and Kitchel (100 fly, 200 IM) also won heats in the prelims. Young finished 26th of 70 in the 100 back prelims and Jackie Smailis was 28th of 71 on the women’s side of the same event.
After divers Joe Cifelli, Lexi Vincent and incoming Boilermaker Emily Bretscher represent Purdue at Nationals this week, Kaersten Meitz, Emily Meaney and Cifelli are also scheduled to compete at the World University Games later this month to complete the summer competition slate.