Oct. 23, 2010
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers won every event of the day as Purdue men's and women's swimming and diving easily captured the team titles of the Indiana Intercollegiates, a four-team meet Saturday afternoon at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Men's and women's teams from the University of Indianapolis, IUPUI and Valparaiso also competed Saturday. The Purdue men posted a team point total of 1,021. The Purdue women finished the day with 1,178 points.
While the men had eight different individual winners in the swimming events, Lauren Nichols and Lauren Roth both posted a pair of victories for the women. J.P. Perez and Erin Mertz each swept the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions.
Nichols won the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints. Roth was victorious in the 100 butterfly and 500 free. Nichols and Roth were also both part of Purdue's victorious 200 free relay team. After winning two events Friday night in the season-opening dual meet against Miami (Ohio), Roth was selected as the new recipient of the women's Boilermaker award. Sarah Dunleavy selected Roth for the award after Dunleavy had earned it the night before.
"I thought the team raced pretty well today," Purdue women's coach John Klinge said. "I thought some of our races were a little sharper than last night. We had some people swimming their best events, others their secondary events. We had some surprisingly good swims. Overall, we still need to get sharper and better, and work on some details. But this was a good starting point."
The Purdue men were led by some strong performances from freshmen swimming in their first collegiate meet. Brian Kiel won the 100 backstroke and finished second to senior Drew Wolfred in the 200 freestyle. The Boilermakers top four finishers - Danny Tucker, Phil Geerdes, Matt Friede and Steven Ung - in the 50 free were all freshmen. Friede and Tucker also finished one-two in the 100 free. Eduard Galdeano-Castillo and Geerdes, meanwhile, swam the butterfly and freestyle legs, respectively, on the victorious 200 medley relay team.
"Our freshmen are as good as advertised, being ranked the 10th best recruiting class in the country," Purdue men's coach Dan Ross said. "They've really worked hard this fall and it's been tough for them. But to have four freshmen finish under 21 seconds in the 50 free and have some freshmen step up and win a couple events was pretty impressive as far as I'm concerned for this time of the year. We just wanted to have a good week of training and see where we're at. We don't typically swim as fast as we did today in this meet. I think there's a sense of urgency for this team, they want to do something special. I've seen a lot of guys working really hard. Success breeds success and they start to get excited about it. I give these guys a solid B-plus, A-minus on just attitude, effort and performance after 10 full practices."
The Purdue men return to action Friday for a dual meet at Miami (Ohio). The women travel to Dallas next weekend to compete in the SMU Invitational Friday and Saturday.
J.P. Perez - 1-Meter Dive (336.08)
J.P. Perez -- 3-Meter Dive (377.40)
Danny Tucker - 50 Freestyle (20.82)
Matt Friede - 100 Freestyle (46.49)
Drew Wolfred - 200 Freestyle (1:41.27)
Andrew Starr - 500 Freestyle (4:31.00)
Brendan Joyce - 100 Butterfly (50.48)
Brian Kiel - 100 Backstroke (50.89)
Wyatt Hodges - 100 Breaststroke (58.30)
Ben Wachtel - 200 Individual Medley (1:53.16)
A Relay Team (Destro, Hodges, Galdeano & Geerdes) - 200 Medley Relay (1:32.66)
B Relay Team (Bandura, La Mothe, Pashley & Tucker) - 200 Free Relay (1:24.28)
Erin Mertz - 1-Meter Dive (330.15)
Erin Mertz - 3-Meter Dive (296.03)
Lauren Nichols - 50 Freestyle (23.54)
Lauren Nichols - 100 Freestyle (52.83)
Colleen Drew - 200 Freestyle (1:52.14)
Lauren Roth - 500 Freestyle (4:59.67)
Lauren Roth - 100 Butterfly (56.79)
Ariel Martin - 100 Backstroke (58.58)
Jessica Davis - 100 Breaststroke (1:00.91)
Lisa Butler - 200 Individual Medley (2:06.60)
A Relay Team (Smith, Fogle, McIlrath & Martin) - 200 Medley Relay (1:43.68)
A Relay Team (Butler, Nichols, Roth & Dunleavy) - 200 Free Relay (1:36.57)
Men's Team Scores
Purdue - 1021
Indianapolis - 340
IUPUI - 268
Valparaiso - 150
Women's Team Scores
Purdue - 1178
Indianapolis - 304
IUPUI - 249
Valparaiso - 180