WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- For the first of its five head-to-head dual meets on the road this year, Purdue men's swimming travels to Ohio Saturday for a matinee meet against Miami University.
Action begins at 2 p.m. at Miami's Nixon Aquatic Center in Oxford. The diving portion of the dual meet was contested Friday (Oct. 19) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Purdue will carry a 30-6 lead into the swimming events Saturday thanks in part to Layne Rogers sweeping the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The Boilermakers had the top four finishers in the 1-meter.
Purdue debuted at No. 18 in the first CSCAA Top 25 coaches poll of the year. The Boilers are one of seven Big Ten teams among the Top 25 rankings. Head coach Dan Ross is serving as the Big Ten represenative on the CSCAA Men's Division I Team Ranking Committee.
The Purdue men have competed against Miami in dual meet action in each of the last five seasons dating back to 2007-08. The Miami dual has been an annual home-and-home part of the schedule along with other regular head-to-head opponents like Notre Dame, Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana. The RedHawks were also a regular dual meet opponent for Purdue throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Pete Lindsay and Ross, both in their 28th years, are among the longest-tenured college head coaches in the Midwest.
Ross said a few upperclassmen would not be traveling Saturday so that he could take as many freshmen as possible, giving the newcomers their first tastes of a college road trip and dual meet at an opponent's pool. The travel roster for next weekend's back-to-back dual meets at Notre Dame and Northwestern is expected to be trimmed. Strong performances from underclassmen Saturday would strengthen their cases to travel to South Bend and Evanston.
Currently in the midst of a stretch of the season with competitions on three consecutive weekends, seniors Sebastien Aube and Dan Farrell both said they were partial to this part of the schedule. They agreed that getting the chance to race every weekend was a nice reward for the work they put in training during the week.
Purdue also has road dual meets at Michigan and Michigan State, as well as the annual triple duals meet against Minnesota and Wisconsin, hosted by UW in Madison this year, on the schedule.
Danny Tucker (50 and 100 free) and Brian Kiel (200 free and 100 back) were each two-time winners at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates meet a week ago. Alec LaMothe (500 free) and Lyam Dias (200 IM) also posted an individual victory.
Kiel swept the backstroke events against Miami last season in Purdue's dual meet win in West Lafayette. Chuck Destro (100 free) and Jan Petric (500 free) helped the Boilers sweep the freestyle events.
Two years ago in Oxford, Benjamin Ziolkowski touched first in the 50 free, LaMothe took the 500 free and Kiel won the 200 back. Eduard Galdeano (200 fly) and Luke Trimmer (1000 free) were also victorious at the meet as freshmen, but Ross said they were among the upperclassmen that were unlikely to travel this year.
Miami defeated Xavier last weekend in its season-opening dual and host Evansville Friday afternoon.