WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- For the first of its four home dual meets this season, Purdue men's swimming welcomes Miami (Ohio) to the Boilermaker Aquatic Center Friday for the conclusion of a head-to-head competition that began last weekend when the diving events were contested in Oxford.
The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday. The RedHawks will carry after a 28-10 lead into the night thanks to having three of the top five finishers in both diving events Oct. 21. The men's divers competed along with the women's dual meet contested last weekend at Miami's campus.
Purdue had a week off after opening its new season Oct. 15 by winning the four-team Indiana Intercollegiates meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Boilers also host Notre Dame (Nov. 4), Northwestern (Nov. 5) and Michigan State (Jan. 14) for home dual meets this season.
Manuel Gutierrez had the greatest impact among Purdue's newcomers during the season-opening weekend. The freshman won the 200 freestyle and finished second in the 100 at the Indiana Intercollegiates. Fellow freshman Lyam Dias joins the mix Friday. He'll make his Purdue debut this weekend after spending the last couple weeks in Mexico competing for Team Canada at the Pan American Games. A fifth-place finish in the finals of the 200 individual medley highlighted his international experience in Guadalajara.
A year ago it was Brian Kiel that won a pair of events against Miami in his first collegiate dual meet. The Minnesota native captured the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley and also swam on Purdue's medley relay winner. After finishing his freshman campaign as the team's top performer in both events, he picked up where left off early this season with a pair of victories at the Indiana Intercollegiates two weekends ago.
Miami split a three-team dual meet with Evansville and Southern Illinois Oct. 8 in Carbondale. The RedHawks also had a nice showing last weekend with a home-opening dual win against Xavier. Now a senior, Chris Gunnels led the way for Miami against the Boilers last season, out touching Danny Tucker by one one-hundredth of a second to win the 100 free and finishing second in the 200. Gunnels swept the backstroke events against Xavier and sophomore Dan Nemeth was victorious in the 50 and 100 free.
The busiest and most competitive weekend of the season at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center sets up as next weekend (Nov. 4-5). The Purdue men and women will both be in action Friday and Saturday as they host Notre Dame and Northwestern less than 24 hours apart. The start time of the Notre Dame dual Friday evening has been pushed back an hour to 6 p.m.