Oct. 28, 2010
Miami Men's Swimming & Diving
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s swimming hits the road Friday for its first dual meet of the year, traveling to Oxford, Ohio, for the annual early-season dual against Miami.
The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Nixon Aquatic Center.
The diving portion of the meet was completed Oct. 22 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in conjunction with the dual meet between the women’s teams from Purdue and Miami. David Boudia won both the 1- and 3-meter events. J.P. Perez finished second in the 1-meter.
Purdue head coach Dan Ross said he plans to enter plenty of his underclassmen swimmers Friday as he continues to evaluate his roster in the early stages of the young season. The freshmen performed well at last weekend’s Indiana Intercollegaites.
Brian Kiel won the 100 backstroke and Matt Friede touched first in the 100 freestyle. Danny Tucker took the 50 free in an event in which the top four finishers were all Purdue freshmen. Kiel also finished second in the 200 free while Tucker was second in the 100 free.
“We’re going to take mostly freshmen and sophomores to give those guys some experience,” Ross said. “And I’m going to take Ben Wachtel as a captain and a couple juniors and seniors. But we want to get the young guys some experience against a good solid team, but not a Big Ten team. We’re looking forward to it. This is the first real meet for the freshmen. This past weekend it was mainly high school events. This one we’ll have some more 200 strokes and a distance event. We’ll probably swim the guys in their second or third events, not necessarily their best events, and try to move some guys around a little bit. We’re still evaluating talent. Then we’ll use the Miami meet and last weekend, as well as what has been going on in the training pool, to decide who competes in the bigger meets at Northwestern and Notre Dame next weekend, which are big travel meets for us.
“The Miami meet is one we’ve had on the schedule for years, home and away,” Ross continued. “Miami coach Pete Lindsay and I go way back and I remember swimming against him in the 70s. It’s a meet we like to do early in the year. The Miami guys are excited to swim against Purdue. They have to earn points to get in their locker room as freshmen. And if they score a point against Purdue, they get to do that. I have the utmost respect for Pete Lindsay. He’s one of the best coaches I have been around. And Scott Usher, his assistant, [trained] here for about two years before the 2008 Olympic Trials. It will be fun to see him.”
Wyatt Hodges (100 breast), Brendan Joyce (100 fly), Andrew Starr (500 free), Drew Wolfred (200 free), and Wachtel (200 IM) also posted individual victories Saturday afternoon at Purdue’s Indiana Intercollegiates.