Nov. 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- For the first of two quad meets at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center this season, the Purdue swimming and diving teams welcome Ohio State, Northwestern and the Iowa men to campus Friday for a full night of head-to-head competition among Big Ten rivals.
Action begins Friday at 4 p.m. The standard 16-event dual meet lineup will be utilized, but the women have opted to race in the 400 IM instead of the 200 IM. Each gender will have two heats of each swimming event.
This season also marks the Boilermakers' turn in the three-year rotation to host the Big Ten Quad, which annually features Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin and the Illinois women. That meet is set for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Like the Big Ten Quad, Friday's November Quad meet will feature team scoring in head-to-head dual meet fashion among the participating teams.
After their one-sided win against No. 22 Notre Dame last weekend, the Purdue men joined the CSCAA Top 25 this week at No. 22. The Ohio State men (No. 10) and Iowa men (No. 21) are also nationally ranked. The Ohio State women were No. 19 in the latest women's CSCAA Top 25 poll.
The Boilermakers have annually gone head-to-head with Northwestern in a November co-ed dual meet. As Purdue men's head coach Dan Ross explained, Ohio State and the Iowa men joined the mix this year after both Big Ten rivals were in search of a meet this weekend. And the geography made sense with West Lafayette serving as a pseudo halfway point between Iowa City and Columbus.
The Purdue women and the men's divers are scheduled to visit OSU's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion later this month for the Ohio State Invitational the weekend of Nov. 22-24. Columbus will also be the site of the Zone C Diving Championships this year. All seven teams competing Friday at the November Quad will of course be in the mix for the Big Ten Championships meet in February. Therefore, as is the case with the annual Big Ten Quad, the November Quad should serve as another mini Big Tens preview.
The Purdue men went head-to-head against both Iowa and Ohio State in November 2011 in Iowa City. The Boilermakers have not hosted Iowa men for a head-to-head scoring meet since November 2002.
The Ohio State men and women will be making their first appearances at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center since the 2010 Purdue Invitational. The Purdue women last hosted OSU for a head-to-head scoring meet since November 2001.
Carly Mercer (6 individual victories) and Danny Tucker (4) have led the way early this season for the Boilermakers. Both seniors have won every individual event they have raced so far this year. Layne Rogers (5), Guillermo Blanco (4), Allie Davis (4), Michelle Cabassol (3), Lyam Dias (3), Meagan Lim (3) and Rhiannon Sheets (3) are also among the Purdue leaders in individual victories.
Jamie Bissett, Dias and Tucker led the way for the Purdue men in the dual win at Northwestern last season. Bissett swept the diving events, Tucker the freestyle sprints and Dias the breaststroke events. For the victorious Purdue women in Evanston, Mercer (100 and 200 free) posted a pair of wins and Francesca Marr (200 breast), Nika Karlina Petric (1000 free), Alex Todd (100 fly), MacKenzie Tweardy (1-meter diving), Davis (500 free) and Sheets (200 fly) also contributed an event win.
Matt Friede (50 free), Eduard Galdeano (200 fly), Megan Gallagher (1000 free), Jan Petric (1000 free), Dias (200 breast), Sheets (100 fly) and Tucker (100 free) are the Boilers that are still active whom were event winners in Northwestern's last visit to the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in November 2011.
Friday's November Quad marks the final meet of the first-semester schedule in which the Purdue men and women will compete together. The men's swimmers travel to the Twin Cities next week for the Minnesota Grand Prix, which is part of USA Swimming's Arena Grand Prix series. A men's dual against Miami (Ohio) on Friday, Nov. 22 will be the final home meet of the semester. The Purdue women and the men's divers will be competing at the Ohio State Invitational that weekend.
The Purdue men and women are scheduled to compete together at three more meets during the second semester schedule, beginning the weekend of Jan. 10-11 with consecutive dual meets against Michigan and Michigan State.