WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Along with a prestigious 10-university field, the Purdue Invitational at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center is set to feature as many as 13 Olympians and international student-athletes from 34 countries.
The Boilermakers welcome five full co-ed teams to campus this week for the three-day, six-session Purdue Invitational. Florida, Indiana, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Virginia Tech will be joined by the men's team from Navy and the women's team from Florida International. Divers from North Carolina and Indiana State are also scheduled to be in attendance.
Admission is free for all three days of the Purdue Invitational, which begins Thursday. Morning sessions begin at 10 a.m. ET and finals get underway at 6 p.m.
Headlined by 2016 Team USA medalists Steele Johnson (Purdue), Lilly King (Indiana), Caeleb Dressel (Florida), Michael Hixon (Indiana) and Blake Pieroni (Indiana), the Purdue Invitational will feature Olympians from eight different countries.
Olympian Jinq En Phee (Malaysia) and two-time Big Ten breaststroke champion Marat Amaltdinov (Russia) are among the Boilermakers' eight current international student-athletes. Their home countries are among that list of 34 that should be represented this week at the Burke Aquatic Center. Besides the United States, Canada (14), Great Britain (9) and Brazil (6) should have the most representation.
Purdue's other current international student-athletes are: Batuhan Hakan (Turkey), Jason Jung (South Korea), Evan King (England), Kiki Komlenic (Croatia), Emily Meaney (Australia) and Angela Pan (Canada). Additionally, Emmy Rawson (Muncie, Ind.) was born in China and Kate May (Glen Carbon, Ill.) holds dual citizenship in the USA and Japan.
NAVY MEN TO LEARN SERVICE ASSIGNMENTS ON THURSDAY
While the Purdue Invitational always features a good deal of international representation, an American service academy will also be participating again. The Air Force women competed at the last Purdue Invitational, which was held in November 2015. This year it will be the Navy men in attendance.
The Naval Academy's class of 2018 receives its service assignments Thursday, informing first-class midshipmen which warfare communities they will serve once they are commissioned as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. For the seniors on Navy's men's swimming & diving team, they will learn those assignments as part of a ceremony at the Burke Aquatic Center. The ceremony is scheduled to be held after Thursday's swimming prelims, which should be completed between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
Throughout their four years of study, midshipmen are exposed to the various career paths offered by the Navy and Marine Corps, and submit their service assignment preferences between the 24 different options in late August of their senior year.
The Boilermakers had an opportunity to witness the service assignments announcement last year while competing at Virginia Tech's H2Okie Fall Invitational, which also featured the Navy men.
|ORDER OF EVENTS
Relays, 1650 Free & Platform Diving are Finals Only
A-B-C-D Finals for Swimming Events; Top 12 Divers in Prelims Advance
Springboard Diving Finals at 6:15 & 6:50 p.m.
200 Free Relay
400 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay
400 Free Relay