Nov. 19, 2013
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Following another impressive showing at a competitive large meet, Filip Bujoczek of Purdue men's swimming and diving has been selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row.
At the three-day, six-session Minnesota Grand Prix, Bujoczek set a new Purdue freshman record in the 500 freestyle, was the Boilers' top finisher in three freestyle events (100, 200 and 500), and swam on the team's top foursomes in all three relay events. The Minnesota Grand Prix was part of USA Swimming's Arena Grand Prix Series and featured professional and independent club swimmers along with collegiate student-athletes.
Bujoczek also won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Nov. 12 following his victory in the 200 free and runner-up showing in the 500 free at the November Quad, which featured Iowa, Northwestern and Ohio State.
The freshman from Poland posted a time of 4:22.69 in the 500 free on day two at Minnesota, accounting for the second-fastest mark in program history. He also eclipsed teammate Jan Karel Petric's freshman record from the 2012 Big Ten Championships.
In the relays, Bujoczek helped the Boilers win the 800 free and finish as the runner-up in the 400 free and 400 medley. His split of 1:38.28 on the leadoff leg of the 800 free relay was second in the entire event behind only teammate Guillermo Blanco, who was Purdue's Big Ten Swimmer of the Week nominee this week.
While placing fourth in the B final of the 200 free, Bujoczek posted the seventh-fastest time (1:37.80) in program history. He recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 200 and 500 free at Minnesota. His 500 free time ranks third nationally this week according to data compiled by CollegeSwimming.com.
Around the Big Ten, only Minnesota's Daryl Turner has also been named Freshman of the Week twice so far this season.
The Purdue men, women and divers will all be in action this weekend. Bujoczek and selected members of the No. 22 Purdue men host Miami (Ohio) for dual meet action Friday at 6 p.m. The No. 16 Purdue women and all the divers travel to Columbus for the three-day, six-session Ohio State Invitational.