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Three Boilers Garner Weekly Swim-Dive Honors From Big Ten

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Layne Rogers swept the springboard events at the Purdue Invitational.
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Layne Rogers swept the springboard events at the Purdue Invitational.
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Nov. 20, 2012


Purdue Invitational Results | Dive-by-Dive Scoring

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Together they were part of six event victories for the Boilermakers' swimming and diving teams at the Purdue Invitational, earning Carly Mercer, Maddie Miskulin and Layne Rogers weekly honors from the Big Ten Conference office Tuesday.

Mercer was named the women's Swimmer of the Week, Miskulin took women's Diver of the Week and Roger was honored as the men's Freshman of the Week. Mercer won the A Final of the 50 free and swam the leadoff leg on the victorious 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Miskulin was the top scoring women's diver of the weekend, highlighted by her victory in the platform competition Sunday. Rogers won the springboard events to help the Purdue men sweep the diving events.

Mercer joins Samantha Feulner and Amy Katz as active Boilers on the women's team to garner Swimmer of the Week honors. Miskulin is the first Purdue diver from the women's program to garner the weekly honor since Erin Mertz in November 2010. Rogers was recognized as the Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, sharing the award this week with Penn State swimmer Shane Ryan.

Mercer qualified for the A final in each of her four individual events, accounting for 69 team points to help the Purdue women win the title at the seven-team Purdue Invitational. Along with winning the 50 free, she placed second in the 100 free, third in the 200 free and third in the 200 IM. Mercer posted NCAA provisional qualifying B Cut times in the 50 (22.75) and 100 free (49.42) and 200 IM (2:01.59), all ranking as Purdue season-best benchmarks. All three times, as well as her clocking in the 200 free (1:48.18), ranked among the Top 10 in program history.

Mercer posted her season-best time in the 100 free while leading off the victorious 400 free relay in the final event of the weekend. Friday she also opened the 200 free relay with a strong split and the Purdue foursome went on to win the event. The Boilermakers finished the Purdue Invitational having won four of the five relays. The 400 free relay time of 3:18.07 was the second fastest in program history while the 200 free relay mark of 1:30.66 was good for third. Lauren Gustafson, Lauren Nichols and Rhiannon Sheets also swam on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Miskulin accounted for 47 team points with her finishes on the diving boards. She placed third in the 3-meter Friday (320.75) and eighth in the 1-meter Saturday (273.35) before winning the platform Sunday in the Boilers' first platform competition of the season. Each of her three scores was an NCAA Zone qualifier. Purdue will serve as host of the Zone C meet in March of this season.

Miskulin earned a list-high score of 67.20 on her fifth and final dive of the platform competition to overtake Michigan's Carey Chen for the event victory.

Rogers has now won the springboard competitions at each of the three home meets this season, giving him six individual victories for the season. In both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the Purdue Invitational, the West Lafayette native executed his dive list more efficiently in the finals and improved on his scores from the preliminaries.

In Friday's 1-meter competition, Rogers scored 313.50 to rank third in the prelims. That night he earned a score of 349.15 on his list to best teammates Jamie Bissett and Alec Back, who finished second and third. Saturday's 3-meter competition played out in similar fashion. He scored 314.05 points (good for seventh) in the prelims and 363.90 in the finals. The 3-meter final was the most tightly contested of the weekend. Only 2.6 points separated Rogers and Bissett in third place. The freshman earned a list-high score of 81.60 on his final 3-meter dive to seal the victory.

Rogers opted not to participate in Sunday's platform competition, won by Purdue's Sean Mokhtari. Rogers' season-best scores in the springboard events, posted at the Indiana Intercollegiates meet on Oct. 20, qualified him for the Zone meet and rank among the Top 10 in program history.

Miskulin and Rogers return to action the weekend of Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 when the divers compete at the Ohio State Invitational. The swimmers will compete again at a meet in Florida during their upcoming winter training road trip, set for Dec. 15-23.