Nov. 21, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 12 Purdue men's swimming competes for the final time in 2013 and closes out the first-semester home schedule at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center by hosting Miami (Ohio) Friday evening.
Action gets underway at 6 p.m. Friday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Boilermakers will enter the night with a 32-6 scoring lead after the men's divers had the top three finishers in both springboard events Oct. 18 in Oxford. The men's divers competed in conjunction with the women's dual meet that night so they could compete at the Ohio State Invitational this weekend.
Purdue is 3-1 in dual meet action this season and had a number of strong showings at the Minnesota Grand Prix last weekend in Minneapolis. The Boilermakers jumped to No. 12 in the latest CSCAA Top 25 rankings after debuting in the bi-weekly poll at No. 22 on Nov. 6.
The Purdue men have competed against Miami in dual meet action in each of the last six seasons dating back to 2007-08. The Miami dual has been an annual home-and-home part of the schedule along with other regular head-to-head opponents like Notre Dame, Northwestern, Michigan State and Indiana. The RedHawks were also a regular dual meet opponent for Purdue throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Purdue's Dan Ross and Miami's Pete Lindsay -- in their 29th and 30th seasons, respectively -- are among the longest-tenured college head coaches in the Midwest.
Twenty-four swimmers represented the Boilermakers at the three-day Minnesota Grand Prix. Ross said that the swimmers who didn't travel to the Twin Cities would be the primary competitors at Friday's dual. So fans should expect Purdue's top performers to fill out the events instead of being the first guys seeded. The standard 14-event swim dual format will be utilized, with the exception of the 200 freestyle relay replacing the 400 free relay.
Thanks to their performances at the Minnesota Grand Prix, Guillermo Blanco, Filip Bujoczek, Danny Conway and Lyam Dias are all ranked among the Top 20 nationally at CollegeSwimming.com with their season-best times. Danny Tucker's 50 free time of 19.87 from the Indiana Intercollegiates continues to rank second nationally. The Boilermakers figure to have some more company at the top of the rankings in the coming weeks as more teams suit up for their fastest meets of the fall, but Purdue's top performers have certainly set strong standards.
Along with Tucker, Blanco (1st, 400 IM), Dias (1st, 200 breast; 2nd, 100 breast) and Bujoczek (3rd, 500 free) are right at the top of the list in their premier events.
Current Boilers accounted for all 14 of Purdue's individual event victories at last year's dual win at Miami. Stephen Seliskar (100 back, 100 fly), Blanco (200 free, 200 IM), Dias (100 and 200 breast) and Tucker (50 and 100 free) were each two-time winners. Jan Karel Petric has won the 500 free vs. the RedHawks each of the last two seasons. Eduard Galdeano (200 fly) and Manuel Gutierrez (200 IM) also won events in the 2011 home victory vs. Miami.
The RedHawks have dual meet wins against Xavier and Cleveland State and competed against Ohio State in a relays-only meet Nov. 9 in Oxford. Miami is continuing to gear up for its three-day home invitational, set for Dec. 5-7.
The majority of the Boilers will be traveling to Hawaii for the annual winter training camp, set for Dec. 18 through Jan. 9 this season. A co-ed dual meet against the University of Hawaii is in the works for Jan. 4.
Purdue's Top 20 Individual National Rankings as of Nov. 18
Rankings via Data Collected by CollegeSwimming.com
Danny Tucker, 50 free (19.87) -- 2nd
Filip Bujoczek, 200 free (1:37.80) -- 19th
Filip Bujoczek, 500 free (4:22.69) -- 3rd
Lyam Dias, 100 Breast (53.75) -- 2nd
Lyam Dias, 200 Breast (1:55.60) -- 1st
Guillermo Blanco, 200 IM (1:48.15) -- 9th
Lyam Dias, 200 IM (1:48.40) -- 11th
Guillermo Blanco, 400 IM (3:48.26) -- 1st
Danny Conway, 400 IM (3:54.48) -- 17th