Jan. 25, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 18 Purdue women's swimming and diving swept the freestyle sprints and the diving events, but those turned out to be the Boilers' only victories of the day in a 154.5.-135.5 dual meet loss at No. 11 Indiana Saturday afternoon.
Purdue suffered its first dual meet loss of the season, falling to 7-1. The Hoosiers improved to 7-3 in duals this year.
Carly Mercer swept the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints, improving her team-best total for individual victories this season to 16. She also swam on each of the Boilers' top-finishing relay teams.
Michelle Cabassol won the 1-meter diving competition for her sixth win of the season. MacKenzie Tweardy bested IU's Kate Hillman in platform diving after also finishing second to Cabassol from the 1-meter springboard.
Francesca Marr was Purdue's top individual finisher in three events, placing second in both breaststroke races along with taking third in the 200 IM. She was out touched by less than a second by IU's Bronwyn Pasloski in both breaststroke events. The Purdue junior managed to post a new team season-best time (1:02.97) in the 100 breast. The 200 breast was decided by just .09 hundredths of a second.
Allie Davis also finished as the runner-up in a pair of events, placing second in the 200 and 500 free. Meagan Lim was the Boilers' top finisher in both butterfly events. Trish Regan recorded a personal season-best time (2:02.13) in the 200 backstroke, improving on her second-best time on the team in the event this year.
Purdue's 200 medley relay team of Hannah Manger, Marr, Kylie Vogel and Mercer improved on its personal season-best time (1:42.92) as a foursome set in the dual meet win against Michigan two weeks ago.
The Boilermakers were without two of their top performers Saturday as Casey Matthews and Rhiannon Sheets did not compete. Purdue continues to focus its training towards the Big Ten Championships in February.
The Boilers' six seniors will be recognized as part of the annual senior salute in conjunction with next weekend's two-day Big Ten Triple Duals at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Purdue will welcome No. 13 Minnesota dn Wisconsin to campus, with action begins Friday evening at 6 p.m.
Purdue Winners & Top Finishers
* -- New Purdue Season-Best Time
^ -- New Personal Season-Best Time
Michelle Cabassol, 300.75 - Event Winner (Cabassol & Tweardy Finished 1-2)
MacKenzie Tweardy, 300.75 - Event Winner
Carly Mercer, 23.07 - Event Winner
Carly Mercer, 49.96 - Event Winner
Allie Davis, 1:49.35 - Finished 2nd
Allie Davis, 4:53.10 - Finished 2nd
Nika Karlina Petric, 16:56.28 - Finished 3rd
Hannah Manger, 57.33 - Finished 4th
Trish Regan, 2:02.13^ - Finished 5th
Francesca Marr, 1:02.97* - Finished 2nd
Francesca Marr, 2:15.79 - Finished 2nd (Out touched by .09 hundredths of a second)
Meagan Lim, 55.36 - Finished 2nd
Meagan Lim, 2:01.25 - Finished 3rd
Francesca Marr, 2:06.60 - Finished 3rd
200 Medley Relay
Manger, Marr, Vogel & Mercer, 1:42.92^ - Finished 2nd
400 Free Relay
Mercer, Hernandez, Davis & Marshall, 3:26.48 - Finished 2nd