Feb. 1, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A victory from platform towers by diver MacKenzie Tweardy highlighted the final day of the Big Ten Triple Duals for Purdue women's swimming and diving Saturday morning.
The two-day meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center featured Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin. Saturday's schedule not only was comprised of nine events, but also the Boilers' senior salute ceremony and an autograph session with Olympic gold medalist and Purdue alumnus David Boudia. The Boilermakers recognized 15 seniors for their contributions to the swim-dive programs after the meet.
The No. 25 Wisconsin women were able to overcome a seven-point deficit entering the day to defeat the No. 18 Purdue women, 183-168. The Wisconsin women's comeback was spearheaded by victories in both freestyle relays.
The Minnesota men and women each posted a pair of dual meet victories after being the top-ranked teams (women 13th, men 14th) among the three schools entering the weekend.
The Boilermakers are now 7-3 in duals this season.
Unfortunately, Purdue came out on the short end of the other two tight finishes. Minnesota's Kiera Janzen finished strong in the 500 freestyle to out touch Allie Davis by .11 hundredths of a second. In the 400 IM, it was the Gophers' Hailey Szews out touching Francesca Marr by .62 hundredths of a second. However, Wisconsin's Aja Van Hout ended up as the 400 IM event winner after posting her time of 4:18.46 in the first heat.
Platform diving was contested Saturday as an exhibition event that did not count towards the team scoring. Tweardy won the women's competition with a Purdue season-best score of 320.55. The Purdue divers won five of the six diving events on the weekend.
Selected members of the women's team will compete at the two-day Ohio State Winter Invite next weekend in Columbus, but the majority of the Boilers be focusing on the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 19-22 in Minneapolis).
Final Team Scores
#25 Wisconsin 183, #18 Purdue 168
#13 Minnesota 226, #18 Purdue 127
#13 Minnesota 202, #25 Wisconsin 149
Purdue's Top Finishers & Notables
* -- New Purdue Season-Best Time/Score
^ -- New Personal Season-Best Time/Score
200 Free Relay
Mercer, Vogel, Marshall & Sheets, 1:33.96^ - Finished 3rd
400 Free Relay
Mercer, Hernandez, Marshall & Sheets, 3:24.56 - Finished 3rd
Carly Mercer, 50.27 - Finished 2nd
Brittany Fozkos, 53.99 - Won Exhibition Heat
Allie Davis, 4:48.05 - Finished 2nd (Out Touched by UM's Janzen by .11 hundredths)
Lizzy Lyon, 4:56.41 - Won Heat 1, 4th Overall (Davis, Petric & Lyon Finished 2-3-4)
Trish Regan, 2:03.19 - Finished 6th
Francesca Marr, 2:16.27 - Finished 2nd
Madison Monteiro, 2:21.59 - Won Heat 1, 4th Overall
Meagan Lim, 55.38 - Finished 4th
Alex Todd, 55.94 - Won Heat 1, 6th Overall
Francesca Marr, 4:23.44 - Finished 3rd (Out Touched by UM's Szews by .62 hundredths in Heat 2)
Platform Diving (Non-Scoring Exhibition)
MacKenzie Tweardy, 320.55* - Event Winner