DUAL MEET INFORMATION
Purdue Men and Women host Michigan State
Friday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. ET / Senior Day Ceremony at 4:45 p.m.
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Back from their winter training trip on Oahu for about a week, the Purdue swimming & diving teams resume their dual meet schedules by hosting Michigan State on Friday for the annual Senior Day meet.
The final co-ed meet of the season at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center begins at 5 p.m. ET. Purdue's iconic Big Bass Drum will be on hand again for the 4:45 p.m. Senior Day ceremony. Twenty Boilermakers -- 18 student-athletes and two members of the support staff -- will be recognized for their contributing to the Purdue swimming & diving.
The 2018 seniors are an accomplished group. The men's senior class features Marat Amaltdinov, Chris Bals, Hudson Bursch, Alex Close, Konnor de Venecia, Sean Gartland, Adam Noens, Jared Schimmelpfenning, Jake Thomas and Nate Thomas. The eight seniors for the women includes Alex Ford, Julianne Heyde, Rachel Ho, Hanna House, Kaersten Meitz, Emmy Rawson, Samm Reese and Annie Spalding. The group of 18 student-athletes features seven Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and 14 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
It will be a 16-event format for Friday, with platform diving also contested as a non-scoring exhibition. All relays will be 200 yards in length. The men have opted to compete in the 1,650 freestyle instead of the traditional 1,000 featured at most duals.
QUOTING THE COACHES ON THE SENIORS
Dan Ross: "They have created a culture of respect, hard work and appreciating each other. We've had some great training. I've seen, tacitly, messages sent between guys where if somebody is slacking off a little bit, they pull them back in. I think they've done a really good job of bringing everyone together."
John Klinge: "The senior class is exceptionally positive. They make coming to practice every day a lot of fun. I really hope our freshman, sophomore and junior classes are paying attention to what this senior class is doing and learning from them; it's huge shoes to fill. They make every day fun, they work hard and they do everything you want athletes to do."
TOP-FIVE TIMES FROM MEETS OTHER THAN THE PURDUE INVITATIONAL
The Boilermakers' top times sheet is a listing of the top five times/scores on the team in each event from that season. For the individual swimming events, by the end of the season the majority of those times are from the Big Ten Championships and, secondarily, whatever served as the multi-day invitational in the fall (the Purdue Invite this season). The 1,000 free is the primary exception among the individual events since it is not contested at invitational and championship meets. However, often times there are other outliers -- personal season-best times from dual meets that continue to rank among the team's best.
In the men's dual meet win at Hawaii last week, a few Boilermakers posted personal season bests despite the meet falling at the end of the taxing winter training trip. Erik Juliusson (50 free, 100 fly), James Boone (200 free), Gabi Gomez-Treig (50 free) and Grant Lewis (500 free) all managed to register times in Honolulu that ranked among the top five on the team this season. Batuhan Hakan and Jackson Higgins did likewise in the aforementioned 1,000 freestyle.
Other notable non-Purdue Invite times that remain among the top five includes: Adam Noens in the 200 free (Indiana Intercollegiates), Trent Pellini in the 200 breaststroke (South Carolina dual), Joe Young in the 100 butterfly (South Carolina) and Nick McDowell in the 200 fly (Iowa dual).
The women did not compete against Hawaii during the winter training trip. Kaersten Meitz's times in the 50 (dual at Miami U) and 100 free (Iowa) are the only marks that meet the same criteria.
All-America: Marat Amaltdinov
USA Swimming National Team: Kaersten Meitz
Academic All-America: Marat Amaltdinov
Honorable Mention All-America: Kaersten Meitz (2), Samm Reese
Big Ten Champion: Marat Amaltdinov (2)
NCAA Championships Qualifiers: Marat Amaltdinov (3), Kaersten Meitz (3), Emmy Rawson, Samm Reese
World University Games Qualifiers: Marat Amaltdinov, Kaersten Meitz
Individual Program Record Holders: Kaersten Meitz (3), Marat Amaltdinov, Jake Thomas
Part of Program Record Relay(s): Marat Amaltdinov, Kaersten Meitz
Big Ten Swimmer of the Week: Amaltdinov (4), Meitz (2), Julianne Heyde
Distinguished Big Ten Scholars: Alex Close, Rachel Ho, Alex Ford, Hanna House, Nate Thomas, Amaltdinov, J. Thomas
CSCAA Scholars: Chris Bals, Hudson Bursch, Annie Spalding, Amaltdinov, House, J. Thomas, N. Thomas
Academic All-Big Ten: Konnor de Venecia, Jared Schimmelpfenning, Amaltdinov, Bals, Close, Ford, Heyde, Ho, House, Meitz, Reese, Spalding, J. Thomas, N. Thomas
PURDUE'S 2017 EVENT WINNERS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Men: Steele Johnson (1-meter and 3-meter), Marat Amaltdinov (100 and 200 breast), Erik Juliusson (100 IM, 200 free), Nick McDowell (500 and 1000 free), Eddy Zawatski (50 free), James Boone (100 free), Kiki Komlenic (100 back), Joe Young (200 back) and Grant Lewis (200 fly).
Women: Cady Farlow (100 and 200 breast), Kaersten Meitz (200 and 500 free), Emily Meaney (1-meter), Morgan Meixner (3-meter), Emily Meckstroth (1,000 free), Jackie Smailis (100 back), Maddie Barta (200 back), Taite Kitchel (200 fly) and Alex Clarke (100 IM).
PURDUE'S 2017-18 INDIVIDUAL VICTORY LEADERS
Men: Marat Amaltdinov 11, Steele Johnson 8, Nick McDowell 6, Adam Noens 6, Joe Young 5
Women: Kaersten Meitz 11, Taite Kitchel 10, Jinq En Phee 4, three tied with 2