NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET INFORMATION
Purdue Women at the NCAA Championships
Wednesday to Saturday, March 14 to 17 / ESPNU, ESPN3 and WatchESPN
Wednesday: 800 Free Relay at 6 p.m. ET
Thursday and Saturday: 10 a.m. Prelims, 6 p.m. Finals
Friday: 9 a.m. ET Prelims, 5 p.m. Finals
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion / Columbus, Ohio
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A program-record 12 Boilermakers will represent Purdue women's swimming & diving in a combined 12 events this week at the premier collegiate showcase in the country, the NCAA Championships.
The meet begins Wednesday with the 800 freestyle relay and continues through Saturday night at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, which also served as the host pool of Big Ten Championships and Zone C Diving Championships over the past month. The individual events begin with Thursday's prelims. The Boilermakers are slated to have at least six student-athletes compete each full day of the meet.
Purdue is set to have multiple representatives in all three diving events. The Boilermakers also had a relay team (800 free) qualify for the first time since 2015.
ESPNU and the WatchESPN app will provide live television coverage of Friday's finals session, which has been moved up an hour to 5 p.m. ET. The Saturday night finals session will also be live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. OhioStateBuckeyes.com is offering free webcasts of the remaining sessions, including the diving prelims and early heats of the 1650 freestyle Saturday.
WHO'S COMPETING FOR PURDUE
The Boilermakers will be represented in the individual events by swimmers Taite Kitchel, Kaersten Meitz, Jinq En Phee and Emmy Rawson as well as divers Emily Bretscher, Emily Meaney, Morgan Meixner, Samm Reese and Lexi Vincent. Gretta DeCoursey, Megan Johnson and Maizie Seidl will team with Meitz on the 800 free relay team.
Meitz is making her fourth appearance at the national championship meet, becoming just the fifth member of the program to qualify four times as an individual.
Vincent qualified in platform diving for the third year in a row. She's just Purdue's second female diver to accomplish that feat in any diving events.
Kitchel, Meaney, Meixner, Rawson and Reese all made it the second time in their careers. Phee joins freshmen Bretscher, DeCoursey, Johnson and Seidl as first-time qualifiers.
RECENT ALL-AMERICA HISTORY
Purdue has had at least one women's diver earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in 13 of the last 14 years. Purdue's five diving qualifiers this year is a program first and a big part of the team-record total of 12 student-athletes earning berths.
Meaney and Vincent were both championship finalists in platform diving a year ago to earn All-America honors.
Meitz (500 free) and Reese (1-meter diving) were honorable mention All-Americans as consolation finalists in 2017. Meitz became Purdue's first swimmer to be an All-American in an individual event in consecutive years since Caitlin Hamilton in 2010 and 2011. Lindsay Lange (2001-03) and Kim Fritsch (1992-94) are the only swimmers to accomplish the feat three years in a row.
Meitz is seeded sixth in the 500 free via her program record (4:36.59) in the event from the Purdue Invitational. She's also seeded 12th in the mile, another record she eclipsed this year. Divers are not seeded.
Finishing among the top 16 in the prelims is what assures an athlete of All-America honors. The top eight compete for the national title in the championship final. Ninth to 16th place in the prelims advance to the consolation final and earn honorable mention All-America accolades. The mile is the only individual event that does not have prelims.
The Boilermakers have finished in 23rd place in the team scoring each of the last two seasons. Purdue has finished in the top 25 at NCAAs nine times since 2005.
The Purdue men will be represented by four student-athletes at the NCAA Championships next week in Minneapolis. Marat Amaltdinov, Joe Cifelli, Steele Johnson and Brandon Loschiavo are all slated to make at least their second appearances at the national championship meet.
PURDUE ENTRIES & SCHEDULE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Emily Bretscher -- 1-Meter, Platform Diving
Taite Kitchel -- 100, 200 Fly; 200 IM
Emily Meaney --Platform Diving
Kaersten Meitz -- 200, 500, 1650 Free; 800 Free Relay
Morgan Meixner -- 1-Meter, 3-Meter Diving
Jinq En Phee -- 100, 200 Breast
Emmy Rawson -- 100, 200 Fly; 200 IM
Samm Reese -- 1-Meter, 3-Meter Diving
Lexi Vincent -- Platform Diving
Gretta DeCoursey -- 800 Free Relay
Megan Johnson -- 800 Free Relay
Maizie Seidl -- 800 Free Relay
Wednesday, March 14 -- 6 p.m. ET
800 Free Relay -- Gretta DeCoursey, Megan Johnson, Kaersten Meitz, Maizie Seidl
Thursday, March 15 -- 10 a.m. Swimming Prelims, 12:30 p.m. Diving Prelims // 6 p.m. Finals
500 Free -- Kaersten Meitz
200 IM -- Taite Kitchel, Emmy Rawson
1-Meter Diving -- Emily Bretscher, Morgan Meixner, Samm Reese
Friday, March 16 -- 9 a.m. Swimming Prelims, 11:30 a.m. Diving Prelims // 6 p.m. Finals
100 Fly -- Taite Kitchel, Emmy Rawson
100 Breast -- Jinq En Phee
200 Free -- Kaersten Meitz
3-Meter Diving -- Morgan Meixner, Samm Reese
Saturday, March 17 -- 10 a.m. Swimming Prelims, 12:15 p.m. Diving Prelims // 6 p.m. Finals
1650 Free (3:45 p.m.) -- Kaersten Meitz
200 Breast -- Jinq En Phee
200 Fly -- Taite Kitchel, Emmy Rawson
Platform Diving -- Emily Bretscher, Emily Meaney, Lexi Vincent