WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - All-America honors for four Boilermakers and another top-25 finish at the NCAA Championships highlighted the 2016-17 season for Purdue women's swimming & diving.
The Boilermakers were represented by six student-athletes in a combined nine events at the national championship meet. All-Americans Lexi Vincent (5th) and Emily Meaney (7th) qualified for the championship final of platform diving, making Purdue the only school with two finalists in the event. They led the way as the Boilermakers finished 23rd in the team scoring, finishing in the top 25 at NCAAs for the 10th time since 2005.
Kaersten Meitz finished in 13th place in the 500 freestyle at NCAAs to earn honorable mention All-America accolades for the second year in a row, becoming the first Purdue swimmer to repeat as an All-American since 2010 and 2011. She qualified for the national championship meet as an individual for the third year in a row. Samm Reese was an honorable mention All-American in 1-meter diving in her debut at NCAAs.
The Boilermakers also had an opportunity to host the Big Ten Championships for the first time since 2010. Three new program records were established and Meitz medaled with a third-place finish in the 500 free.
With Samm Reese also earning Honorable Mention All-America accolades on 1-meter at NCAAs this season, the Purdue women had three All-American divers in the same year for just the second time (2009). The Purdue women have had at least one diving All-American 13 times in the last 14 years. Four of the Boilermakers' female divers qualified for the NCAA Championships for only the second time (2014).
Three new program records and six Boilermakers scoring in all three of their individual events highlighted the 2017 Big Ten Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Seventeen Boilermakers accounted for team points in an individual event, helping Purdue finish in sixth place. The Boilermakers finished among the top half of the conference for the fourth time in the last five years.
Meitz eclipsed her own program record in the 500 freestyle (4:37.35) twice and finished among the top 11 in all three of her individual events, accounting for a team-high 66 team points.
Meaney established new program and freshman records in platform diving (359.3), eclipsing the freshman mark in the prelims and the team record in the championship final while finishing fourth. The Australian broke a freshman record that stood since 2008.
Jackie Smailis, Cady Farlow, Meagan Lim and Danielle Auckley eclipsed the Purdue record in the 200 medley relay (1:38.30) to begin the meet. It marked the third year in a row the Boilermakers set a new record in a medley relay at the Big Ten Championships. Smailis (25 points) and Lim (23) joined Emmy Rawson (30), Taite Kitchel (29), Alex Clarke (20) and Meitz as the six Boilermakers to score in all three of their individual events. Auckley, Meitz and Smailis were all part of four different relays.
Purdue will have to bid adieu to five seniors but all six Boilermakers that qualified for the NCAA Championships this year are expected to return for the 2017-18 season.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
Taite Kitchel -- 100 & 200 Butterfly; 200 Individual Medley
Emily Meaney -- 3-Meter & Platform Diving
Kaersten Meitz -- 200, 500 & 1650 Freestyle
Morgan Meixner -- 1-Meter Diving
Samm Reese -- 1-Meter & 3-Meter Diving
Lexi Vincent -- Platform Diving
WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES QUALIFIERS
Kaersten Meitz -- 400- & 800-Meter Freestyle (USA)
Emily Meaney -- 10-Meter & 10-Meter Synchro (Australia)
NEW PROGRAM RECORDS
500 Freestyle -- Kaersten Meitz, 4:37.45
1000 Freestyle -- Kaersten Meitz, 9:38.79
Platform Diving -- Emily Meaney, 359.3
200 Medley Relay -- Smailis, Farlow, Lim & Auckley, 1:38.3
NEW PURDUE FRESHMAN RECORD
Platform Diving -- Emily Meaney, 359.3
Most Valuable -- Emily Meaney & Kaersten Meitz
Most Improved -- Emily Converse
P2S&D -- Danielle Auckley
Whatever It Takes -- Emily Meckstroth & Lexi Vincent
Star Recruiter -- Natalie Mudd
Tom Reiter Commitment to Excellence -- Cady Farlow & Kaersten Meitz
Cathy Wright-Eger Continuing Women of Educational Excellence -- Grace Hernandez & Taite Kitchel
Captain Awards -- Grace Hernandez, Meagan Lim & Samm Reese
Red Mackey Nominee -- Meagan Lim
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (3.0+ GPA)