Season Recap: Boilers Send Nine To NCAAs, Set Five New Relay Records

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Erin Mertz finished third in the 3-meter diving at the NCAA Championships.
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Erin Mertz finished third in the 3-meter diving at the NCAA Championships.
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April 16, 2011


Purdue Awards & Honors | Big Ten Season Recap

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Nine NCAA Championships qualifiers and five new relay records established at the Big Ten Championships highlighted the 2010-11 season for Purdue women’s swimming and diving.

The nine NCAA qualifiers – seven swimmers and two divers – matched a program record established in 2010. Lisa Butler, Kara Cook, Emily Fogle, Lauren Gustafson, Caitlin Hamilton, Ariel Martin, Erin Mertz, Lauren Nichols and Allie Smith represented the Boilers at the national championship meet in Austin, Texas.

Mertz scored from all three boards at NCAAs, highlighted by a career-best third-place showing in the 3-meter competition that earned the senior All-American honors. Joining Mertz as Honorable Mention All-Americans were Cook (platform diving) and Hamilton (1,650 free) as well as the 400 and 800 relay teams. Butler, Martin and Gustafson swam on both scoring relays along with Smith (400) and Fogle (800).

Purdue scored 36 points at the NCAA Championships to place 25th nationally, ranking fifth among the Big Ten teams that scored at the meet.

Purdue set new records in all five relay events at the Big Ten Championships. Butler, Martin and Gustafson were each part of four of the five new relay records. Lauren Roth (three), Fogle (two) and Smith (two) also contributed to multiple record-setting relays.

Individually, new program records were established in seven events at the Big Ten Championships. Martin (100 & 200 free), Cook (platform diving), Fogle (200 breast), Hamilton (500 free), Mertz (3-meter diving) and Smith (100 back) all set a new benchmark in Purdue history. Fogle’s time in the 100 breast was also a freshman record.

Jan. 22 in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers defeated rival Indiana in dual meet action for the first time since 2000. Purdue also posted notable dual-scoring victories vs. Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame and LSU.

Purdue continued to excel academically as well. Smith was selected as the Big Ten’s female recipient of the prestigious Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship Award. She was the second Boilermaker to be selected for the honor, which is awarded to only one male and one female student-athlete each year.

Twenty-seven members of the program earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the most of any winter sport at Purdue. The Boilermakers ranked seventh nationally with a 3.51 team GPA during the fall 2010 semester.

Purdue won four weekly awards from the conference office. Mertz was recognized as the Big Ten Diver of the Week twice during the fall semester, and Martin and Samantha Feulner were honored as Swimmers of the Week. When Martin won the award on Jan. 25 after the dual-meet victory against Indiana she became the first Boiler woman to be honored since November 2006.

Purdue will have to bid adieu to an accomplished eight-member senior class that rewrote the record book and elevated the level of the program both in the Big Ten and on the national scene. But the Boilers are scheduled to return a number of top performers for the 2011-12 campaign.

ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Erin Mertz – 3-Meter Diving

HONORABLE METIONAL ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Caitlin Hamilton – 1,650 Free
Erin Mertz – 1-Meter & Platform Diving
Kara Cook – Platform Diving
Lisa Butler – 400 & 800 Free Relays
Lauren Gustafson – 400 & 800 Free Relays
Ariel Martin – 400 & 800 Free Relays
Allie Smith – 400 Free Relay
Emily Fogle – 800 Free Relay

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
Lisa Butler – 50, 100 & 200 Free; Relays
Kara Cook – Diving
Emily Fogle – 100 & 200 Breast; Relays
Lauren Gustafson – Relays
Caitlin Hamilton – 500 & 1650 Free
Ariel Martin – 50, 100 & 200 Free; Relays
Erin Mertz – Diving
Lauren Nichols – Relays
Allie Smith – 100 Back & 200 IM; Relays

BIG TEN HONORS
Kara Cook – Second Team All-Big Ten
Caitlin Hamilton – Second Team All-Big Ten
Ariel Martin – Second Team All-Big Ten

BIG TEN POSTGRADUATE AWARD
Allie Smith – Wayne Duke Award

NEW SCHOOL RECORDS
Ariel Martin – 100 Free, 48.68 & 200 Free, 1:45.25
Caitlin Hamilton – 500 Free, 4:43.07
Allie Smith – 100 Back, 52.81
Emily Fogle – 200 Breast, 2:10.57
Erin Mertz – 3-Meter Diving, 388.35
Kara Cook – Platform Diving, 349.55
200 Free Relay Team (Martin, Butler, Nichols & Gustafson), 1:29.70
400 Free Relay Team (Martin, Butler, Roth & Gustafson), 3:17.47
800 Free Relay Team (Martin, Butler, Roth & Gustafson), 7:06.90
200 Medley Relay Team (Smith, Fogle, Butler & Martin), 1:39.40
400 Medley Relay Team (Smith, Fogle, Roth & Gustafson), 3:38.13

NEW PURDUE FRESHMAN RECORDS
Emily Fogle – 100 Breast, 100.54 & 200 Breast, 2:10.57

TEAM AWARDS
MVP – Ariel Martin, Erin Mertz
Most Improved – Maddie Miskulin, Emily Fogle
Red Mackey – Allie Smith
P2S – Emily McIlrath, Kara Cook
Whatever it Takes – Senior Class
Cathy Wright Eger “Continuing Women of Educational Excellence” Award – Katie Beck
Most Inspirational Senior Performance – Lisa Butler
Top Recruiter – Tracy Glaser
Commitment to Excellence – Caitlin Hamilton
Work Horse Award – Lauren Roth, Amy Gutwein, Kristen Gilson

BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
Diver of the Week: Erin Mertz (Oct. 26 & Nov. 9)
Swimmer of the Week: Ariel Martin (Jan. 25), Samantha Feulner (Feb. 15)

ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Katie Beck
Sara Bogert
Nora Brolsma
Kara Cook
Jessica Davis
Sarah Dunleavy
Kristen Gilson
Katie Guell
Lauren Gustafson
Amy Gutwein
Caitlin Hamilton
Katie Hingst
Christina Jacobs
Mary-Margaret Lopez
Ariel Martin
Casey Matthews
Emily McIlrath
Maddie Miskulin
Lauren Nichols
Megan Roach
Ellie Roeing
Lauren Roth
Jessica Skiba
Allie Smith
Courtney Tumbush
Seraphina Van
Jenna York