Purdue Trio Ready for World Univ. Games
Aug. 18, 2017

World University Games: Official FISU / Taipei 2017 / USA Team / Live Video

TAIPEI - All-America honorees Joe Cifelli, Emily Meaney and Kaersten Meitz are set to compete among their peers on the international stage, representing Purdue swimming & diving at the World University Games.

The three Boilermakers are scheduled to compete in a combined six events after Meitz was added to the USA's 4x200 freestyle relay team for the prelims and Meaney was paired with Brittany O'Brien for synchronized 10-meter diving. Diving is being contested at the University of Taipei's Shih-hsin Hall and swimming at the National Taiwan Sport University Arena. The opening ceremonies are Saturday at 7 p.m. local time.

Taipei is 12 hours ahead of the USA's Eastern Time Zone, meaning that morning events at the World University Games take place the night before here in the U.S.

Cifelli and Meitz were on the same flight to San Francisco where they joined up the larger USA Diving and USA Swimming travel parties for the long flight across the Pacific Ocean. Meaney had been in her native Australia since May and traveled to Taipei from her homeland. This year marks the first time since 2007 that the Boilermakers have been represented by at least one swimmer and one diver at the World University Games.

Cifelli will be the first to compete, representing the USA in the 1-meter diving prelims Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. ET. The men's 1-meter field features 29 divers. The top 12 in the prelims advance, with the top two auto-qualifying for the final. Six more spots in the final are available to those competing in the semifinals. The semis and final are set for Monday, Aug. 21.

Meaney will dive for Australia in the 10-meter competition. It's a 19-diver field for the individual event with prelims set for Monday, Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. ET. The semifinals are held about an hour later and the final is Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 4 a.m. ET.

Meitz will be Purdue's first women's swimmer to race for the USA at the World University Games. The 800-meter freestyle prelims are Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. ET and the final is about 36 hours later. The 400 free has its prelims and final on the same day -- Saturday, Aug. 26 in Taipei. The prelims of the 4x200 free relay are Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

While Purdue swimming & diving has been consistently represented at the biennial Summer Universiade over the last 25 years, the 2017 World University Games is a special occasion for Purdue Athletics as a whole because of the Boilermakers' wider participation. Purdue men's basketball was selected to compete as Team USA. Purdue tennis will also be represented by Gergely Madarasz and Krisztina Kapitany, both competing for Hungary.

Purdue men's swimming & diving head coach Dan Ross, an avid basketball fan, made the trip to Taipei for his third World University Games. He's chronicling his adventures via a blog here at PurdueSports.com. Women's swimming & diving head coach John Klinge is also headed to Taipei. Along with the full men's basketball coaching and support staff, they are joined by athletics directors Jason Butikofer and Nancy Cross as well as diving's supervisor of operations Tim Bertsch.

Featuring swimmers ages 17 to 23 who are current college students or recent graduates, the World University Games has been a springboard to international success for numerous athletes. Ten different Purdue divers have now been selected to compete at the World University Games since Adam Soldati became head coach in the spring of 2005. Alumna Ashley Karnes (2007-10) won bronze in 1-meter diving for Team USA at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.

Cifelli and Meaney earned All-American honors at the 2017 NCAA Championships in the same events in which they'll be competing this month. Meitz was an honorable mention All-American in the 500-yard freestyle for the second year in a row.

All Days/Times Converted to USA's Eastern Time Zone
Joe Cifelli, USA -- 1-Meter Diving
Prelims: Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. -- Finished 18th
Semis: Monday, Aug. 21 at 1 or 1:30 a.m.
Final: Monday, Aug. 21 at 2:45 a.m.
Emily Meaney, Australia -- 10-Meter Diving (Individual & Synchro)
Synchro Final: Monday, Aug. 21 at 4:15 a.m. -- Silver Medalist
Individual Prelims: Monday, Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. -- Finished 7th
Individual Semis: Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 1 a.m. -- Finished 11th
Individual Final: Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 4 a.m. -- Finished 10th
Kaersten Meitz, USA -- 400 and 800-Meter Freestyle, 4x200 Free Relay
4x200 Free Relay Prelims: Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10:30 p.m. -- Split of 2:00.49; USA 1st
800 Prelims: Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10:55 p.m. -- Finished 8th
800 Final: Friday, Aug. 25 at 7:02 a.m. -- Finished 8th
400 Prelims: Friday, Aug. 25 at 9:27 p.m. -- Finished 4th
400 Final: Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8:04 a.m. -- Finished 5th

Taiwan 2017: Joe Cifelli (USA), Kaersten Meitz (USA), Emily Meaney (Australia)
South Korea 2015: Marat Amaltdinov (Russia), Nika Karlina Petric (Slovenia)
Russia 2013: MacKenzie Tweardy (USA)
China 2011: Danny Cox (USA)
Serbia 2009: David Colturi (USA), Kara Cook (USA), Ashley Karnes (USA)
Thailand 2007: Romain Maire (France), Amanda Miller (USA), Giordan Pogioli (USA), Zach Schultz (USA)
Turkey 2005: Carrie McCambridge (USA), Giordan Pogioli (USA)




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