CO-ED DUAL MEET INFORMATION
Purdue Men and Women at Miami (Ohio)
Friday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. ET
Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center / Oxford, Ohio
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue swimming & diving teams begin their new seasons with their lone road trip of the fall semester, visiting Miami (Ohio) for the annual early-season dual.
Action gets underway Friday at 3 p.m. ET at the Nixon Aquatic Center in Southwest Ohio.
The Boilermakers begin their home season next week with a co-ed dual vs. South Carolina on Thursday. The men's swimmers will also compete at home Oct. 21 for the annual Indiana Intercollegiates meet.
Friday's season-opening competition was originally slated to be a triple dual with Miami and Wright State, but the Raiders had to withdraw from the meet. Along with South Carolina, Purdue will also compete head-to-head against Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern this season. The most prestigious multi-day meets of the season are the Purdue Invitational in November, Big Ten Championships in February, Zone C Diving Championships in March and NCAA Championships in March.
The Boilermakers have competed against Miami every year dating back to the 2007-08 campaign. But beginning in October 2009, the men's and women's teams from both schools opted to compete at separate duals -- one gender in West Lafayette and the other in Oxford. That changed last season after Hollie Bonewit-Cron was hired as the head coach of both Miami programs. She opted to have the MU men travel to the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic in consecutive years to get both genders on the same location schedule for the annual dual.
Olympian Steele Johnson is arguably the most decorated active Purdue student-athlete across all sports. He's a four-time NCAA diving champion, but actually trails teammate Marat Amaltdinov in Big Ten titles. Amaltdinov has won the last two Big Ten crowns in the 200 breaststroke. Johnson was the Big Ten champion on platform last year.
Kaersten Meitz was named to the USA Swimming National Team after representing the U.S. in three events at the World University Games. As a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 500 freestyle, she'll have an opportunity to close out her career this spring as a four-time individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships.
Joe Young (100 and 200 back, 100 fly, 200 IM) and Meitz (200 through 1,650 free) both rank among the Purdue all-time top 10 in four individual events. Meitz is the Purdue record holder in the 500 and 1,000 free.
All seven of the Boilermakers' returning divers qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships. Joe Cifelli, Brandon Loschiavo, Emily Meaney, Morgan Meixner, Samm Reese, Lexi Vincent and Johnson teamed up to claim nine All-America honors, giving Purdue an All-American in all three diving events. Johnson and Loschiavo went on to compete at the FINA World Championships while Cifelli and Meaney joined Meitz at the World University Games.
Kiki Komlenic (100 back), Amaltdinov (200 breast) and Meitz are Purdue record holders in both an individual event and relay. Amaltdinov and Komlenic swam the breaststroke and backstroke legs on the men's record-setting 400 medley relay team at Big Tens last season. Meitz swam the anchor leg on the 400 medley relay at the 2016 Big Ten Championships.
Jackie Smailis is Purdue's only active swimmer to be part of two program-record relay teams. She helped the 200 medley relay team established a new benchmark at Big Tens in 2016 and did likewise with the 400 medley team last season.