Purdue Men and Women host South Carolina
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. ET
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue Men's Swimmers host the Indiana Intercollegiates
Saturday, Oct. 21 at Noon ET / Co-Ed Meet
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana
Visiting Teams: DePauw, Evansville, Manchester, Rose-Hulman, Valparaiso, Ball State (women), Indiana Wesleyan (women), Wabash (men)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center serves as the host pool for a pair of meets this week as the Purdue swimming & diving teams begin the home-heavy portions of their fall semester schedules.
Thursday's home opener, a co-ed dual meet vs. South Carolina, begins at 6 p.m. ET. The Gamecock men are ranked 16th nationally and their counterparts on the women's side also return five NCAA Championships qualifiers from last year.
Purdue and South Carolina both have a combined 10 student-athletes that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships.
The South Carolina dual is the first of the Boilermakers' four home meets against high-level competition this fall. Notre Dame (Oct. 27) and Iowa (Nov. 3) visit West Lafayette for co-ed duals over the next two weekends, and the field for the three-day Purdue Invitational (Nov. 16-18) is among the best in recent history. Co-ed representation from Florida, Indiana, Virginia Tech and Missouri State headlines the Purdue Invite field this year.
Purdue's men's swimmers are also hosting the annual Indiana Intercollegiates meet again this year. Action begins Saturday at noon. Highlighted by the state-wide representation, 14 teams representing nine Indiana-based universities are scheduled to compete. The Boilermakers race against DePauw, Evansville, Manchester, Rose-Hulman, Valparaiso and Wabash. Women's teams from Ball State and Indiana Wesleyan will also be in attendance.
Admission is free for all regular-season home meets at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. The facility was officially renamed in May in honor of the longtime Purdue athletics director and former swim team captain.
THE SCOOP ON SOUTH CAROLINA-PURDUE
Purdue men's coach Dan Ross is a native of North Augusta, South Carolina. Two years ago he took the Purdue men to Columbia for an October dual with the Gamecocks. South Carolina is returning the trip this fall with full co-ed representation. The Gamecocks will also visit Cincinnati for a dual with the Bearcats on Saturday before flying home.
The South Carolina men feature the reining Southeastern Conference champions in the 500 (Fynn Minuth) and 1,650 freestyle (Akram Mahmoud). Both distance specialists went on to finish among the top five of their elite events at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors. They headline a group of 10 (five men, five women) returning NCAA Championships qualifiers from last season.
Of the 10 active Boilermakers to qualify for the national championship meet last season, eight went on to earn All-America honors. Marat Amaltdinov and the Gamecocks' Nils Wich-Glasen were both in the championship final of the 200 breaststroke. While the South Carolina men specialize in distance freestyle events, they also have All-Americans in 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley. The women's program had three divers qualify for NCAAs and were also represented in the breaststroke and IM events. Emma Barksdale (400 IM) and Allyson Nied (platform) both finished 13th.
Joe Young (100 back) is the only active Boilermaker that won an event at the Carolina Natatorium during Purdue's visit to Columbia two years ago. Young impressed in the season-opening meet of his junior year, sweeping the 100 back and 200 IM as well as contributing to the victorious 200 medley relay in the dual win at Miami (Ohio).
Kaersten Meitz posted NCAA provisional-qualifying times (B Cuts) while winning the 200 (1:47.95) and 500 free (4:45.30) at Miami. She was the lone Boilermaker to accomplish the feat at the season-opening meet.
Emmy Rawson (2016) and Taite Kitchel (2017) joined Meitz among the women's NCAAs qualifiers the last two years. In program history, Rawson and Kitchel rank 1-2 in the 200 fly and among the top seven of both the 100 fly and 200 IM. Kitchel won all three of those events at Miami, out-touching Rawson in each. Less than a half of a second decided all three races, with Kitchel (55.21) topping Rawson (55.29) by only eight hundreds in the 100 fly.
Victorious in both springboard events in Oxford, Steele Johnson posted his eighth-consecutive sweep of the diving events at a regular-season college meet. That streak dates back to the 2016 Indiana Intercollegiates.
Among Purdue's men's swimmers, Chris Bals, Nick McDowell, Adam Noens, Eddy Zawatski and Amaltdinov have all won an individual event at the Indiana Intercollegiates during their careers. Most of Purdue's returning lettermen have traditionally competed in at least one off-event at the meet over the years.
Junior James Boone (46.77) won the 100 free at Miami, but it was freshman Nathan Barsanti that accounted for the team's best time in the event. Barsanti led off the victorious 400 free relay with a split of 46.18. Many of the freshmen on the men's team were given opportunities to show what they could do in the freestyle events in Oxford. Led by Ryan Lawrence, the Boilermakers' top three finishers in the 50 free were all freshmen. Barsanti teamed with classmates Keith Gill, Dale Williams and Lawrence on the victorious 400 free relay team.
Jinq En Phee and Cady Farlow continue to provide the Purdue women with a formidable 1-2 punch in the breaststroke events. Phee out-touched Farlow by 21 hundredths to win the 100 in Oxford. But Farlow has maintained a major advantage in the 200, besting the Olympian by more than six seconds in the season-opening meet.
INDIANA INTERCOLLEGIATES ORDER OF EVENTS
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay