Oct. 24, 2013
|Order of Events
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
Purdue Men & Women
DePauw Men & Women
Evansville Men & Women
Indianapolis Men & Women
Rose-Hulman Men & Women
Valparaiso Men & Women
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue swimming and diving teams open their home schedules Saturday with the annual early-season Indiana Intercollegiates, a meet that will feature 14 teams representing eight colleges from the around the state of Indiana this year.
Action begins Saturday at noon at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. DePauw, Evansville, the University of Indianapolis, Rose-Hulman and Valparaiso along with the Butler women and Wabash men will be competing alongside the Boilermakers Saturday.
The Indiana Intercollegiates is the first of six meets this season at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in which the Purdue men and women will compete together. It's also the first of three consecutive weekends in which there will be co-ed home meets. Notre Dame is town next Friday for dual action and the November Quad featuring Northwestern, Ohio State and the Iowa men is set for Nov. 8.
The Purdue women opened their new season last Friday with a dual meet victory at Miami (Ohio). The men's divers also competed in Oxford and built a 34-4 lead that will carry over to the Purdue-Miami men's dual Nov. 22 in West Lafayette.
The Purdue men and women also participated in the Oct. 19 Breaststroke 4 Hope swim-a-thon fundraiser last weekend at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The Indiana Intercollegiates meet annually gives Purdue the opportunity to showcase its facilities at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center to the large groups of Indiana residents that make up the rosters of the visiting teams, along with their friends and families in attendance.
In seasons past, both coaching staffs have utilized the Indiana Intercollegiates as an opportunity to allow their swimmers to compete in a diverse collection of events besides just their specialties.
Among returning Boilermakers, Danny Tucker (50 and 100 free), Layne Rogers (1- and 3-meter diving), Lyam Dias (200 IM), Michelle Cabassol (3-meter diving), Allie Davis (200 Free), Lizzy Lyon (500 Free), Carly Mercer (200 IM), MacKenzie Tweardy (1-meter diving) and were all individual winners at the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiates. Alec Back (1- and 3-meter diving), Manuel Gutierrez (200 free), Rhiannon Sheets (100 fly), Mercer (200 IM) and Tucker (50 Free) are among those still active whom had wins at the 2011 event.
Tucker headlines the returning men's swimmers. The two-time NCAA Championships qualifier and school-record holder in the 100-yard freestyle won the 100-meter free at the U.S. Open in Southern California this summer, becoming Purdue's first ever national champion at the event. Matt Friede and Tucker were both part of the Boilers' 200 free relay teams the last two seasons that earned Honorable Mention All-America acclaim by scoring at NCAAs. But Purdue will be looking to fill two spots on its top freestyle relays this year after the graduation of 2012-13 team captains Chuck Destro and Benjamin Ziolkowski.
Stephen Seliskar and Dias as well as divers Jamie Bissett and Rogers are also back after representing the Purdue men at NCAAs last season. Bissett and Rogers each earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition for their performances at the national championship meet.
Danny Conway, Nate Hopkins, Jacob McGough, Luke Trimmer, Friede and Gutierrez joined Tucker as Boilermakers that competed at the U.S. Open this summer. Meanwhile, Nate Cox, Sean Mokhtari, Back and Rogers also represented Purdue at USA Diving's AT&T Senior Nationals in August.
Four newcomers -- Grace Hernandez, Meagan Lim, Hannah Manger and Trish Regan -- were among the Boilers' 10 individual winners at the women's dual victory at Miami (Ohio) last weekend. The men's freshmen get an opportunity to make their college debuts Saturday.