DUAL MEET INFORMATION
No. 16 Purdue Women host No. 10 Notre Dame
No. 23 Purdue Men host No. 14 Notre Dame
Friday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. ET
Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center / West Lafayette, Indiana
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue swimming & diving teams' second co-ed meet of the season at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center sets up as another great non-conference test as the Boilermakers host nationally ranked Notre Dame on Friday.
The 16-event co-ed dual gets underway at 5 p.m. ET.
The Boilermakers are partnering with Be The Match again, providing information on the mezzanine level of the aquatic center to help identify potential bone marrow donors. The partnership came to be in January 2014 after the passing of Purdue associate athletics director Tom Reiter. Following a long tenure as an assistant basketball coach with the Boilermakers, Reiter transitioned into administrator role with athletics and served as the sport supervisor for swimming & diving.
Fans that register as bone marrow donors with Be The Match will be entered in a drawing to win a Fitbit Blaze. Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, Be The Match has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world over the last 25 years. The organization has helped facilitate transplants in the quest to cure blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
FOUR NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America released its October top-25 rankings this week. Both Purdue programs moved up from receiving votes to top-25 teams after winning their first two dual meets of the season at Miami (Ohio) and vs. South Carolina. The Purdue women jumped all the way to No. 16 and the men are ranked No. 23. Notre Dame is also highly thought of nationally, with the men rising to No. 10 and the women to No. 14 this week.
The Fighting Irish opened the season with five straight home meets, hosting the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays on Oct. 6 and co-ed duals vs. Louisville, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Georgia Tech. The A&M dual was the only one in which UND was not victorious.
HOME SUCCESS AGAINST THE FIGHTING IRISH
The Purdue men have won five straight home duals vs. Notre Dame dating back to the fall of 2005. The Purdue women have won all four of their home duals vs. the Fighting Irish under 10th-year head coach John Klinge. The Boilermakers also finished in front of both UND teams at the 2015 Purdue Invitational.
Two seasons ago, the Notre Dame men opted for the Purdue Invitational in lieu of the annual dual with the Boilermakers. With only the women competing head-to-head that fall as part of a Halloween dual at the Burke Aquatic Center, Friday's meet will be the first Purdue-Notre Dame co-ed dual in West Lafayette since November 2013.
PURDUE'S TOP PERFORMERS SO FAR
Marat Amaltdinov (breaststroke), Steele Johnson (diving), Nick McDowell (distance) and Kaersten Meitz (distance freestyle) all swept their premier events last season in South Bend. The Purdue women posted victories against Miami (Fla.) and Rutgers in the quad-meet scoring, but saw their seven-meet win streak against the Fighting Irish come to an end. The men's meet was a straight dual.
Amaltdinov, Johnson, McDowell and Meitz remain among the Boilermakers' top individual performers in dual meet action. Taite Kitchel and Meitz lead the Purdue women with five individual event victories apiece over the first two meets. Joe Young, Amaltdinov and Johnson have all won four individual events so far for the men. Adam Noens and McDowell are close behind with three victories apiece.
Entering the weekend, data compiled by CollegeSwimming.com shows Amaltdinov (1:57.01 in 200 breast) and Johnson (455.03 on 1-meter, 480.53 on 3-meter) having the top time/score in the nation so far this season in at least one event. Meitz is top 10 in both distance freestyle events.
Jinq En Phee (100 breast), Kitchel (200 fly) and Noens (400 IM) have joined Amaltdinov and Meitz as Boilermakers that have already recorded early-season B Cuts.
Next week's co-ed dual vs. Iowa will be Purdue's final dual meet until January. The upcoming three-day Purdue Invitational, set for Nov. 16 to 18, headlines the current homestand at the Burke Aquatic Center.