Oct. 28, 2010
Team Links: Louisville | Rice | SMU | USC
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s swimming and diving will be one of five teams participating in the SMU Classic Swim Meet this weekend in Dallas, selecting eight swimmers and one diver to travel to the competitive invitational.
The meet begins at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday and Saturday evening at Perkins Natatorium, which features of the few remaining six-lane pools at the NCAA Division I level. Louisville, Rice, SMU and USC will also have eight swimmers and one diver competing.
Each team is limited to nine participants but is required to have a representative in every event. Katie Beck, Lisa Butler, Emily Fogle, Kristen Gilson, Ariel Martin, Emily McIlrath, Lauren Roth, Allie Smith and diver Erin Mertz have been selected to travel for Purdue this weekend.
Gilson (Plano) and Roth (Carrollton) are both natives of suburban Dallas and get an opportunity to return home this weekend to compete in front of friends and family.
“The SMU Classic has a unique format; each team that competes can only bring eight swimmers and one diver,” Purdue head coach John Klinge said. “It’s pretty tough to fill out a full lineup. So you have to put some people in maybe not their best events. But it is fun going with a smaller group and competing against USC, Louisville, Rice and SMU. It should be a competitive meet. Last weekend we swam at home and we had 33 women that can fill out a lineup, now we have eight. That makes it fun and exciting. The environment should be really good. The [Purdue] men have loved going and I think our women are really excited to see what this meet is like.
“We’re swimming against some competition we won’t see again until the NCAA Championships. We will see Louisville again at our Invitational (Nov. 19-21), but most of them we don’t get to compete against. It’s exciting to swim a meet like this at this time of the year. We’re still a little tired, but training has been going really well. We’ll get to see where we are against some great competition.”
The Purdue men are scheduled to travel to Dallas for the SMU Invitational in mid-January.
Mertz (1- and 3-meter dives) and Roth (100 and 200 fly, 500 free twice) led the way for the Boilermakers with four individual victories apiece during the season-opening weekend, which featured a dual meet victory against Miami (Ohio) and a full afternoon of competition Saturday at Purude’s Indiana Intercollegiates. Mertz was also named the Big Ten Conference Diver of the Week Tuesday.
Ariel Martin (50 and 200 free, 100 back) touched the wall first in three events last weekend, Butler (100 free and 200 IM) posted two wins, and Fogle (200 IM), McIlrath (100 fly) and Smith (100 back) were also victorious in an event.