WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A program record was eclipsed for the third day in a row at Purdue swimming and diving's Purdue Invitational, but the last session of the three-day meet also featured two new pool records at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The Purdue men and women each closed out victories in the team scoring Sunday, both teams winning by sizable margins over the rest of the field.
For the second day in a row, Emily Fogle posted an NCAA automatic-qualifying time while eclipsing her own program record in a breaststroke event. She won the A final of the 200 breast Sunday with a time of 2:07.30 that also established a new pool record. While program records are certainly more prestigious, pool records are more of a rare occurrence. Many of the women's pool records date back to the 2010 NCAA Championships. Fogle eclipsed Alia Atkinson's time of 2:07.38, which she posted while winning the NCAA title for Texas A&M.
About 10 minutes later, Marat Amaltdinov followed Fogle's lead and eclipsed the men's pool record in the 200 breast. Amaltdinov won the A final with a time of 1:54.61, besting former program record holder Giordan Pogioli's pool benchmark of 1:55.00 from 2008. Amaltdinov also swept the breaststroke events this weekend, registering a pair of improved NCAA provisional-qualifying times.
The other new record Sunday was posted by Maddie Barta in the 200 backstroke. She established a new Purdue freshman mark of 1:57.88 while finishing as the runner-up in the A final. It doubled as the third-fastest time in program history. The Boilermakers had four of the top 10 finishers in the event, with Hanna House (1:59.58, 7th) and Breanna Robinson (2:00.13, 10th) also recording top-10 times in program history.
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Grace Hernandez (100 free) and Kaersten Meitz (1650 free) also won individual events and then joined forces with Allie Davis and Robinson to lead the Boilermakers to a victory in the 400 freestyle relay to close out the meet. Their time of 3:19.20 was good for fifth in the Purdue record book. Meitz improved on her second-fastest time (16:09.96) in program history in the mile. Hernandez cracked the Purdue all-time top 10 in the 100 free at ninth with a time of 49.83.
Filip Bujoczek (100 free) and Danny Conway (200 fly) each finished as the runner-up in an A final race after winning their prelim heats. Bujoczek posted an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 44.29 that doubled as the ninth fastest in program history.
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Tim Barth (B final) and Stephen Seliskar (C final) won 200 backstroke races in the evening session. The Purdue men had seven student-athletes score in the 200 back, the most of any event Sunday. Jake Thomas took third in the A final as the Boilermakers' top finisher.
Sophomore Annie Spalding moved into fourth place on the Purdue top-10 list when she finished third in the A final of the 200 breast with a time of 2:15.52. Spalding's time was faster than the previous program record (2:15.83) Fogle first eclipsed as a freshman at the 2010 Purdue Invitational.
Before the finals session Sunday, the Boilermakers honored the Air Force with a special rendition of the National Anthem. An Air Force veteran in attendance was recognized and the American flag that hangs on the north wall of the facility was spotlighted for having journeyed from the nearby the Grissom Air Reserve Base to military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Air Force women's team that competed at the Purdue Invitational this weekend then took center stage on the bulkhead in the middle of the competition pool as the Star Spangled Banner was played. The Air Force cadets traveled to Indiana via a flight from the academy in Colorado Springs to Grissom Air Reserve Base.
The Boilermakers are now scheduled until to be idle from competition until after the first of the year. However, selected divers will compete at the USA Diving Winter Nationals, which are set for Dec. 15-20 in Indianapolis.
A full individual scoring recap of the Purdue Invitational will be available here at PurdueSports.com this week.
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Final Team Scores
Notre Dame, 557.5
Missouri State, 491
Southern Illinois, 376.5
No. 24 Purdue, 1002
Notre Dame, 692
Florida International, 386
Air Force, 276
Missouri State, 260
Southern Illinois, 208
San Diego, 182