Sheets' Seven New Benchmarks Highlight Boilers' Record-Setting Weekend

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Rhiannon Sheets also swam on each of Purdue's five top-performing relays.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Rhiannon Sheets also swam on each of Purdue's five top-performing relays.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 5, 2011


Season Top Times: Men | Women >>> Program Records: Men | Women

Ohio State Invitational Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It was a record-setting weekend to punctuate the fall season for the Purdue women's swimmers at the Ohio State Invitational, a three-day meet that featured nine new program records established by the Boilermakers.

Freshman Rhiannon Sheets led the way with seven new program benchmarks. The Carmel, Ind., native won the 100 (53.80) and 200 butterfly (1:56.67) with program-record times that obviously doubled as Purdue freshman records. But the newcomer also excelled in the freestyle sprints and finished the weekend having set new freshman marks in the 50, 100 and 200 free.

Sheets' finished her 50 free head-to-head swim-off with teammate Carly Mercer in 23.12. Mercer, a sophomore transfer from Arkansas, posted a personal season-best time of 23.03 in the same race. Meanwhile, Sheets also established new freshman records while leading off the Boilers' top-performing 400 and 800 free relays. She finished her leg of the 400 free relay in 49.82 and the leadoff leg of the 800 free relay in 1:48.11.

Lauren Roth (500 free, 4:42.12) and Emily Fogle (200 breast, 2:10.32) also set new school-record times while winning their events.

Meanwhile, a number of Boilers improved their standing on the program's all-time top times list with their performances in Columbus. Those highlights and times are listed below.

Purdue will continue to train for the second half of its season. A Jan. 14 home meet against Michigan State, a double dual meet featuring the men and women, marks the beginning of a busy second half.

Rhiannon Sheets
50 Free -- New Freshman Record: 23.12; Previous Freshman Record: 23.24 (Susan Hentschel, 2004)
100 Free - New Freshman Record: 49.82 (5th Fastest in Program History); Previous Freshman Record: 50.26 (Susan Hentschel, 2004)
200 Free - New Freshman Record, 1:48.11 (5th Fastest in Program History); Previous Freshman Record: 1:49.26 (Lauren Roth, 2009)
100 Fly - New Program Record, 53.80; Previous Program Record: 54.26 (Katie Beck, 2009); Previous Freshman Record: 55.05 (Seraphina Van, 2010)
200 Fly - New Program Record, 1:56.67; Previous Program Record: 1:58.09 (Carlene Takaki, 2007); Previous Freshman Record: 2:01.03 (Lauren Roth, 2009)

Emily Fogle
200 Breast
- New Program Record: 2:10.32; Previous Program Record: 2:10.57 (Fogle, 2011)
200 IM - 2:01.60 (3rd Fastest in Program History)

Lauren Roth
500 Free
- New Program Record: 4:42.12; Previous Program Record: 4:43.07 (Caitlin Hamilton, 2011)

Lauren Gustafson
50 Free
- 22.90 (4th Fastest in Program History)
100 Free - 49.74 (3rd Fastest in Program History)

Colleen Drew
500 Free
- 4:48.20 (5th Fastest in Program History)
200 Back - 1:59.91 (4th Fastest in Program History)

Danielle Romain
100 Back - 55.51 (5th Fastest in Program History)
200 Back - 2:00.16 (5th Fastest in Program History)

Megan Gallagher
1650 Free - 16:28.83 (3rd Fastest in Program History)

Relays
200 Free Relay: Mercer, Nichols, Sheets & Gustafson - 1:30.60 (2nd Fastest in Program History)
400 Free Relay: Sheets, Gustafson, Roth & Mercer - 3:18.75 (3rd Fastest in Program History)
800 Free Relay: Sheets, Roth, Drew & Mercer - 7:15.39 (3rd Fastest in Program History)
200 Medley Relay: Katz, Fogle, Sheets & Gustafson - 1:40.34 (3rd Fastest in Program History)
400 Medley Relay: Katz, Fogle, Sheets & Gustafson - 3:39.33 (2nd Fastest in Program History)