Purdue Swimming & Diving hosts the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiates at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Former Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach and University of Maryland assistant Erica Beine completed her third season as an assistant for Purdue women's swimming and diving in 2013-14. Beine joined the Boilermakers in June 2011.
"Erica brings a great deal of knowledge, experience, and excitement to our program," Purdue head coach John Klinge said. "We are very fortunate to have her as part of Purdue Swimming and Diving."
Purdue finished among the Top 25 at the 2014 NCAA Championships for the fifth time in the last six year and for the eighth time since 2005. The Boilermakers were represented by a program-high 10 student-athletes, including seven swimmers, at the national championship meet.
Carly Mercer established a new program record in the 100 free, became the first Boilermaker to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors three times in one season and qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. Rhiannon Sheets made it to the national championship for the third year in a row.
Alex Todd and Kylie Vogel both broke the program record in the 100 fly at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Meagan Lim (100 fly) and Hannah Manger (100 back) established new freshman benchmarks during their inaugural college seasons.
Swimmers Allie Davis, Lauren Gustafson, Lauren Nichols, Nika Karlina Petric Mercer and Sheets were among the eight Boilermakers to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Championships under Beine's guidance. Gustafson (50 and 100 free) and Sheets (100 & 200 fly, 200 IM) raced in individual events and joined forces with their teammates in the three freestyle relay events. Gustafson, Nichols and Sheets went back to the national championship meet for the second time in their Purdue careers. Davis and Petric qualified for the NCAA Championships as freshmen.
Twelve members of the program scored team points individually at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis. Gustafson was named Second Team All-Big Ten after finishing as the runner-up in the 100 free and breaking the program record in the 50 free. The 200 freestyle relay team of Mercer, Gustafson, Nichols and Sheets also posted an NCAA A Cut time at the conference championship meet.
The Boilermakers won the seven-team 2013 Purdue Invitational the weekend before Thanksgiving. A number of fast times emerged from the weekend, highlighted by Emily Fogle breaking her own program record in the 100 breaststroke.
The 2012-13 recruiting class that Beine helped sign up was ranked 11th nationally by CollegeSwimming.com.
Three individual NCAA Championships qualifiers and 16 new school records highlighted the 2011-12 season for Purdue. Nine swimmers also represented the Boilers at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.
Lauren Roth and Fogle both made their second appearances at the NCAA Championships, where they were joined by Sheets as a freshman. One day after scoring in the 100 breaststroke, Fogle won the consolation final of the 200 breaststroke at the national championship meet to garner her second Honorable Mention All-America award of the weekend.
The Boilermakers' 16 new records established in 2011-12 featured seven individual team benchmarks, seven individual freshman bests and two relay records. Fogle, Roth and Sheets accounted for 10 of the 14 new individual marks. Amy Katz, Fogle and Gustafson swam on both recording-setting medley relay teams at the Big Ten Championships. Kylie Vogel and Sheets split the butterfly duties on the relay quartets.
Fogle was part of a record-setting event on all four days of the Big Ten Championships. She set new records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 IM. The sophomore posted NCAA automatic qualifying times in both breaststroke events, officially punching her ticket to the NCAA Championships.
Beine was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Maryland during the 2010-11 season after spending two years as the head coach of both the men and women at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was named the 2010 Horizon League Coach of the Year after leading the UWM men to their first conference title in a decade. The women's team was also the runner-up at the 2010 Horizon League Championships.
Beine made the transition from assistant to head coach at Milwaukee, serving two years as an assistant prior to becoming the leader of the two programs. She also worked one year as a graduate assistant at Ball State while earning a master's degree in sports administration.
During Beine's tenure as the head coach at Milwaukee, the Panthers rewrote their record books. Sixty-five total records were eclipsed 77 different times in her two years. She helped coach 13 individual league champions. At Maryland, she coached Atlantic Coast Conference champions in the 50 free and 100 fly on the women's side. The Terrapins had four swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championships, earning All-America and Honorable Mention All-America honors en route to finishing 22nd with 42 team points. The 200 free relay team placed eighth nationally.
A five-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier during her college career at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Beine spent one year as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater after closing out her career. She was an eight-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree, swimming on four conference champion relay teams. She helped lead the Pointers to the 2001 WIAC title.
Beine earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and coaching from UWSP. She is a native of Oshkosh, Wis., and is married to Dave Beine. The couple has a young son, Simon.