WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, November 12. DAVID Boudia, Brian Kiel, Erin Mertz, Lauren Nichols and Seraphina Van led the way with a pair of individual victories each, as the Purdue swimming and diving teams topped Eastern Michigan in a double dual meet Friday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The Purdue women posted the best time or score in 15 of the 16 events to cruise to a 198-97 victory. The Purdue men had the best showing in 14 of the 16 events and won 187-108. Both teams are now 4-0 in dual meets going into next weekend's 14-team Purdue Invitational, which is the programs' marquee event of the fall competition schedule. Eight universities will be represented at next weekend's Invitational, which opens Friday morning and runs through Sunday, Nov. 21.
"I thought it was a great effort all around," Purdue women's coach John Klinge said. "Eastern Michigan always has a great team and I have a lot of respect for their coach (Peter Linn). I thought our team raced really hard and we did it after a tough training week. They still came in pretty sharp and demonstrated some things that we've been working on in practice the last couple weeks."
"We wanted to get faster each week, with this being the fourth week out of five. And we want to try to win our Invitational and have our best meet of the fall next week," Purdue men's coach Dan Ross said. "Brian Kiel swam a lot better in the 200 free and 200 IM, and that's what we see in practice. We've got speed and good endurance. Our strokes still have to get better, but I think we're where we need to be. We got what we wanted out of this meet. Eastern Michigan has a couple great swimmers, but our depth prevailed. I think we're ready for the Purdue Invite, which will be kind of a dry run for what the Big Ten meet will be like."
Erin Mertz swept the 1- and 3-meter diving events, Lauren Nichols was victorious in the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints, and Seraphina Van captured the 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly.
Nichols posted a new season-best time (23.39) by a Boilermaker in the 50 free and Lauren Roth did likewise in the 100 butterfly (56.63).
"You get used to swimming the 50 and 100 free back-to-back with the break in between," Nichols said. "But it's definitely a challenge swimming the two sprints in a short time. The team is looking good. Each meet we are getting better and better, and it's going to lead up all the way up to Big Tens, where we're going to do very well."
Ariel Martin and Roth were both part of the two relay winners. Martin swam the backstroke leg of 400 medley and was the second swimmer in the water on the 200 free. Individually, she was victorious in the 100 back. Roth, meanwhile, swam the anchor leg on both relays.
Lisa Butler, Emily Fogle and Van each won an individual event and were part of a relay winner. Butler finished first in the 200 free and swam the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay. Fogle posted the top time in the 200 individual medley and swam the breaststroke leg of the medley relay. Van took care of the butterfly segment of the medley relay winner.
Other individual winners for the women included: Caitlin Hamilton in the 500 free, Colleen Drew in the 200 back and Jessica Davis in the 100 breast.
David Boudia, Scott Dean, Brian Kiel and the 200 medley relay all posted new season-best times for the Boilermakers.
Kiel won a pair of close races, out touching teammate Andrew Starr by three-tenths of a second in the 200 freestyle and EMU's Jacob Hanson by two-tenths of a second in the 200 individual medley. His time (1:52.29) in the in the 200 IM was a new season best for Purdue.
"Coming down to the final finish always makes for a great race, and the 200 free and 200 IM both finished the same way," Kiel said. "I was pleased with my swims and I'm sure the people racing against me were as well. I've been feeling very comfortable here at home. And not only me, but the other freshmen as well. We've just formed a great team and relationships with the other guys. We've prepared ourselves very well and I think we're ready for the big Invitational next weekend."
Boudia posted his top score of the fall in the 1-meter dive (439.35) while also capturing the 3-meter by more than 100 points.
Scott Dean's time (2:06.88) in the 200 breastroke was the other new individual seasonal benchmark by a Boilermaker.
Phil Geerdes (100 free) and Albert Miller (100 breast) each won an individual event and helped the victorious 200 medley relay team establish a new season top time (1:31.86) for Purdue. Chuck Destro and Geerdes were members of both relay teams, Destro swimming the backstroke leg of the medley and the third segment of the freestyle. Geerdes anchored the 200 medley and swam second on the 200 free.
Other Boilermakers posting the top times of the night for the men included: Ben Ziolkowski in the 50 free, Matt Stewart in the 500 free, Drew Wolfred in the 1000 free, Steven Ung in the 100 back and Eduard Galdeano in the 200 fly.
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