WEST LAFAYETTE, IN., January 28. THE No. 24 Indiana women's swimming and diving squad improved to 6-2 and 1-1 in Big Ten action after extending its win streak to five meets with a 157-141 conquest of No. 19 Purdue on Jan. 22 in the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind, per reports from the visiting school.
The victory marked the fifth consecutive season Indiana has triumphed over the Boilermakers.
Overall, the Hoosiers won nine of 16 events, while sophomore Leila Vaziri paced IU with three event titles. The win squared the Crimson and Gold Cup standings at 3.50-3.50, with the next rivalry battle coming on Feb. 5 between the men's swimming and diving squads in West Lafayette.
"It was a good win for us today," Head Coach Dorsey Tierney said. "I thought, from a competitive-racing standpoint, this was the best we have been all year. We raced to get our hand on the wall first several times. It was really fun to see. Lauren Torpey had a nice swim in the 1,000. We definitely were focused in today. We were very professional in our preparation. We just need to work on relay starts."
In the opening event of the meet, IU's quartet of Vaziri, junior Kristen Bradley, senior Erin Smith and sophomore Annica Lofstedt claimed the 200-yard medley relay crown with a 1:44.54 effort. Purdue's squad of freshman Jenae Gill, freshman Jennifer Lavers, senior Christine Leupold and senior Tracy Duchac finished in second with a 1:45.37. The Boilermakers also placed third in the event as sophomore Kimbre Vogel, sophomore Rory Belk, freshman Abby Kiffmeyer and freshman Lauren Willis clocked a 1:48.21. At the end of the race, IU held an 11-6 lead.
In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Indiana extended its lead to 23-13 when Torpey posted the sixth-fastest time in IU history with a personal-best 10:02.77 to win the event. Purdue junior Erica Chandler took second in 10:14.59, while teammate Yvonne Laaper finished in third in 10:22.83. Also of note, sophomore Meghan Keefer finished in fifth with a career-best 10:33.96 time that shaved nine seconds off her previous personal standard.
Purdue cut the gap to 29-26 in the 200-yard freestyle with a top-two sweep. Leupold won the title in a B-cut time of 1:49.69, while sophomore Susan Hentschel took second with a B-cut of her own in 1:50.35. Junior Doherty Colgin wound up in third for IU in 1:51.05.
The Cream and Crimson countered in the 100-yard backstroke as Vaziri claimed the crown in 56.21. PU's Gill (57.01) and Vogel (58.84) finished in second and third, respectively. At the completion of the swim, IU maintained a 40-34 margin.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, the Boilermakers returned the favor with a top-four sweep to take a 50-43 lead. Freshman Shannon Grace won the event for Purdue in 1:05.07, while Lavers took second in 1:05.26 and Belk placed third in 1:05.40.
Indiana responded in the 200-yard butterfly to snare a 58-54 lead. Junior Sarah Bugden finished first with a 2:04.43 effort, while junior Lauren Lubus placed second in 2:05.33. Purdue sophomore Jennifer Merte wound up in third in 2:05.52. Notably, freshman Christie Fuchs notched a personal-best time of 2:06.62 for fourth, while freshman Lauren Schrader cut eight seconds off her career standard with a 2:15.44 for eighth place.
The Boilermakers replied in the 50-yard freestyle to re-take a narrow 66-65 lead. Duchac won the event in a B-cut 23.56, while Lofstedt finished in second for IU in 23.85. Smith finished third with a 23.98 clocking. Also of note, sophomore Clarissa Wentworth recorded a career-best 24.42 for sixth place.
In the one-meter diving break, Indiana captured a 79-71 lead as 2004 Olympian Cassandra Cardinell seized the title with a 291.90 tally. Purdue's Carrie McCambridge came in second with a 290.55 effort, while freshman Christina Loukas took third with a 290.48 and junior Lisa Silvestri finished in fourth with a 267.67 string of dives. All marks cleared the zone-qualifying standard.
Indiana held on to a slim 86-83 lead in the 100-yard freestyle even though Leupold finished first for Purdue in 51.42. Lofstedt placed second in 51.89, while Smith took third for IU in 52.00.
The Hoosiers stretched their lead to 102-86 in the 200-yard backstroke with a dominant top-three sweep as Vaziri clocked a first-place 2:03.25. Bugden took second in 2:04.65, while sophomore Susanna Ernst placed third in 2:04.65.
Indiana remained in the lead, 107-100, after the 200-yard breaststroke, despite Purdue's Belk winning in 2:20.01. Bradley touched in 2:21.68 for second, while PU's Grace rounded out the top three with a 2:23.54.
The Cream and Crimson vaulted out to a 122-104 lead in the 500-yard freestyle with a top-two sweep. Colgin claimed the win in 4:56.13, while Torpey earned runner-up status with a 4:57.46. Purdue's Chandler wound up in third in 4:57.66. Additionally, Keefer knocked 11 seconds off her personal best with a 5:12.04 for sixth.
Indiana maintained a 136-109 lead in the 100-yard butterfly with a top-two monopoly. Smith won the event in 56.34, while Bugden placed second in 58.42. Kiffmeyer finished in third for Purdue in 58.68.
The Hoosier retained a 145-119 lead after the three-meter break, even though McCambridge won the event for Purdue with a 303.00 total. Silvestri placed second for IU in 294.98, while sophomore Lindsay Weigle registered a third-place 288.00. All three marks cleared the NCAA zone standard.
In the 200-yard IM, the Cream and Crimson moved out to a 157-126 lead when Bradley posted an NCAA provisional time of 2:04.11 for first place. Purdue's Merte finished in second in 2:06.14, while Leupold took third in 2:06.25. Notably, freshman Angela Calvert notched a career-best time of 2:17.96 for eighth place.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Hoosiers withstood disqualifications to both of their relay teams to down Purdue for the fifth consecutive season, 157-141.
Next up, the divers travel north to Indianapolis, Ind., for the USA Diving International Team Selection Camp from Jan. 24-26, before rejoining the swim squad for Senior Weekend festivities against Penn State in a three-session battle spanning Jan. 28-29. The first session opens up at 6 p.m., on Jan. 28, with the second stanza at 10 a.m., on Jan. 29. The competition concludes with a 3 p.m., session on Jan. 29.