WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s swim team will head to Bloomington for the annual IU vs. Purdue swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. The Boilermakers are ranked 21st in the nation, while the Hoosiers are ranked 20th. The meet will also mark the first annual match-up for the Titan Series, sponsored by Keebler.
For the Titan Series, the Boilermakers will look to take a half-point lead over the Hoosiers in the year-long competition, after the women’s basketball team claimed another half point for the Purdue side on Thursday night. After the diving portion of the meet held previously at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, Purdue owns a 20-18 advantage over the Hoosiers, as senior Kara Hajek-Gustafson swept both the 1- and 3-meter events, while setting Holloway Pool records on both boards.
"We’re very excited for this meet and I think that’s good," said Purdue head women’s coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "All week long in practice, we’ve seen that the women are ready for the challenge. Indiana’s ranked 20th, we’re 21st and it’s IU vs. Purdue. This is what it’s all about.
"We’ve really felt that it’s a good sign that the women are not scared or nervous; they’ve been ready for hard work and they’re really looking at the whole picture and thinking big. Ultimately, we’re still working toward the Big Ten Championships."
The Boilermaker women have a lot to be happy about heading to Bloomington, as they take a 20-18 point advantage after Jan. 11’s diving competition. With Hajek-Gustafson’s performance, it marks the first time that a Purdue diver has taken both the 1- and 3-meter boards over a Hoosier diver.
Other races to watch will be the 100 and 200 backstrokes, as Purdue’s Lisa Dolansky and Indiana’s Susan Woessner will go neck-and-neck for the tops of the Big Ten. In the most recent rankings, Dolansky and Woessner are tied for seventh in the nation with exactly the same time.
Also leading the way for Purdue will be junior breaststroker Lindsay Lange. Lange should contribute with big scores in the 100 and 200 breast, as well as on the 400 medley relay team.
Heading into Saturday’s meet, the Boilermakers hold an all-time record of 11-7 over the Hoosiers.