Indiana Swimming Tops Purdue in In-State Rivalry Meet

Photo Courtesy: Matthew DeMaria/Tennessee Athletics

WEST LAFAYETTE – Thanks to a victory in the women’s 400 free relay, the Indiana swimming and diving teams raced to a sweep against in-state and Big Ten rival Purdue on Saturday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Hoosier women pulled out a 151.5-147.5 win, while the men earned a 162-138 victory.

Indiana Press Release

Trailing all day it came down to the 400 freestyle relay for the Indiana women’s swimming and diving team, and they came through with first and third-place finishes for a 151.5-147.5 dual meet win at Purdue. The men were also victorious over the rival Boilermakers, posting a 162-138 victory Saturday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

Trailing Purdue by five points heading into the final race, Haley Lips, Brooklynn Snodgrass, Cynthia Pammett and Kennedy Goss posted a win by more than two seconds in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:22.36. Kaitlin Kitchens, Ali Rockett, Gabriela Rajic and Delaney Barnard added a third-place finish for good measure with a time of 3:24.68.

The men had an 11-point cushion heading in to the final event but took it to the wall going 1-2 in the 400 freestyle relay. Anze Tavcar, Mike Hurley, Max Irwin and Blake Pieroni won in a time of 2:59.74, while Sam Lorentz, Jackson Miller, Ali Khalafalla and Grayson Smith were second in 3:02.09.

Both the women and men opened the day with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, with Marie Chamberlain, Snodgrass, Gia Dalesandro and Grace Vertigans clocking in at 1:42.89. Bob Glover, Tanner Kurz, Irwin and Khalafalla went 1:30.13.

Miller took first in the 1,000 free for the men (9:13.89), while Lips was second for the women (9:50.00). Blake Pieroni led a 1-2 finish for the men in the 200 free (1:37.55), with Tavcar second (1:38.77). Goss took second for the women (1:48.41).

Snodgrass kept her undefeated streak in the backstroke in tact, winning the 100 (53.83) and 200 back (1:55.79) with a pair of NCAA B cuts. Chamberlain was second in the 100 back (55.01-NCAA B Cut), while it was Shelby Carroll (2:00.07), Allie Day (2:00.29) and Chamberlain finishing 2-3-4.

Glover (49.34) and Ryan Gordon (49.59) went 1-2 in the 100 back, with it going Gordon (1:49.05) and Glover (1:51.57) as 2-3 in the 200 back.

Dalesandro swept the butterfly races winning the 200 fly in 2:00.21 and the 100 fly in 55.17. Irwin won the 100 fly in the men’s race (48.55) and took third in the 200 fly (1:49.98). It was a pair of second-place finishes for Hoosiers in the 50 freestyle with Vertigans going 23.55 for the women and Tavcar 20.81 for the men.

Michael Hixon was victorious in the men’s 1-meter springboard with a score of 411.30, with James Connor third (393.30). Connor led the way on the platform with a second-place showing (437.25). Jessica Parratto was also a springboard winner with a score of 328.35 on the 1-meter, and took second on the platform (264.15).

A 1-2-3 finish for Indiana in the 100 freestyle was led by Vertigans’ time of 50.70. Lips was second (50.90) and Pammett third (51.23). Pieroni added another win in the men’s race (44.39), with Tavcar second (45.02) and Thermos third (45.54).

Lips won the 500 freestyle at 4:47.81, and it was 1-2 for the men with Miller first (4:29.31) and Smith second (4:34.96). It also went 1-2 IU in the 200 individual medley for the women with Gia Dalesandro (2:02.58) and Sam Lisy (2:04.42).

Both teams close out the dual meet season next weekend, with the women hosting Louisville on Friday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. ET for Senior Day. A select group of men will also race Evansville that evening at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The rest of the men will travel to Columbus, Ohio on Jan. 31 to race the Buckeyes and Louisville at 1 p.m. ET.

Purdue Press Release

The Purdue swimming and diving teams dominated the breaststroke events and swept the 50 freestyle sprints, but came up on the short end of the team scoring on both sides of the annual rivalry dual with Indiana Saturday afternoon at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The women’s dual was decided by the final event, the 400 free relay. Indiana took first and third in the event to overcome the five-point lead the Boilers carried into the relay. The No. 14 IU women were victorious by a final margin of 151.5-147.5 after winning nine of the 16 events.

The ninth-ranked IU men defeated Purdue 162-138 even though both teams won eight events.

Guillermo Blanco led the way for the Boilers with three victories, touching first in the 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Francesca Marr swept the breaststroke events for the women and Lyam Dias did likewise for the men. The Purdue women had the top four finishers in both breaststroke races, while Dias and Marat Amaltdinov finished one-two in the men’s 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Anji Li and Austin Flager won the 50 free sprints for the Boilermakers, but after a 20-minute break following the event, Indiana had the top three finishers in both races of the 100 free.

The divers competed from the platforms for the first time this season in dual meet action. Steele Johnson and MacKenzie Tweardy won the men’s and women’s competitions, respectively. But the Hoosiers returned the favor with a sweep on the 1-meter springboard.

Including 1-meter diving, the Indiana women won seven of the eight events after the break between the 50 and 100 free races. Not including the team points from the diving events, the Boilers led 81-50 after Li won the 50 free in lane 1. The Purdue women started the day strong by taking the meet-opening 200 medley relay followed by victories from Kaersten Meitz (1000 free) and Allie Davis (200 free) in the first two individual events of the day.

With 1-meter diving finishing up, the Purdue men briefly took their first lead of the day after Blanco and Dias won the 200 back and 200 breast, respectively, in consecutive events late in the meet. But the Hoosiers answered with victories in the 500 free and 100 fly along with 1-meter diving going in IU’s favor.

Meitz moved up to second place in program history with her winning time of 9:47.68 in the 1000 free, trailing only Caitlin Hamilton’s program- and freshman-record mark of 9:41.87 from 2010. Davis recorded a new career-best time in the 200 free (1:47.50), improving on her seventh-fastest time in program history.

Flager posted Purdue season-best times in the 50 (20.42) and 100 free (45.76). He also teamed up with Stephen Seliskar, Dias and Blanco on the victorious 200 medley relay that finished with the Boilers’ top time (1:29.66) of the season. Johnson improved on his third-best score in program history on the 1-meter while posting a team season-best score for the second meet in a row.

Manuel Gutierrez (1:40.70 in 200 free), Rhiannon Sheets (51.39 in 100 free) and Marr (1:02.64 in 100 breast) registered personal season-best times while being the top finisher for Purdue in an event.

The Boilermakers’ 17 senior student-athletes were recognized prior to the meet for the contributions to Purdue swimming and diving. Both teams are back in action next weekend in Minneapolis for the two-day Big Ten Triple Duals vs. Minnesota and Northwestern. The final home meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center this season will be the women’s Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance meet on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Indiana vs. Purdue Dual Meet – Results

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Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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