Purdue Women, Northwestern Men Lead After Opening Day of Purdue Invitational

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Purdue Women, Northwestern Men Lead After Opening Day of Purdue Invitational

Purdue’s women’s team and the Northwestern men are in the lead after the opening day of the Purdue Invitational.

The Boilermakers have 327 points to lead the women’s race, ahead of Northwestern’s 219. The Northwestern men lead the hosts, 315.5 to 263.5.

Purdue started with a win in the 200 free relay, Hannah Hill, Maggie Love, Kendall Schreder and Ana Rojas going 1:31.03. Love won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:59.49, an NCAA B cut, and finished third in the 50 free in 22.87.

Northwestern recovered from the disappointment of landing .32 seconds behind in the opening relay. The Wildcats would coast to victory in the women’s 400 medley relay, with Ayla Spitz, Maggie Papanicholas, May Peterson and Lindsay Ervin going 3:36.62. They won by nearly 2.5 seconds over Purdue.

Spitz booked a B cut in the 500 free, with a time of 4:40.25 that was six seconds ahead of the chasers from Purdue. (Kate Mouser attained a B cut in 4:46.68, leading teammates Kate Beavon, Caitlin Hurley and Reagan Mattice to the wall.) Ervin and Audrey Yu went 1-2 in the 50 free, Ervin winning in a B cut of 22.62 seconds, .15 up on her teammate.

On the women’s 400 medley relay, Illinois’ Suvana Baskar set a school record with a 100 backstroke time of 53.90 seconds.

Despite being second in the team standings, Purdue won both of the men’s relays Thursday. Brady Samuels, Idris Muhammad, Jude Wenker and Andy Kelly went 1:17.80 in the 200 free relay, nearly a second ahead of the runner-up from Southern Illinois. Samuels, Andrew Witty, Charlie King and Muhammad went 3:07.00 in the 400 medley to edge out the Wildcats by .16 seconds.

Samuels went 19.49 to win the 50 free, an NCAA B cut, with Muhammad third in 19.67. In between was Southern Illinois’ Alex Santiago in 19.64.

Northwestern caught up with individual depth, though. Andrew Martin clocked an NCAA B cut to win the 500 free in 4:19.59. Diego Nosak also secured a B standard in the 200 IM, his time of 1:45.76 just under a second better than teammate Tyler Lu. The Wildcats owned the top six spots in that race.

Purdue added a 1-2-3 result in 1-meter diving. Max Miller won with a score of 367.60 points, Jordan Rzepka and Holden Higbie following.

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