WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A trio of relay wins and a quintet of 1-2-3 finishes highlighted the first session of Purdue’s two-day dual meet with Oakland and the Rutgers women Friday at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
The Boilermakers won 12 events Friday – eight by the men and four by the women. Action concludes Saturday at 10 a.m. with 10 more events.
Led by Brady Samuels’ NCAA provisional qualifying time (B Cut) of 43.22 in the 100 freestyle on the leadoff leg, the Purdue men won the 400 free relay with a time of 2:54.90. That mark ranks ninth in team history and 10th nationally this season. Samuels teamed up with Jude Wenker, Idris Muhammad and Connor McCarthy for the victory. Samuels, Wenker and Muhammad contributed to both relay winners.
Dylan Burau won the 100 backstroke with a lifetime best of 47.90, which moved the sophomore into 12th place in program history.
Ethan Shaw demonstrated his versatility and stamina by sweeping the 400 IM and 500 free, out touching classmate Aaron Frollo by less than one second in both events. Shaw won by 0.31 hundredths in the 400 IM and just a half-second separated first and third place in the 500 free.
On the women’s side, Caitlin Hurley and Kate Beavon also teamed up for a pair of 1-2 finishes in the 200 and 500 free. On both occasions, they raced in and won separate heats. Hurley enjoyed season bests in both events and Beavon had a season best while winning the 500.
Back from the Pan American Games in Chile where she finished fifth on the tower for Puerto Rico, Maycey Vieta posted a list score of 323.70 while competing in an exhibition 10-meter event Friday. It was the Big Ten champion’s top five-dive total at an NCAA meet since winning silver at the 2022 Big Ten Championships.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A pair of B Cuts in the men’s backstroke events, two other Boilermakers winning their third individual events of the weekend, and a half dozen 1-2 finishes highlighted the final session of Purdue swimming & diving’s two-day dual meet vs. Oakland and the Rutgers women.
The Boilermakers won 14 events Saturday – six by the women, eight by the men – to finish the weekend with 26 event victories (10 women, 16 men). Purdue was victorious in all three team scores, with the women’s team improving to 4-0 in dual meets this season.
Brady Samuels (46.68 in 100 back) and Dylan Burau (1:43.83 while winning the 200 back) accounted for top-20 marks nationally while posting NCAA provisional qualifying times. Samuels’ time came on the leadoff leg of the 400 medley relay, which he helped Purdue win. Burau moved into 10th place in program history with his lifetime best. The sophomore swept the backstroke events on the weekend with a pair of lifetime bests.
Freshman Caitlin Hurley demonstrated her versatility with victories in 100 and 1000 free Saturday after also winning the 200 free Friday. Senior captain Ethan Shaw was the men’s three-time winner, out touching classmate Charlie King by 0.25 hundredths to take the 200 butterfly Saturday. Shaw won the 400 IM and 500 free Friday. Hurley (100 free) and Shaw posted team season-best times in their victories Saturday.
Brinly Hardy (200 fly), Maggie Love (200 IM) and Coleman Modglin (200 breast) all won an individual event for the third consecutive weekend to begin the season. Hurley and Love, Modglin and Shaw share the team leads in victories with six apiece.
Sophie McAfee and Jordan Rzepka teamed up to complete Purdue’s weekend sweep of the four diving events. McAfee’s season-best list (304.75) on 1-meter allowed her best teammate Daryn Wright by 1.05 points, giving McAfee her second springboard sweep at a meet as a Boilermaker.
The Purdue women closed out the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay, winning six of the seven freestyle events over the course of the weekend. The Boilermakers had at least the top three finishers in the 200, 500 and 1000. Hannah Hill, Kendra Bowen and Love contributed to both wins.
A DQ in the 200 free relay cost the Purdue men a full sweep of the four relays. But their time of 3:12.70 while winning the 400 medley relay was good for a top-20 mark nationally. Samuels was the common link on all three relay winners.
The Purdue women’s 1-2 finish in the 200 fly was the most unique. Hardy (2:04.22) and Madeline Greaves (2:04.24) were separated by just .02 hundredths while each winning a heat.
The Boilermakers are back in action in two weeks when they host the three-day, six-session Purdue Invitational from Nov. 16-18. This year’s edition of the meet also features a bonus long course time trials session on Sunday morning. Admission is free for every day of the midseason showcase.
Courtesy: Rutgers Athletics
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Rutgers women’s swimming & diving collected nine total victories and two top 10 entries into the school’s top 10 lists as the Scarlet Knights split its meet with host Purdue and Oakland at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
RU dominated 10-time Horizon League champion Oakland, 269-84, while the host Boilermakers edged out the Scarlet Knights 200-153.
On the second day of competition, freshman Elysha Pribadi posted the sixth fastest time in school history in the 200 breast while other event victories came from Valeria Egorova in the 200 back and the 400 medley relay team.
On Friday night, Rutgers opened the meet with six victories including the 200 medley relay, Elysha Pribadi in the 400 IM and 100 breast with the seventh fastest time in school history, Jade Smits in the 50 free, Valeria Egorova in the 100 back and Martyna Piesko in the 100 fly.
Pribadi landed another top 10 program time with her winning time of 2:14.97 in the 200 breast with a 2.15-second margin of victory. It marked the sixth fastest time in the event “On The Banks”. Pribadi in her first season at Rutgers also holds top 10 times in the 100 breast and 200 IM.
Pribadi also won 200 IM in 2:04.25 and turned in a runner-up performance in the 200 IM logging a time of 2:04.25. Valeria Egorova captured her second back title of the event edging out teammate Martyna Piesko in the 200 back. Egorova clocked in with the top time of 2:00.03 with Piesko following in second in 2:00.19.
Piesko also placed third in the 100 free finishing in 51.96.
Ellie Schinsky took third in the 200 fly only .08 seconds behind first place. Schinsky hit the wall in 2:04.30 a mere .06 seconds behind second-place Madeline Greaves of Purdue and .08 seconds behind winner Brinly Hardy of Purdue, who raced in the C final at last year’s Big Ten Championships.
On the boards, Holly Prasanto claimed third on 1M with a season-high 288.05 behind a pair of 2023 Big Ten consolation finalists from Purdue.
The annual Battle For The Cannon Trophy is back. Rutgers will travel to Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 11 looking to bring the cannon trophy back home “To The Banks”.
The trophy is named in honor of the Rutgers-Princeton Cannon War. The origin of the Rutgers-Princeton Cannon War dates to 1777 when two cannons from the British army were left on the campus of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) after the battle of Princeton during the Revolutionary War. The cannons remained near the campus until the larger of the two was put to use during the War of 1812 and moved to New Brunswick to protect the city A dispute over cannon ownership ensued at some point, and the cannon eventually wound up back in Princeton, where it was placed, in the ground, on Princeton’s campus on the site that is now called “Cannon Green.” On the night of April 25, 1875, ten members of the Rutgers Class of 1877 set out to steal back “Big Cannon” from Princeton However, they were unable to move it, so instead they returned to New Brunswick with “Little Cannon”. Eventually, a joint committee settled the matter, and “Little Cannon” was returned to Princeton, however, Rutgers students have been known to travel the 17 miles to the Princeton campus to paint the cannon red.
Courtesy: Oakland Athletics
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland comes back home with a BIG 10 competition under their belt for the 2023-24 season.
Oakland felt short Purdue and Rutgers in a double duel this weekend, but nevertheless putting up impressive times in the pool.
After facing off for the first time in program history, the Golden Grizzlies took first overall in two events including the 100 yard breaststroke swam by Oakland graduate student Christian Bart in a time of 53.36, along with the 50 yard freestyle completed by Jack Wike at a time of 20.34.
Off the diving board, Ellie Chalifioux recorded two sixth place finishes in her combined one and three meter events, and teammate Victoria Sanders took eight place in both events. Additionally, men’s diver Liam James split fourth place in both the one and three meter diving competitions throughout the weekend.
Event Scores: Friday:
200 Medley Relay Women: A relay, fifth place (1:47.21) Men: A relay, second place (1:28.18)