2022 Purdue Invite: Cal Baptist’s Remi Fabiani Posts 19.44 50 Free at Day 1 Prelims

PURDUE INVITE 2022

  • November 16-18, 2022
  • Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center, West Lafayette, IN
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Meet Central
  • Live Results (Link is down, but live results are currently available on MeetMobile)
  • Wednesday Finals Heat Sheet

TEAMS

  • Cal Baptist
  • Florida International (women only)
  • Illinois State (women only)
  • Louisville
  • Marshall (women only)
  • Missouri State
  • Northwestern
  • Purdue
  • Southern Illinois
  • U.S. Naval Academy (men only)

WEDNESDAY PRELIMS RESULTS

WOMEN’S RECAP

The 2022 Purdue Invite is underway, with the first prelims session of meet having taken place this morning. The meet will go through Friday evening (11/18). This year, the meet features a few Power Five teams, including host Purdue, Louisville, and Northwestern. The Missouri Valley Conference also has a strong representation at this meet between Missouri State, Illinois State, and the Southern Illinois women’s team.

Northwestern’s Lola Mull kicked things off this morning by posting the top time in the women’s 500 free. Mull swam a 4:46.53, marking a season best by nearly ten seconds and leading the field by a little over second. She also essentially even-split the race, swimming a 2:22.90 on the first 250, then came home in 2:23.63. Louisville freshman Paige Kuwata swam a season best of 4:47.85 for second this morning.

Louisville’s Liberty Williams swam a 4:48.06 this morning for third place. Keep an eye on Williams tonight, as her personal best of 4:38.79 is second only to Mull (4:38.37) in this field.

Notably, Louisville freshman Rye Ulett pulled off an unusual double this morning. Coming into her college career with personal bests of 1:56.88 in the 200 IM and 4:47.92 in the 500 free, it seemed likely Ulett would focus on the 200 IM in collegiate meets. Instead, she swam both events this morning, qualifying for the ‘A’ final in both. In the 500 free, Ulett swam a 4:48.98, just one second off her personal best, for a seventh-place finish. She then went on to swim a 2:00.88 in the 200 IM, ending in a tie for sixth.

The younger Ulett has scratched the 200 IM for finals and will instead only be racing the 500 free tonight.

Even with Rye Ulett pulling out of the 200 IM final, Louisville has the top three seeds in the event heading into tonight. Abby Hay led the field with a 1:56.58, a solid morning swim for the 1:54.33 personal best. Rye’s older sister, Tristen Ulett, came in second this morning with a 1:58.75. Fellow Cardinal Fernanda Gomes Celidônio took third with a 1:59.18.

Florida International, which has been a high-performing mid-major (non-Power Five) program in recent years, put two swimmers into the 200 IM ‘A’ final. Christie Chue came in fourth this morning with a 2:00.01, while teammate Nicole Frank-Rodriguez was eighth in 2:01.22. Frank-Rodriguez is, however, the seventh seed in tonight’s final, as Rye Ulett scratched the final, which also bumps Northwestern’s Annika Wagner (2:01.54) into the ‘A’.

Northwestern’s Jasmine Nocentini was the leader of the women’s 50 free this morning, clocking a 22.08. It was a good prelims swim for Nocentini, whose personal best stands at 21.78. Louisville’s Gabi Albiero was second, swimming a 22.31. Both Nocentini and Albiero have been swimming very well this fall, so tonight’s final ought to be a thrilling race.

MEN’S RECAP

Purdue’s Nick Sherman ripped a lifetime best in the men’s 200 IM this morning, roaring to a 1:42.90 to lead the field by well over two seconds. Sherman was fantastic across all four strokes, splitting 22.80 on fly, 26.01 on back, 29.35 on breast, and 24.74 on free. His previous best stood at 1:43.42 from the 2022 Big Ten Championships.

Cal Baptist’s Remi Fabiani, the 2022 WAC champion in the 50 free, clocked a 19.44 to post the time of the men’s 50 this morning. He was just 0.21 seconds off his personal best of 19.23, which he swam to win the WAC title last season.

The Boilermakers also had a good showing in the 50 free, with Idris Muhammad taking second in 19.50 and Brady Samuels clocking a 19.80 for third.

Louisville was dominant in the men’s 500 free this morning, taking the top three spots for tonight’s final. Ilia Sibirtsev led the way, swimming a 4:18.44. Murilo Sarotri was also under 4:20, posting a 4:19.96 for second. Gustavo Saldo touched in 4:20.83, finishing third.

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