Indiana Men’s Undefeated Streak Continues with Win Over Purdue


  • Results
  • Hosted by Purdue
  • Saturday, January 21st
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • WOMEN- Indiana 155, Purdue 139
  • MEN- Indiana 182.5, Purdue 117.5

The Indiana men remain undefeated after winning 12 of the 16 events in their dual meet against Purdue this weekend. The Hoosier women also walked away with a close victory over their Big Ten rival.

Big Ten champ Blake Pieroni swam the 100 breast, which we don’t get to see him swim all too often. He was out like a rocket in 25.57, putting him nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of Purdue’s Marat Amaltdinov. On the back half, Amaltdinov tried to chase him down, but Pieroni held on for the touch in 54.66 to Amaltdinov’s 54.87. Following the 100 breast, Pieroni rocketed to a 19.99 victory in the 50 free. He then took 2nd in the 100 fly, posting a 48.81 behind teammate Vini Lanza (48.12).

Indiana’s Lilly King, the Olympic 100 breast champion, swept her specialty events to lead the Hoosiers to victory. She battled with Purdue’s Cady Farlow in the 100 breast, breaking away on the 2nd 50 to win in 1:00.93 to Farlow’s 1:01.91. Both swimmers returned for the 200 breast, with King winning by 2 seconds in 2:13.33 and Farlow (2:15.55) picking up 2nd.

For her 3rd individual race, King took on the 50 free, placing 5th in 24.17. That race was won by Purdue’s Danielle Auckley, who touched in 23.64 to lead a 1-2 finish with teammate Jackie Smailis (23.76). Auckley swept the sprints, topping the 100 free field in 51.19.

Purdue’s distance freestylers had a strong showing for the Boilermakers. Kaersten Meitz won back-to-back events, taking the 1000 free in 9:50.48 and the 200 free in 1:48.38. She then picked up a 3rd individual win in the 500 free, posting a 4:47.95 to win by nearly 10 seconds.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed a sweep of Big Ten rival Purdue on Saturday afternoon at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

The No. 4-ranked Indiana men’s team moved to 10-0 on the dual-meet season with a 182.5-117.5 win over Purdue. The No. 14 IU women’s team improved to 7-3 on the year in dual meets with a 155-139 victory.

Both teams had great showings against the rival Boilermakers, as the men’s squad won 12 of 16 events, while the women’s team placed first in 10 of the 16 events.

With the pair of victories, Indiana now leads Purdue, 7.5-3.5, in the quest for the Governor’s Cup. The overall winner of the contest will be awarded a trophy at the end of the season. Each sport can earn one point toward the overall championship. A total of 19 or 20 points can be won, depending on the number of meetings between the teams in various sports.

Both the IU men and women got the meet started off on a high note, winning the 200 medley relay. The Hoosier women’s relay of Kennedy Goss, Lilly King, Gia Dalesandro and Ali Rockett won with a time of 1:40.61, while the Indiana men’s team of Bob Glover, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza and Ali Khalafalla touched first with a mark of 1:28.20.

Indiana went 2-3-4 in the men’s 1000 freestyle, with Adam Destrampe leading the charge, placing second with a time of 9:20.32. Matthew Anderson was third in 9:28.06, while Ethan Curl was fourth with a mark of 9:29.27.

In the women’s 1000 freestyle, freshman Cassie Jernberg was the top IU finisher in fourth place with a time of 10:11.65, while teammate Stephanie Marchuk was right behind her in fifth with a mark of 10:15.02.

The Hoosier men continued to dominate in the 200 freestyle, with Marwan Elkamash leading a IU sweep of the top-3 spots. Elkamash won with a NCAA B cut time of 1:37.30, while Jackson Miller was second in 1:39.12. Lanza was just off his personal-best in the event, taking fourth in 1:39.25.

On the women’s side, Goss took second place with a mark of 1:50.04, while freshman Maria Paula Heitmann was fifth with a time of 1:52.73.

Indiana won both the men’s and women’s 100 backstroke, with Rockett taking first in a time of 55.41 and Glover winning it with a mark of 48.68. Bailey Pressey took second on the women’s side in 55.84, while Rachel Matsumura was fourth in 56.04. For the men, Khalafalla was third with a time of 49.90.

King, the defending NCAA and Olympic champion in the 100 breaststroke, continued to dominate, winning the event with a NCAA B cut time of 1:00.93. Teammate Mackenzie Atencio was sixth in 1:05.34.

On the men’s side, Pieroni won the 100 breast for the first time in his career, posting a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 54.66. His time ties him as the 14th-fastest performer in the event in IU history. Mid-year transfer Mohamed Samy was fourth in 56.02.

The Hoosiers again swept the top spots in another event, this time in the 200 butterfly as Dalesandro and Finnerty touched first. Dalesandro came in with a NCAA B cut time of 1:59.44 to win it, while Reagan Cook was second in 2:00.65. For the men, Brian Valedon was sixth with a mark of 1:53.08.

The Hoosier men’s sprinters showed off in the 50 freestyle, with Pieroni notching his second individual victory of the day with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 19.99. His mark ranks him as the 15th-fastest swimmer in the event at Indiana. Oliver Patrouch was second in 20.59, while Anze Tavcar was fourth with a time of 20.76.

For the IU women, Rockett was third with a time of 24.07, while King was fifth a mark of 24.17.

For the first time this season, the Hoosiers competed in the platform dive and they did not disappoint. Jessica Parratto, the 2015 NCAA Champion in the event, won for the Hoosiers with a score of 300.00.

On the men’s side, James Connor, a two-time Olympian for Australia, gave 2015 NCAA Champion and Olympian Steele Johnson all he could handle, placing second with a score of 423.30. Johnson squeaked out the win with a total of 436.60. IU’s Cody Coldren took fifth place with a score of 252.10.

The Hoosier men’s sprinters again flexed their muscle, this time in the 100 freestyle as Samy lead the charge, taking first with a time of 44.44. Khalafalla was second in 44.47, while Miller was fourth in 46.08. For the IU women, Rockett was third in 52.21, while Delaney Barnard was fifth with a mark of 52.56.

Goss and Glover gave IU a clean sweep of first place in the 200 backstroke against the Boilermakers. Goss led a 1-2-3 for the Hoosiers, winning with a time of 1:59.62. Matsumura was second in 2:00.13, while Shelly Drozda was third with a mark of 2:03.66. Glover won for the men with a time of 1:47.61, while Wilson Beckman was fourth in 1:50.17.

King, also the defending NCAA champion in the 200 breaststroke, won the event against Purdue with a NCAA B cut time of 2:13.33, while Laura Morley was third in a time of 2:19.62. Atencio was fourth with a mark of 2:21.38. On the men’s side, Finnerty placed second with a NCAA B cut time of 1:59.36, while Lanza was fourth with a mark of 2:03.28.

Elkamash notched his second win of the day in the 500 freestyle, winning with a NCAA B cut time of 4:24.11. Miller took second with a mark of 4:30.73, while Destrampe was fourth in 4:33.98.

In the women’s 500 freestyle, Jernberg was third overall to lead IU with a time of 4:59.10, while Marchuk was fourth in 5:02.23. Goss took fifth in a mark of 5:04.24.

Dalesandro and Lanza earned victories for Indiana in the 100 butterfly, with Lanza leading a 1-2-3 finish for the IU men in the event. The Brazilian won with a NCAA B cut time of 48.12, while Pieroni was second in 48.81. Patrouch took third in 49.33. On the women’s side, Dalesandro won with a NCAA B cut time of 54.12, while Christine Jensen was second in 54.97.

Parratto completed the double in the diving events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 295.50. Teammate Michal Bower took home second place with a total of 292.15.

On the men’s side, Michael Hixon took second place with a score of 384.55, while Connor was third with a total of 350.65. Coldren placed seventh with 294.60, while Joshua Arndt was eighth with 292.25.

The winning continued for Dalesandro in the women’s 200 IM, as the senior took home her second individual win of the day with a time of 2:03.12. Sam Lisy placed third with a mark of 2:04.74, while Jensen placed fifth in 2:07.12.

Samy registered his second win for the Hoosiers, touching the wall first in the men’s 400 IM with a time of 3:56.60. Finnerty took home fifth for IU with a mark of 4:03.42.

The Hoosier men put an exclamation point on a big win with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Josh Romany, Khalafalla, Patrouch and Pieroni finished first with a time of 2:57.33.

In the women’s 400 freestyle relay, the team of Matsumura, Barnard, Heitmann and Spears placed second overall with a time of 3:27.51.

The Indiana University swimming and diving teams will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 27 when Hoosiers host the Louisville Cardinals on Senior Day at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The women won all six freestyle events and Steele Johnson rallied for a sweep of his diving events, but it was not enough as the Purdue swimming & diving teams lost both sides of their co-ed dual meet with rival Indiana on Saturday.

Kaersten Meitz was victorious in all four events in which she competed, sweeping the 200, 500 and 1,000 free while also anchoring the 400 free relay to victory. She won the 1,000 vs. IU for the third year in a row. Danielle Auckley was victorious in the 50 and 100 free while also contributing to the victory in the 400 free relay. However, the No. 14 Hoosiers won the other 10 scoring events to pull out a 16-point victory in the team scoring 155-139.

Along with Johnson, Marat Amaltdinov (200 breast) and Nick McDowell (1,000 free) won events for Purdue. No. 4 Indiana was victorious in the team scoring 182.5-117.5.

The Purdue women had the top two finishers in four of the freestyle events — the 50, 100, 500 and 1,000.

Johnson bested a pair of fellow Olympians while winning on 1-meter and the platforms, finishing atop the leaderboards with scores of 393.9 and 436.6. He competed from 10-meter for the first time since the Olympics in August. He got off to a bit of a slow start in both events, but finished strong. In the platform competition, he had the top score of each of the final three rounds, compiling an average score of 77.2 over the final three rounds in the process.

Johnson had the top score of the final four rounds of the 1-meter competition and he needed the consistent awards to overcome IU’s Michael Hixon, who won the 1-meter title at the USA Diving Winter Nationals last month. Johnson trailed Hixon 135-108 after round two, but won the event by nine points after compiling an average score of 71.4 over the final four rounds and outscoring Hixon 145.5-126.35 over the final two rounds.

Meitz and Auckley both won back-to-back events. Meitz was victorious in the 1,000 and 200 free in the first two individual events of the meet. There was a 25-minute break between the 50 and 100 free, but Auckley was able to carry over the momentum after winning the 50. The Boilermakers had the top two finishers in both events, with Jackie Smailis finishing second to Auckley in the 50 and Grace Hernandez taking second in the 100. Meitz and Emily Meckstroth also finished 1-2 in the 500 and 1,000. Meanwhile, Smailis and Auckley were part of the victorious 400 free relay team as well.

Meitz leads the Purdue women with 12 individual event victories this season while Johnson increased his team-leading men’s total of event wins to 14.

McDowell recorded his 11th individual event victory of the season thanks to a team season-best time of 9:13.10 in the 1,000 free that moved him up to sixth place in program history. Amaltdinov’s victory in the 200 breaststroke was his ninth win of the season. It came via another NCAA provisional-qualifying time (B cut) of 1:56.67. He also posted a new team season-best time and B cut of 54.87 while finishing as the runner-up in the 100 breast. He was out touched by 21 hundredths of a second by Olympian Blake Pieroni. Purdue’s Chris Bals finished third in both breaststroke events.

Cady Farlow also posted a pair of B cuts while finishing second to Olympian Lilly King in both breaststroke events. Farlow posted times of 1:01.91 and 2:15.55. Taite Kitchel (200 fly, 200 IM) was also the Purdue women’s top finisher in a pair of events.

Austin Flager posted new team season-best times as the Purdue men’s top finisher in the 50 free (20.64) and 100 fly (49.36). He also led off the 400 free relay with a personal season-best 100 time of 45.37 that ranks second on the team this season.

Jake Thomas was out touched by 25 hundredths of a second while finishing second to IU’s Bob Glover in the 200 backstroke. Filip Bujoczek (100 and 200 free) was the men’s top finisher in a pair of events. He and Flager were both part of each of Purdue’s top relay teams.

The Boilermakers close out their dual meet schedules next weekend when they welcome Minnesota and Northwestern to campus for the annual two-day Big Ten Triple Duals. The Purdue women are now 6-2 (3-1 B1G) in duals while the men have a 3-3 (1-2 B1G) mark.

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