Pieroni Rolls Out 42.1 100 Free on Night 3 of Purdue Invitational


The 2017 Purdue Invitational concluded tonight with the with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. The Florida men and Indiana women secured their places atop the final team standings.


Indiana’s Blake Pieroni was back at it again on Saturday night at the 2017 Purdue Invitational. He followed up last night’s 200 free victory with another win in the 100 free tonight. Pieroni flipped in 19.96 and stretched out his lead through the back half. He touched in 42.10, clipping the NCAA ‘A’ cut by a hundredth.

Purdue’s Kaersten Meitz put up her first sub-16:00 mile tonight. Meitz knocked almost 10 seconds off her time in 15:54.41, followed by Indiana’s Cassy Jernberg in 16:04.57 and Florida’s Kahra Williams in 16:13.39. All 3 swimmers are likely to make NCAAs based on what it took to make the meet last season. In the men’s version of the race, Florida’s Ben Lawless edged out teammate Blake Manganiello 14:57.04 to 14:57.55. They’re within a second of what it took to make NCAAs last season.

Breaststroke star Lilly King finished off her specialty sweep for the Hoosiers in the 200 breast. King shot off the blocks to take a big lead up front, holding steady into the finish with a 2:10.99. That’s a few tenths shy of the 2017 NCAA qualifying mark, but she’s likely already qualified in the 100 breast.

Jan Switkowski picked up another win with a new best time in the 200 back. Switkowski was neck-and-neck with Indiana’s Mohamed Samy throughout the race, edging out Samy in 1:42.70 to Samy’s 1:42.84. Maxime Rooney rounded out the top 3 in 1:43.17. Switkowski’s winning time was about a second shy of what it took to make NCAAs last season. He went on to take 2nd in the 200 fly, posting a 1:43.27 to just miss the 2017 NCAA wualifying time. Winning the race was Indiana’s Vini Lanza, who narrowly missed the NCAA ‘A’ cut, coming within 6 hundredths of it with a 1:41.50 in the 200 fly.

Additional swimmers who likely made NCAAs included Florida’s Sydney Sell, who swam under the 2017 invite time with a 1:53.43 in the 200 back. Virginia Tech’s Klaudia Nazieblo was well under last season’s qualifying time with a 1:55.90 in the 200 fly, while Purdue’s Taite Kitchel (1:56.42) snuck under the mark in 2nd place. Indiana’s Grace Haskett came within a tenth of the 2017 mark with her 48.72 in the 100 free. On the men’s side, Purdue’s Marat Amaltdinov was under the 2017 invite time with a 1:54.27 to win the 200 breast.

In the women’s 400 free relay, Indiana swam under the provisional qualifying mark with their 3:16.60. The Florida men hit the NCAA qualifying standard to win the race in 2:51.53.


  1. University of Florida- 1009
  2. Indiana University- 847
  3. Virginia Tech- 530
  4. Purdue University- 361
  5. Missouri State University- 327
  6. Southern Illinois University- 141
  7. U.S. Naval Academy- 122
  8. University of North Carolina- 109


  1. Indiana University- 896.5
  2. University of Florida- 663.5
  3. Virginia Tech- 601
  4. Purdue University- 538
  5. Florida International- 331
  6. Missouri State University- 208
  7. Southern Illinois University- 130
  8. University of North Carolina- 84

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Robert Howard 41.99 at GT. He could make top 3 at NCAAS in 100 and 200 free with his 1:33.


Indiana has an insane group of 100 freestylers


They do. But… they had better practice their relay starts. Two DQs in a meet is not good at all. ?


There were 28 dq in the entire meet. I feel like the timing system/reaction pads need to be revised with the new starts teams are using (ledge step over)

Becky D

Or maybe the the new starts teams are using need to be revised with the existing timing system/reaction pads.


Woot Woot. Getting it done without Caeleb. Well done gators. ?

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