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

2017 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.

DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS:

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.

MEN’S TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3:

  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

WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3:

  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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Hswimmer
4 years ago

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

Hswimmer
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

He’s made big improvements this summer with his wins at the US Open and has improved immensely in short course compared to last season. Can’t wait to watch him the rest of the season!

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

Agreed. He is a fun one to watch!

Riley Bouchard
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

Did somebody say

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PVSFree
Reply to  Riley Bouchard
4 years ago

I wonder how Dean feels about all this love he gets on SwimSwam

FARRISBOT2.0
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
4 years ago

FARRIS BOT ACTIVATED

Dylan
4 years ago

Indiana has an insane group of 100 freestylers

E+Gamble
Reply to  Dylan
4 years ago

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

Observer
Reply to  E+Gamble
4 years ago

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
Reply to  Observer
4 years ago

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

E+Gamble
4 years ago

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

crooked donald
4 years ago

Pieroni 41.2 anchoring their DQ’d relay. The guy’s good.

Buona
4 years ago

Townley Haas may feel the threat for 200 free and Pieroni may even upset Dressel in 100 free in NCAA 2018.

crooked donald
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

Pieroni and I have an equal chance of upsetting Dressel in the 100 free at NCAAs. That is, zero chance.

Sir Swimsalot
Reply to  crooked donald
4 years ago

If you have a lane, you have a shot.

50Backstroker
Reply to  crooked donald
4 years ago

Don’t discount Dean Farris!

Teddy
Reply to  Buona
4 years ago

If by upset you mean peroni makes it to the flags before Dressel touches the wall – maybe

40 Flat
4 years ago

Can we please figure out why dressel did not swim after the first day? It’s stressing me out!

Braden Keith(@braden)
Admin
Reply to  40 Flat
4 years ago

40 Flat – it’s nothing that relates to swimming or anything that will directly impact his swimming. As Lauren expressed in an earlier thread, it’s a personal family matter, and we’ll leave it to the Dressel family if they choose to make the specifics public.

40 Flat
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Oh oops I didn’t see anything about that but okay thanks for letting me know.

Aquajosh
4 years ago

Can we talk about Jan Switkowski? Dude can swim anything. He won the 200 back, 400 IM, got 2nd in the 200 fly and 200 IM, split a 42 on the 400 free relay and a 20.1 fly leg on the 200 MR, flat started a 1:33 200 Free, and a 19.1 on the 200 free relay.

Szaranek was off his best times by a bit but still popped a 1:55 200 breast. He might have a new point scoring 3rd event by NCAAs if he drops at the same rate as his IMs should.

Riccardo
Reply to  Aquajosh
4 years ago

In terms of versatility, Switkowski is one of the world’s best swimmers.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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