West Lafayette, IN – Big Ten conference rivals Michigan State University (MSU) and Purdue University (PU) met head-on as the first of their three-day dual meet got underway at Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The MSU Spartans are looking for a reverse result from last year’s meeting with the PU Boilermakers, where MSU lost to Purdue on both the men’s and women’s sides.
After just two relay events tonight, Purdue leads both men and women with a score of 26-8.
On the 800y free relay front, two disqualifications plagued the Spartans, shutting out their “A” and “B” relays from earning points. As a result, it was the Boilermaker women again leading the field, as the “B” relay of Madison Monteiro (1:54.29), Rhiannon Sheets (1:49.38), Lizzy Lyon (1:51.86), and Alexa Davis (1:47.36) joined efforts to earn the win in a collective time of 7:22.89. Their teammates on the “A” relay followed closely behind in a time of 7:24.14, while MSU’s “C” relay took third in 8:09.97.The Purdue foursome of Hannah Manger (26.40), Emily Fogle (28.93), Alex Todd (25.16), and Kylie Vogel (23.17) combined for a winning time of 1:43.66 to start the meet off right, followed by the Michigan State “A” and “B” relays in 1:46.47 and 1:49.03, respectively.
The Boilermakers also took the first event on the men’s side, as the combination of Guillermo Blanco (23.68), Lyam Dias (25.69), Stephan Seliskar (21.90), and Austin Flager (19.86) threw down a 1:31.13 to finish less than half a second ahead of the charging Spartans. That second place team of Alex Trompke, Alec Kandt, Jacob Moore, and Lachlan McLeish from MSU touched the wall in 1:31.57, followed by Purdue’s “B” team at 1:36.60. MSU’s “B” squad was disqualified during the relay.
Purdue came out on top of the men’s 800y free relay as well, with the squad of Joshua Brooks (1:45.91), Joshua Ehrman (1:40.79), Jared Schimmelpfenning (1:43.95), and Nathan Hopkins (1:41.57) turned in a winning time of 6:52.22 ahead of MSU’s “A” relay’s time of 6:54.94. Purdue’s “C” team rounded out the top three with their time of 6:58.36. In this event, it was the Purdue “A” foursome that was disqualified.