Purdue Cruises Past Michigan State in Big Ten Dual

Purdue vs Michigan State

  • Friday, January 12th
  • Boilermaker Aquatic Center, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Short course yards
  • Results

Team Scores


  • Purdue – 188
  • Michigan State – 105


  • Purdue – 177
  • Michigan State – 105

Purdue rolled to Big Ten wins over Michigan State on Friday, January 12th at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Boilermaker women only dropped 4 events to their Big Ten opponent, and 2 of thode, the 200 IM and 200 free relay, were because Purdue swam the events exhibition (not for points).

The other 2 MSU wins came from sprint standout Racheal Bukowski, who took the 50 and 100 free. Her times of 23.35 and 50.88 were both pretty much the average of her dual meet times.

Ellie Roche of Michigan State was the official winner of the women’s 200 IM, but Purdue actually had 3 swimmers swim faster than that who swam exhibition. Alex Clarke was the fastest swimmer in the field, with a time of 2:06.68. Michigan State was also the official winner of the women’s 200 free relay (1:35.92), But Purdue’s ‘A’ relay went 1:33.75.

The Boilermaker men dropped only 5 events, but also exhibitioned the 200 IM and 200 free relay. Scott Piper, Lachlan McLeish, and Alex Trompke were each responsible for one of the wins that wasn’t due to Purdue swimming exhibition. Piper won the 200 fly in a time of 1:51.95, which was a dual meet season best. McLeish won the 200 back, in a par-for-the-course time of 1:50.65. Trompke took the 100 fly as the only swimmer under 50 seconds, posting a 49.72, which is his fastest dual meet time of the season.

Scott Piper was also the official winner of the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.80, but Purdue’s Erik Juliusson (swam exhibition) went 4 seconds faster at 1:50.93. Similarly, Michigan State won the men’s 200 free relay with a time of 1:23.37, but Purdue’s ‘A’ relay, which swam exhibition went 1:21.69.

Nikola Bjelajac, who just joined the Purdue men’s team this semester, is proving himslef to be very useful for the Boilermaker sprints. He won the 50 free with a 20.49, and split a 20.15 anchoring the ‘B’ medley relay, which was the fastest split out of Purdue.

Kaersten Meitz showed why she’s one of the Big Ten’s premiere distance swimmers, posting a dual meet season best of 4:43.92 in the 500, and her 2nd fastest 1000 of the season, at 9:41.44.

Event Winners


  • 200 medley relay: Purdue (Smailis, Phee, Kitchel, Auckley) – 1:42.25
  • 1000 free: Kaersten Meitz (Purdue) – 9:41.44
  • 200 free: Megan Johnson (Purdue) – 1:51.39
  • 100 back: Jackie Smailis (Purdue) – 56.39
  • 100 breast: Jinq En Phee (Purdue) – 1:02.22
  • 200 fly: Taite Kitchel (Purdue) – 2:01.39
  • 50 free: Racheal Bukowski (Michigan State) – 23.35
  • 100 free: Racheal Bukowski (Michigan State) – 50.88
  • 200 back: Natalie Mudd (Purdue) – 2:02.15
  • 200 breast: Cady Farlow (Purdue) – 2:17.33
  • 500 free: Kaersten Meitz (Purdue)  -4:43.92
  • 100 fly: Taite Kitchel (Purdue) – 55.59
  • 200 IM: Ellie Roche (Michigan State) – 2:09.60
  • 200 free relay: Michigan State (Bukowski, Moore, Meldrum, Aycock) – 1:35.92
  • 1 meter diving: Morgan Meixner (Purdue) – 312.60
  • 3 meter diving: Morgan Meixner (Purdue) – 290.93


  • 200 medley relay: Purdue (Noens, Bals, Juliusson, Boone) – 1:30.37
  • 1650 free: Nicholas McDowell (Purdue) – 15.52.63
  • 200 free: Batuhan Hakan (Purdue) – 1:39.89
  • 100 back: Joe Young (Purdue) – 49.62
  • 100 breast: Joey Gardner (Purdue) – 55.57
  • 200 fly: Scott Piper (Michigan State) – 1:51.95
  • 50 free: Nikola Bjelajac (Purdue) – 20.49
  • 100 free: Adam Noens (Purdue) – 45.69
  • 200 back: Lachlan McLeish (Michigan State) – 1:50.65
  • 200 breast: Marat Amaltdinov (Purdue) – 2:00.30
  • 500 free: Nicholas McDowell (Purdue) – 4:33.99
  • 100 fly: Alex Trompke (Michigan State) – 49.72
  • 200 IM: Scott Piper (Michigan State) – 1:54.80
  • 200 free relay: Michigan State (Woods, Leshok, McLeish, Trompke) – 1:23.37
  • 1 meter diving: Joseph Cifelli (Purdue) – 297.98
  • 3 meter diving: Joseph Cifelli (Purdue) – 319.95

Press Release – Purdue:

• No. 23 Purdue 188, Michigan State 105
• 14 of 16
• Kaersten MeitzTaite Kitchel and Morgan Meixner all won two events
• Meixner, 1-Meter Diving; Emily Meaney, Platform Diving
• Jinq En PheeCady FarlowKaersten Meitz
• 1-Meter Diving; 200, 500 and 1,000 Free; 100 and 200 Back; 100 and 200 Fly; 200 IM
• Jackie Smailis, Kitchel, Meitz and Phee
• Danielle Auckley, Smailis

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s swimming & diving posted 1-2-3-4 finishes in six events at Friday’s Senior Day meet, cruising past Michigan State in the final co-ed dual of the season at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.

The Purdue men improved to 4-2 in duals this season while the No. 23 Purdue women are now 4-1.

The Boilermakers posted eight 1-2-3-4 finishes, including both men’s breaststroke events and both women’s backstroke events. The Purdue women won 14 of 16 events, all but the freestyle sprints. The Purdue men swept the five freestyle events and were victorious in 13 events.

Kaersten Meitz swept the distance freestyle events and continues to lead the Boilermakers with 13 individual event victories. Taite Kitchel and Morgan Meixner were also victorious twice Friday, sweeping the butterfly and springboard diving events. Meixner posted a career-best scored of 312.60 on 1-meter, improving on her 10th-best mark in program history.

Press Release – Michigan State:

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State swimming and diving team fell on the road at Big Ten rival Purdue on Friday. The men lost 188-105, while the women fell 177-105.
“It was a tough one, but it was good getting back to racing. Purdue’s a really, really good team,” head coach Matt Gianiodis said. “Racheal (Bukowski) swam well, she had a great meet. (Lachie) McLeish and Scott Piper swam great as well. We just have some work to do in the next couple of weeks.”
Bukowski picked up two first-place finishes, one in the 50 free and the other in the 100 free. Her victory in the 100 free marks her sixth-consecutive win in the event.
Juniors Ana Sortland and Ellie Roche picked up third and fourth place in the 100 breast, respectively. In the 200 breast, Roche finished third, while Sortland finished fourth.
Sophomore Scott Piper won the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.95 and the 200 IM, clocking in at 1:54.80.
In the 200 back, Lachie McLeish clocked in at 1:50.65 and came up with a victory.
Senior Alex Trompke touched the pad at 49.72 in the 100 fly, picking up a win in the event.
Freshman Guy Moskovich finished second in the mile, clocking in at 16:08.24.
The Spartans return to action next Saturday, Jan. 20 at home for senior day against Oakland beginning at 1 p.m.

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3 years ago

My grandma can outswim MSU, but respect to Purdue on solid swims.

3 years ago

Come on, let’s be nice. I wouldn’t tell you that a Texas swimmer’s grandma could outswim your team. You mention “respect to Purdue”—-how about a little respect to all the hard working athletes that are swimming in all the different level programs in the sport that we all, I hope, respect and admire.