Day one of the Purdue Invitational saw the host team take command of the team score, with exciting battles for team records and several high ranking swims highlighting the night. As more of the meet unfolds this weekend, please keep in mind that the results we report in relation to NCAA rankings, with so many top notch invites like this one going on right now, can only be reported based on the current rankings list of times that have been loaded into the database. That means, comparisons will most likely be to times before this weekend. It may take a few days for the dust to settle at Tennessee, Ohio State and more before we see the true depth of the shake up in the rankings now that teams are starting to suit up for big meets, so please tune into SwimSwam all weekend to keep up.
Live results for the Purdue Invitational are here.
The morning prelim session today featured two more team records from the outstanding Boilermaker women’s squad, with Allie Davis clocking a 1:44.93 for the 200 free and Emily Fogle rocking a 58.88 in the 100 breast. These were just two of many prelim swims that made tonight’s final session one to watch and the action did not disappoint.
The Notre Dame women’s 200 medley relay time of 1:39.50 ranks fifth in the nation when compared to times before this weekend. It got a boost from a blazing 23.62 fly split from Cat Galletti. The Purdue men set themselves apart with a 1:27.97 finish, nearly a second ahead of second place Notre Dame.
Purdue’s Anika Karlina Petric turned in a 4:14.02 that lands sixth on the rankings for the 400 IM. She finished just over four seconds ahead of Missouri State freshman Josie Pearson who cut three seconds from her prelim swim to land an NCAA B cut and a new MSU record in the event with 4:18.09. Two more NCAA provisional times were achieved in the heat as Notre Dame’s Nicole Smith (4:18.28) and Purdue’s Alex Clark (4:18.58) were also under the mark.
The men’s 400 IM final was owned by the Cowboys, as Wyoming’s Ryan Nelson secured their 1-2 finish by holding back Purdue’s Daniel Conway from the second place position by .01 with 3:55.69. Ryan Ball took the win with 3:54.21 for Wyoming, good enough for a B cut.
Five provisional cuts were earned in the women’s 100 fly final, and three of them were from Notre Dame. Cat Galletti’s 53.14 winning time lands at #7 on the current rankings list. She was followed by teammate Tayde Revilak (54.00,) Purdue’s Meagan Lim (54.03,) ND’s Nicole Smith (54.13,) and Wyoming’s Molly Coonce (54.38) who all chased her under the NCAA B standard.
Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka and Southern Illinois’ Joao Facciotti tied for the win in the men’s 100 fly at 47.85. They were both out behind the top seed from the prelims, Missouri State’s Artur Osvath, but managed to overtake him on the second 50. Osvath’s third place 48.27 was good for an NCAA B cut.
The women’s 200 free landed three B cuts as well, but even more impressive is that it was a 1,2,3 sweep for the Boilermakers. Kaersten Meitz (1:47.05) and Grace Hernandez (1:47.56) both made the provisional cut in the second and third place spots behind top seeded teammate Allie Davis. This is the third time this weekend Davis has broken a Purdue team record, as she crushed the mark she set in prelims for this event, acing the final at 1:44.54. This girl is on fire, as that time would land her at #2 in the NCAA based on results turned in before this weekend, and she did it while leaving a margin of two and a half seconds between her and the next finisher.
Purdue’s Filip Bujoczek took the men’s 200 freestyle at 1:37.25, followed by SIU’s Andre Luiz Brilhante at 1:37.76. Both of those times were under the NCAA provisional cut. Missouri State’s Kacper Cwiek rounded out the top three with 1:38.33.
Purdue’s Emily Fogle couldn’t quite match the new team record of 58.88 she set in the prelim, but still turned in a time faster than any other swimmer in the country prior to this weekend at 59.36. Wyoming’s Maria Harutjunjan improved exactly a second over her preliminary time to take second at 1:01.39, pushing Notre Dame’s Danielle Margheret to third place at 1:01.85. The top five finishers in the final were all B cuts, with Purdue’s Caroline Weigand (1:01.93) and Annie Spalding (1:02.10) at fourth and fifth.
Marat Amaltdinov was the only sub-54 finish in the men’s 100 breast, taking the win for Purdue in 53.87. Wyoming’s Gabriel Rooker snuck past three hard charging Bears for second place at 54.45. Missouri State’s Uvis Kalnins (54.59,) Artur Osvath (54.61,) and Isaac Springer (54.88) captured third through fifth. Wyoming’s Kyle Scalise was the sixth place scorer for the Pokes, rounding out a strong field with six B cuts earned.
Notre Dame’s Catherine Mulquin (54.49) and Florida International’s Naomi Ruele (54.55) both earned B cuts as the top two finishers in the women’s 100 back. Purdue’s Stephen Seliskar was the only B cut in that event for the men, taking the win at 48.21.
The Boilermaker squad of Petric, Hernandez, Davis and Meitz won the 800 free relay by over 13 seconds to earn a B cut at 7:09.59. No times faster than that had been turned in before competition started this weekend, which will get this sharp group of girls noticed. Purdue’s men also took the last relay at 6:36.88, ahead of Missouri State at 6:38.95.