Minnesota Cruises Against Purdue, Northwestern

Minnesota Press Release

Minnesota is in command after the first day of a Big Ten triple dual meet in West Lafayette, Ind. The Gopher women lead 107-97 over Purdue and 137-68 over Northwestern, while the men are up 111-92 on Purdue and 152-52 on Northwestern. Several Gophers who already had NCAA provisional times beat the “B” standard again.

The second day of competition will begin at 11 a.m. CT. Live results for swimming are available here and live results for exhibition platform diving are available here.

Yu Zhou won both springboard diving events. She scored 312.65 in 1-meter and led a 1-2-3 Gophers sweep with a 344.05 in 3-meter. Bacon was second in 1-meter (312.30) and third in 3-meter (317.45). Lexi Tenenbaum was second in 3-meter at 325.40.

Tevyn Waddell came into the weekend with the Big Ten’s fastest 100 backstroke time this season, and won her race in 54.21. Katelyn Holmquist (57.36) finished sixth and also scored.

Lindsey Horejsi posted another “B” cut in winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.56. Kierra Smith took third in 1:02.61, and Rachel Munson scored with a fifth-place 1:04.03. Smith (2:04.24) and Horejsi (2:04.63) finished second and third in the 200 individual medley, while Dani Bergeson (2:05.64) was sixth.

Zoe Avestruz claimed the 50 free title in 23.05. Chantal Nack (23.99) and Allison Schumacher (24.07) were sixth and eighth. 

The Gophers won the 200 free relay to open the meet, with Waddell, Horejsi, Kaia Grobe and Avestruz posting a 1:40.76. Minnesota’s 800 free relay team of Chantal Nack, Avestruz, Waddell and Holmquist placed second in 7:25.91.

Chantal Nack was the runner-up in the 200 free in 1:49.60. Erin Emery (10:07.52) and Lauren Lalumiere (10:13.78) finished fourth and fifth in the 1,000 free. Breanne Siwicki was the Gophers’ top finisher in the 200 butterfly, sixth in 2:04.78.

Paul Fair, who already has a “B” time this year, won the 200 freestyle in 1:37.28. Nick Saulnier (1:39.35) finished behind him in second, and Brian Poon (1:40.02) also scored in fifth.

Daryl Turner won the 100 backstroke by two-plus seconds in 47.73 (under the “B” standard). Noah Busch (50.34) was fourth.

Bowe Becker won another 50 free title, this time in 20.13 (“B” cut). Turner (20.67) and Busch (20.89) placed fourth and fifth.

Nick Orf (1:49.27) and Tuomas Pokkinen (1:49.38) finished first and second in the 200 butterfly. 

Brian Poon won the 200 IM in 1:49.28. Conner McHugh was fourth in 1:51.01, with Jonathon Thielen (1:52.30) and John Bushman (1:52.79) behind him.

Minnesota’s 200 medley relay of Turner, McHugh, Fair and Becker won in 1:27.87. The Gophers later won the 800 free relay to cap the evening’s races. Fair, Pokkinen, Saulnier and Poon finished in 6:37.36.

McHugh finished second in the 100 breast, with another “B” time of 54.64. Brenner Hohenstein (56.48) and Bushman (56.88) were fourth and fifth.

Matt Barnard placed third on the 3-meter springboard with a score of 351.85. Alan LeBlang placed fourth (307.25) to lead Minnesota on the 1-meter board. 

Nick Plachinski (9:14.37), Logan Redondo (9:18.67) and Michael Messner (9:23.99) claimed the third through fifth places in the 1,000 free.

Purdue Press Release

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Steele Johnson and Kaersten Meitz were both victorious in a pair of events, leading the way for the Purdue swimming & diving teams during the opening night of the two-day Big Ten Triple Duals at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

The Boilermakers lead Northwestern and trail No. 16 Minnesota at the three-team head-to-head scoring meet. Action concludes Saturday with eight more scoring events as well as platform diving (a non-scoring exhibition this weekend). Purdue’s seniors will be recognized at 11:30 a.m. ET and the meet begins at noon.

Johnson swept the springboard diving events. Meitz won the 1,000 and 200 freestyle back-to-back for the second weekend in a row. They continue to lead the Boilermakers in individual event victories. Johnson has now won 16 of the 18 events in which he has competed this season. Meitz leads the women with 15 event wins.

Marat Amaltdinov (100 breast), Alex Clarke (200 IM) and Meagan Lim (200 fly) were also victorious in an event for the Boilermakers. Lim and Taite Kitchel teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the 200 butterfly. Amaltdinov posted his 10th individual event victory of the season and recorded a new team season-best time (54.46) and NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke for the second weekend in a row.

Meitz also anchored the Purdue women’s 800 freestyle relay team to victory, clinching the win with a race-best split of 1:46.45. She teamed with Danielle Auckley, Grace Hernandez and Julianne Heyde to close the night with a victory for the Boilermakers. Auckley contributed to her team-high seventh relay winner of the season.

Nick McDowell (9:12.81 in the 1,000 free) and Austin Flager (20.63 in the 50 free) posted new team season-best times in their events for the second weekend in a row. McDowell finished second to Northwestern’s Jordan Wilimovsky, an Olympian in 2016. Johnson’s score of 440.55 on 1-meter was also a new team season best. He had an average score of 73.4 per dive in an event in which the degree of difficulty multiplier is traditionally much lower than the other diving events. He was also victorious on 3-meter by 15 points despite being penalized with a zero for a failed dive in round four.

Led by Johnson, the Purdue men dominated the springboard diving events. Johnson, Brandon Loschiavo and Joe Cifelli finished 1-2-3 on 1-meter while Johnson, Max Showalter and Joe Cifelli were 1-2-4 on 3-meter. Meanwhile, Samm Reese posted a team season-best score (313.95) on 3-meter for the women.

Maddie Barta (100 back), Joe Gardner (200 fly), Kate May (200 fly), Joe Young (100 back) and Heyde (200 free) were heat one winners for the Boilermakers. Cady Farlow (100 breast), Erik Juliusson (200 IM), Kiki Komlenic (100 back) and Jackie Smailis (100 back) joined Kitchel, Loschiavo, McDowell and Showalter as those to post a runner-up finish in an individual event.‚Äč