PURDUE | Johnson, Meitz Lead Purdue Swim-Dive on Day 1 of B1G Triple Duals

JOHNSON, MEITZ WIN A PAIR OF EVENTS EACH ON DAY 1 OF BIG TEN TRIPLE DUALS /// JAN. 27, 2017

Day One Team Scores

Men
Purdue 144, Northwestern 60
No. 16 Minnesota 111, Purdue 92
No. 16 Minnesota 152, Northwestern 52
Women
Purdue 131, Northwestern 73
#16 Minnesota 107, Purdue 97
#16 Minnesota 137, Northwestern 68

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.purduesports.com) – 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.

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