Swimming & Diving
MSU Swimming & Diving Travels to Purdue for Co-Ed Dual
Jan. 10, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue in its first co-ed dual meet of 2014. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The standard 16-event dual meet format will be used with both genders competing in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays as well as the 200 individual medley. The women will race the 1,000 freestyle while the men will compete in the mile.
“We haven’t competed in almost six weeks,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “The cool thing though is that it has been a good six weeks for us, because we really had a good trip and our kids had a good time. I thought kids trained really hard when they went home on their own, which is good. This week we had some issues with the weather, so that was a set-back. I think we’ll be in the same boat as Purdue flew back from Hawaii on Thursday has Michigan on Friday night.”
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“They have a good team and great coaching,” said Gianiodis. “When you go up against a Big Ten team, you better bring your ‘big boy’ pants because they’ve got a good group. At one point this season, they had three No. 1 kids and had a sprinter on the men’s side named Danny Tucker who can win an NCAA championship. He won the U.S. Open this summer. So they have got a good team.”
On the women’s side, Purdue owns a 5-0 dual meet record after defeating Hawaii last weekend. The Boilermaker women are coached by John Klinge who is in his sixth season leading Purdue. Casey Matthews leads the Boilermakers on the boards as the reigning NCAA 3-meter champion. In the lanes, Carly Mercer represents Purdue in the 50 and 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley as she has posted NCAA provisional cut times in each event, while Meagan Lim leads the freshmen with five individual victories this season.
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