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.”
Last Time Out
Before the team’s annual training trip in mid-December, Michigan State sent student-athletes to the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals on Dec. 5-7 at the University of Tennessee. Representing MSU on Friday was Oguz Aslanoglu in the 100 butterfly. Aslanoglu raced to a clock a season-best 48.46, placing 27th overall and setting a new freshmen record. Aslanoglu followed up on Saturday with record-setting day, posting a time of 1:48.60 to set another freshmen record and finish 26th overall. After chasing down the varsity record, Summer Strickler accomplished her goal by posting a 50.31 to place 28th overall.
Breaking Down the Boilermakers
Hosting the Great Lakes State for back-to-back dual meets, Purdue will face the Spartans following a home-dual meet against Michigan on Friday, Jan. 11. Entering the weekend, the Boilermaker men’s team owns a 5-1 dual meet record with their most recent win coming at Hawaii on Jan. 4. Guillermo Blano leads the men in both the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley and Danny Tucker in the 100 freestyle, while Layne Rodgers represents Purdue on the boards. At the helm of the men’s team, Dan Ross
“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.
While the men will take a weekend off, the women will host Bowling Green next Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.