Three Freshman Records Fall as Boilers Jump to Fifth in Team Scoring at Big Tens
February 24, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Three new program freshman records were established and three Boilers won their heats in the evening finals, highlighting day two of the Big Ten Championships for Purdue men's swimming and diving Thursday.
With seven Boilers scoring points individually Thursday, Purdue jumped from ninth to fifth place in the team scoring. Fifth-place Purdue and eighth-place Wisconsin are separated by only 14 points entering day three of the four-day meet.
The Boilermakers enjoyed a strong showing in the 50 free. Danny Tucker, Matt Friede and Ben Ziolkowski all posted times under 20 seconds on the day, accounting for three of the five fastest times in program history. Tucker and Friede both qualified for the A final, with Tucker finishing third thanks to a time of 19.66. That ranks second in program history behind only Andrew Langenfeld's mark of 19.34, which was also a Big Ten record when it was set at the 2009 Big Ten meet.
Guillermo Blanco, Lyam Dias and Jan Petric all established new Purdue freshman records Thursday. Dias won the B final of the 200 IM with a time of 1:45.79, finishing .36 hundredths of a second ahead of Blanco's pace while finishing sixth in the A Final. Together, Dias and Blanco recorded two of the four fastest 200 IM times in program history.
Blanco was able to break his second freshman record of the season while leading off the 400 medley relay. He finished the 100 backstroke opening leg in 48.43. That time also ranks as the fourth fastest overall in program history. Albert Miller, Brendan Joyce and Friede teamed with Blanco to finish the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:13.07, good for the second-fastest mark in team history.
Petric established his new freshman mark in the 500 free (4:23.03) while finishing second in the C final. His time also represents the second fastest ever by a Boiler in the event.
On the boards, Jamie Bissett led the way by winning the consolation final of the 1-meter diving. Alec Back was close behind in third place of the consolation round. Together they accounted for 15 team points.
Chuck Destro recorded the other heat victory in the evening finals, touching first in the C final of the 50 free with a personal season-best time of 20.12.
The Big Ten Championships continue Friday with day three of the four-day, seven-session meet. The 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving and the 200 free relay are scheduled for Friday. Preliminaries are set for 1 p.m. and finals at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Team Scores Through Thursday