Missouri State set to face deep, talented field at Boilermaker Aquatic Center this weekend
Nov. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- This weekend, the Missouri State swimming & diving program will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to face some of its stiffest competition yet at the Purdue Invitational. The three-day, prelims-finals event will begin Friday (Nov. 16) morning and run through Sunday (Nov. 18) evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. each day, while relay events and individual finals will take place during the evening sessions. The finals sessions on Friday and Saturday are set for 6 p.m., while Sunday finals will begin at 4 p.m. Diving prelims are set for 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
It will be the third invitational on the Bears’ fall slate, as Missouri State opened the season with the Show-Me Showdown and Razorback Relays (women) in early October.
Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri State, Purdue, Southern Illinois and Utah
Live swimming results will be available at purduesports.com. In addition, live diving results can be found on divemeets.com.
Friday: 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, Men’s 1M Diving, Women’s 3M Diving, 400 Medley Relay
Saturday: 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, Women’s 1M Diving, Men’s 3M Diving, 800 Free Relay
Sunday: 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, Platform Diving, 1650 Free, 400 Free Relay
Student-athletes from as many as 30 countries will be competing at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center this weekend. Along with the USA, the 29 countries include: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
Battle of the Ranked Squads
Coming into the meet, both Louisville and Purdue squads earned Top 25 rankings in the most recent men’s and women’s CSCAA Coaches’ Polls. Michigan’s men and women, also is the Top 25, will bring a select group of swimmers to the invitational. The Louisville women are ranked 17th, while Purdue and Michigan represent the Big Ten Conference at Nos. 20 and 22. Last week, the Wolverines took over the top spot in the national rankings, while the Louisville and Purdue men are No. 23 and 25, respectively.
After entering the initial set of Top 25 rankings at No. 23, the Missouri State men did not receive any votes in the latest poll.
A Look Back at the 2010 Purdue Invitational
The women’s field featured five teams ranked in the Top 25 at the time including No. 20 Arkansas, No. 17 Louisville, No. 21 Ohio State, No. 19 Purdue and No. 13 Michigan. The Bears finished sixth ahead of Cincinnati and Southern Illinois.
On the men’s side, Missouri State placed fifth out of six teams and was edged by Southern Illinois. Highlighting the top three teams were No. 21 Purdue, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 19 Louisville.
On the Horizon
Following the Purdue Invitational, the Bears will take nearly a month off from competition before heading to San Antonio, Texas for the University of Incarnate Word Invitational, December 15-17.