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Purdue women’s swimming, diving remains 22nd in final poll of season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– The Purdue women’s swimming and diving team remained ranked 22nd in the final poll of the regular season, released Tuesday by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The Boilermakers finished the regular season 6-3 in dual meets, which doubled last season’s win total and is the most wins since 2005-06. The team opened its season with five consecutive victories, which is the longest since the 2005-06 squad won six in a row, before falling to three ranked foes away from West Lafayette. The Boilermakers were ranked for the entire season in the 22nd spot.

Purdue enters this week’s Big Ten Championships with 11 NCAA provisional-qualifying times and all four divers qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships. Junior Ariel Martin leads the way with three individual ‘B’ cuts, including a time of 1 minute, 47.84 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle that ranks second in the conference. Freshman Caitlin Hamilton, the program record holder in the 1,000 freestyle, holds provisional-qualifying and Purdue freshman-record times in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events. Junior Allie Smith, who is qualified in the 100 backstroke, sophomore Lauren Roth, who nabbed a qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, and freshman Seraphina Van, the program’s freshman record holder in the 200 breaststroke, have clocked one provisional time each. The Boilermakers’ 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays also have eclipsed the provisional standard.

Sophomore Casey Matthews holds the Doris Z. Holloway Pool record in the 3-meter springboard and ranks second on the program’s all-time performance list in the event. Senior Ashley Karnes, the defending Big Ten champion in the 1-meter, holds program records off both springboards and held the facility record until Matthews took it away. Junior Erin Mertz ranks in the top eight on Purdue’s all-time performance list from all three boards, and classmate Kara Cook stands third on the platform list.

Purdue is one of seven Big Ten teams ranked in this month’s poll, which gives the conference more teams ranked than any other conference. Minnesota leads the way in 10th and is followed by Indiana in 12th and Michigan in 16th. Wisconsin is 17th this month, and Ohio State and Northwestern check in right behind the Boilermakers in 23rd and 24th, respectively.

The Boilermakers are set to host the Big Ten Championships, which start Wednesday inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. A complete schedule of events and ticket information can be found at purduesports.com, and live video and live results will be available once competition begins.

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