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Purdue Sports – Lafayette Online https://www.lafayette-online.com The original online guide to Greater Lafayette, Indiana. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:10:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.24 Purdue kicker Wiggs named SI.com Preseason All-American https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/08/purdue-kicker-wiggs-si-preseason-all-american https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/08/purdue-kicker-wiggs-si-preseason-all-american#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:44:58 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=6163

Carson Wiggs Purdue Kicker

Sports Illustrated says Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs might have the strongest leg in the country. (Photo: Chuck Rydlewski/Icon SMI)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs has been named a first team preseason All-American by SportsIllustrated.com. The senior from Grand Prairie, Texas, owns the four longest field goals in school history (59, 55, 53 and 52 yards), has the highest career field goal percentage ever at Purdue (.715, 37 for 51) and has converted 80 percent of his attempts inside 50 yards.

At Purdue’s annual Black and Gold spring game last April, Wiggs hit a 67-yard field goal which would have tied the Football Bowl Subdivision record shared by Russell Erxleben of Texas (vs. Rice, 1977), Steve Little of Arkansas (vs. Texas, 1977) and Joe Williams of Wichita State (vs. Southern Illinois, 1978).

Wiggs and the Boilermakers open the 2011 college football season this Saturday when Middle Tennessee visits Ross-Ade Stadium. Kick-off is set for noon and the game will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

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150 tickets to Big Ten Football Championship Game available to John Purdue Club members https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/08/150-tickets-big-ten-football-championship-game-available https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/08/150-tickets-big-ten-football-championship-game-available#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:21:57 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=6160

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Although general public tickets for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game are sold out, each conference school will receive 150 tickets (100 priced at $125 and 50 priced at $175) to sell.

Big Ten Football Championship Game Tickets available to John Purdue Club membersThe Purdue Athletic Ticket Office is taking requests from interested John Purdue Club members through November 1, 2011 and tickets will be allocated based on JPC priority points.

In addition, a limited number of premium packages are available for $1,000 from the Indiana Sports Corp.

The packages include:

  • Game Ticket (best seats)
  • Ticket to the Big Ten Conference Awards Gala
  • Ticket to the Big Ten/FOX Sports Fan Festival
  • Ticket to the VIP Pregame Hospitality in the Indiana Convention Center
  • VIP access to Lucas Oil Stadium from the Convention Center
  • Commemorative Gift
  • VIP Parking (one pass for every four VIP tickets purchased)

Fans interested in the premium packages should email the Indiana Sports Corp.

The 20,000 general public tickets were sold within two hours when they went on the sale July 30. The remaining tickets for the game are being allocated as follows: 30,000 to the participating teams (15,000 apiece) and 18,000 for the Big Ten, sponsors and Indianapolis Colts season-ticket holders.

The Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is set for 8:17pm Eastern Time.

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Men’s Tennis signs Diego Acosta, highest ranked player in program history https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/08/diego-acosta-mens-tennis https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/08/diego-acosta-mens-tennis#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:42:05 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=6075

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue men’s tennis team has signed its highest ranked player in program history according to an announcement by head coach Pawel Gajdzik. Diego Acosta of Ecuador has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Purdue University this fall.

Diego Acosta

Diego Acosta of Ecuador fixing his racket with his teeth in the boys consolation match against Stefan Micov of F.Y.R. of Macedonia in the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), at the Kallang Tennis Centre in Singapore, Aug 19, 2010. Stefan Micov of F.Y.R. of Macedonia won the match, 6-7,7-6,10-7. Photo: SPH-SYOGOC/Pher Chi Khing

“Diego is a hard working and a very talented player,” Gajdzik said. “He comes from a family that places a high value on education and that’s the type of the background we are looking for in each of our players here at Purdue. He is also very passionate about tennis and will be an excellent addition to our program.”

Acosta has a combined ranking of 58th-overall. Rising sophomore Szymon Tatarczyk holds the previous high ranking for a Boilermaker at No. 63, according to itftennis.com rankings. Acosta has played tennis since he was seven years old and is trained by Enrique Perez.

Acosta has a career singles record of 70-42 and is 77-35 in doubles action. The right-hander has won numerous tournaments and picked up several accolades throughout his junior career. In 2009, Acosta advanced to the semifinals in singles tournaments four times including two runner-ups and a championship victory at Copa. In 2009 doubles play, the incoming freshman advanced to six semifinals including three second-place finishes and a first place finish at the Nicolas Machavello Copa Graiman Championships.

In 2010, Acosta continued to impress with his game. In singles play, the Boiler-to-be advanced to the quarterfinals at the USTA Claremont USA Championships. He also made the semifinals in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Acosta’s high finish came at the Nicolas Machiavello Copa Graiman where he placed second.

Acosta excelled in 2010 doubles competition. The incoming freshman advanced to the round of 16 eight times. He also finished second at the International Casablanca Junior Cup in Quiroz, Ecuador. Acosta won two doubles championships, one at the Gatorade Cup in Quiroz and another at the Nicolas Macavello Copa Graiman.

“I am very excited about our incoming class,” Gajdzik said. “We welcome them with open arms to our Purdue family. I believe the sky is the limit and that we can accomplish many great things with this group.”

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Basketball: Mackey Arena seat selection, allocation begins April 25 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/04/mackey-seat-selection-april-25 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2011/04/mackey-seat-selection-april-25#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:09:42 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5817

Mackey Arena ScoreboardWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Seat selection and allocations for the 2011 Purdue Men’s and Women’s Basketball season will begin on Monday, April 25, 2011 and conclude by July 2011 for active John Purdue Club members. The Mackey Arena seat selection order will be based upon John Purdue Club priority point standings as of March 31, 2011.

John Purdue Club members will receive first priority on ordering tickets. Members will receive a postcard and email notifications about their specific seat selection time slot if the Athletic Ticket Office has an email address on file. Non-John Purdue Club members will receive a season-ticket application, and the Athletic Ticket Office will allocate seating based on consecutive years of purchase.

There will be several methods for selecting men’s and women’s basketball seats as follows:

Members may log on to a secure website. From this site, they will be able to select their seats. For ease of selection, the site will provide members a 3-D view of the court. Please note, the Athletic Ticket Office must have a current email address for anyone who wishes to order online.

In Person
Members may come to the Athletic Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility to select their seats during or after their assigned selection time.

Over the Phone
Athletic Ticket Office and John Purdue Club staff members will be able to help members choose seats and place their orders over the phone at (800) 49-SPORT.

Regardless of which method chosen to select season tickets, all members can follow the progress of the reallocation online by clicking here. That site includes links to view seat availability prior to your selection time and will provide a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) and other pertinent reallocation information.

An invoice will be emailed to members within two business days of their selection, and a paper invoice will be mailed a week after their selection. You must make a payment within 30 days or your seats will be released. Payment can be paid in full or in four installments.

Applications for tickets for the “Crossroads Classic,” Big Ten Tournaments and parking will be included on the invoice for your season tickets.

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Boilermaker women’s soccer falls to USC, 1-0 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/09/womens-soccer-usc-purdue-1-0 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/09/womens-soccer-usc-purdue-1-0#respond Mon, 06 Sep 2010 23:24:54 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5240

FULLERTON, Cali. — The Purdue women’s soccer team fell to Southern California 1-0 on Sunday at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif., in its final game of the Under Armour Invitational.

Purdue Women's Soccer at the Under Armour Invitational, Sept 5, 2010“I thought we had a good performance for most of the game,” head coach Robert Klatte said. “It was a really competitive game. Unfortunately, we misjudged the free kick which led to the goal. That was the difference.”

USC (2-1-2) scored the lone goal in the 10th minute off of a free kick from midfield. Karter Haug lobbed the kick from the center circle over Boilermaker keeper Carianne Betts’ head where Megan Ohai made a run. She was able to get a head on the ball and redirect it into the back of the net.

Purdue (3-2-1) had several good chances to tie the score including five corner kicks. Despite the opportunities, the Trojans’ defense was tough all afternoon and only allowed one shot on goal. On the other end of the field, Betts made several important saves. The Parma, Ohio native stopped a total of five shots on goal including a blast in the 84th minute that led to a Boilermaker counterattack.

Betts saved a shot from Samantha Johnson and cleared the ball toward midfield. Eventually, freshman Jordan Frick gained control and fired a shot on goal, but Trojan goalkeeper Shelby Church was up to the challenge.

“We put a lot of pressure on in the second half, but couldn’t punch anything in,” Klatte said. “It was definitely a growing experience and we need to learn from it and bring the same intensity that we had the final 70 minutes of the game. We can learn a lot more sometimes with a loss than with a win unfortunately. It’ll be good to get home and get some rest before this weekend.”

The loss snapped Purdue’s four-game unbeaten streak and dropped its overall record against USC to 0-1.

The Boilermakers are set to return to action on Friday when they host Hofstra. Kickoff from the Varsity Soccer Complex is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. Live results and a live radio broadcast can be found at purduesports.com.

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Purdue falls to Notre Dame in season opener, 23-12 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/09/notredame-purdue-23-12 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/09/notredame-purdue-23-12#respond Sun, 05 Sep 2010 21:42:26 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5224

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Dayne Crist threw for 205 yards and a touchdown in his first start, Armando Allen ran for a score and Notre Dame’s defense was solid Saturday in a 23-12 win over Purdue that gave coach Brian Kelly a victory in his Fighting Irish debut.

ND running back Armando Allen, Jr. is tackled for a safety by Boilermakers Bruce Gaston (90), Ryan Kerrigan (94), and Chariton Williams (15) in the fourth quarter of Saturday's season opener.

Notre Dame led 20-3 after three quarters before Purdue rallied behind transfer quarterback Robert Marve, who got the Boilermakers back in the game with a 23-yard TD run early in the final period but was penalized for celebrating with a somersault.

David Ruffer kicked three field goals for the Irish, including a 37-yarder with 4:30 left to restore the lead to 11.

Marve’s 23-yard TD run on a fourth-and-1 with 11:55 left got the Boilermakers back in the game at 20-12. But the transfer from Miami did a somersault as he was hitting the end zone, resulting in an unsportsmanlike penalty for celebrating and hurting Purdue’s field position.

Purdue had to kick off from the 15 after the penalty on Marve and Notre Dame Cierre Wood made a nice 38-return to the Boilermakers 41 before fumbling with Irish teammate Zeke Motta pouncing on the ball.

But the Boilermakers dug in and forced a punt and took over at their own 12 with 9:47 remaining. They were set back by a pair of penalties and after a long pass to Justin Siller fell incomplete, the Boilermakers punted out of their own end zone.

Notre Dame then moved in for Ruffer’s third field goal of the game to restore control.

Marve, who was sacked four times and intercepted twice, completed 31 of 42 passes for 220 yards. Crist was 19 of 26, solid but far from spectacular running Kelly’s fast-paced spread offense. Purdue’s talented wideout Keith Smith made 12 catches for 80 yards.

On the first play of the final quarter with Notre Dame ahead 20-3, Marve’s fourth-and-1 pass from the Notre Dame 5 was tipped and intercepted by nose guard Ian Williams. But Purdue star defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Charlton Williams then dropped Allen in the end zone for a safety.

After the free kick, the Boilermakers drove in for the score with Marve using a nice fake to break free on his 23-yard run.

Crist’s 5-yard TD pass to freshman TJ Jones early in the third came just a little over two minutes after Allen picked his way on a 38-yard punt return to the Purdue 30. The score put the Irish up 20-3.

The Irish twice appeared ready to tack on another score and increase the lead.

Ian Williams sacked Marve, he fumbled and Kapron Lewis-Moore picked up the ball and ran to the end zone. It was initially ruled a touchdown, but after a review, officials determined Marve was down before the fumble, allowing Purdue to keep possession and punt it away.

After Crist hooked up with Floyd on a 34-yard pass, he hit the usually sure-handed Floyd again as he slanted toward the end zone. But Floyd was hit by Will Lucas at the 2, fumbled and Logan Link recovered for Purdue to cut off another Irish scoring threat.

Then the Irish took off behind the running of Wood, who had dashes of 16, 15 and 15 yards. Allen broke through – with Kerrigan on the bench – and raced to the end zone from 22 yards out for the score with 2:01 left in the opening period.

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Purdue Track and Field posts record day at Boilermaker Invitational https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/track-field-record-day-boilermaker-invitational https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/track-field-record-day-boilermaker-invitational#comments Sun, 21 Feb 2010 04:16:17 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5075

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue men’s and women’s track and field teams posted a banner day at the Boilermaker Invitational, posting several NCAA qualifying marks, including senior Brianna Neumann’s outstanding effort in the women’s pole vault. Neumann tied the school and fieldhouse record on Saturday, clearing the NCAA automatic standard of 4.25 meters (13-11.25).

Neumann cleared her fifth personal record of the season in her record-tying height on Saturday, needing all three jumps to match the national standard. The jump ties Ebbie Metzinger’s Purdue indoor record from Feb. 2, 2002, and NCAA Division I national leader Kylie Hutson’s Lambert Fieldhouse record from Jan. 23 of this season’s Gene Edmonds Cup. Neumann is the 12th athlete to clear the NCAA automatic standard this season, joining Hutson and Big Ten leader Alicia Rue of Minnesota as confirmed qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for Mar. 12-13 at the University of Arkansas.

Senior classmate Eric Sparks led a group of three NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the men’s pole vault, clearing an indoor career best 5.35 meters (17-06.50) to improve his Big Ten and NCAA standing and vastly improve his chances of qualifying for the national indoor championships. Sparks now ranks second in the Big Ten this season, and matched the No. 12 mark in the country with just two meets left before the national meet. Junior Chris Thoman and freshman Mitch Erickson both cleared the NCAA provisional standard of 5.20 meters (17-00.75) on the day, setting an indoor career best for Thoman and a career-best mark for Erickson, as well as tying them for fifth in the conference this season.

Junior Bill Hardcastle added his name to the Boilermakers’ NCAA qualifier list as well on Saturday, tossing a season-best and indoor personal record 18.00 meters (59-00.75) to win the men’s shot put, and improve to sixth in the Big Ten this season. Other top marks in the men’s throws came from junior Connor McCulley, sophomore Ben Schnepp and freshman Jakob Engel who scored personal records on the day. McCulley hurled a career- and team-best mark of 18.02 meters (59-01.50) in the weight throw, Schnepp launched a weight-throw mark of 17.42 meters (57-02.00) and Engel posted a career-best toss of 16.66 meters (54-08.00).

Junior Stacey Wannemacher was unable to exceed her season bests in the women’s weight throw and shot put, but still surpassed the NCAA provisional standards in both events. She was second overall and the top collegiate finisher in both events as well, tossing 18.81 meters (61-08.50) in the weight throw and 15.76 meters (51-08.50) in the shot put.

Junior Chris Kirtz bounced a career best 7.32 meters (24-00.50) to win the men’s long jump, moving up a spot to fourth on the Big Ten leaderboard this season, and inching closer to the NCAA provisional standard of 7.50 meters (24-07.25). Sophomore Mike Willey was very impressive on the day, clocking personal records in the 200-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. His time of 21.79 topped the 200-meter dash field and, after conversion, is good for fifth fastest in the Big Ten. He improved his career best in the hurdles by a full tenth of a second, finishing in 8.12 seconds for third place. Junior teammate Josh Hembrough was the top collegiate finisher in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 7.97 seconds in the finals.

The Boilermakers saw personal records in both the men’s and women’s mile runs as Ladd Mercer edged out his season and collegiate best with a time of 4:11.11 to win the men’s race, while Phillips was second in the women’s contest with a career-best time of 4:54.48. Senior Nan Hammel and sophomore Elise Glass also turned in personal records as Hammel crossed the line in 1:33.87 to win the 600-meter run, while Glass finished the 400-meter dash in 57.44.

The Purdue squads split next weekend for the Big Ten Indoor Championships as the women travel to Penn State University, while the men head to the University of Minnesota.

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Purdue Women’s Swimming: Twelve qualified for finals at Big Ten Championships https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/womens-swimming-big-ten-championships-day-4-early-results https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/womens-swimming-big-ten-championships-day-4-early-results#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2010 03:23:16 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5073

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– The 22nd-ranked Purdue women’s swimming and diving team added another broken record and qualified 12 for finals Saturday during the early session of day four of the Big Ten Championships inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Casey Matthews Purdue Diver

Casey Matthews earned the highest qualifying mark in the platform while posting a season-best score during Saturday's first session at the Big Ten Championships. (PurdueSports.com)

Junior Allie Smith took down a program record for the fifth time during these championships when she completed the 200-yard backstroke in 1 minute, 55.72 seconds. The Green Bay, Wis., native bettered her previous record of 1:57.03 set at last year’s Big Ten Championships and qualified for Saturday night’s final with the fifth-fastest time.

Purdue is guaranteed big points in the platform diving competition after placing three athletes in the top eight during the qualifying session. Sophomore Casey Matthews led the way with a season-best score of 339.40 that moved her to second on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the event and was the highest of all 20 competitors. Junior Kara Cook earned the third-highest score after posting a season-best tally of 304.50, while classmate Erin Mertz qualified sixth with her score of 255.20.

Three Boilermakers are set to appear in the 100 freestyle Saturday evening. Junior Ariel Martin recorded a season-best time of 49.90 that improves her standing on the list of NCAA provisional qualifiers and in third on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the event to nab the 11th qualifying spot. Senior Leah Henninger swam a season-best and NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 50.03 that improves her standing in fourth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the event and qualified 12th. Junior Lisa Butler touched the wall in a season-best time of 50.35 to qualify 17th.

Sophomore Lauren Roth swam the eighth-fastest time in the 200 butterfly and moved to fourth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the event with her NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 1:59.64. Senior Christine Inman also advanced to Saturday evening’s session while improving her stance in fifth on Purdue’s all-time performance list with an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 2:00.58 that ranked 14th.

Sophomore Kristen Gilson missed a scoring spot by less than two-hundredths of a second in the 200 backstroke. The Plano, Texas, native, who finished 14th in the 100 backstroke Friday night, swam a season-best time of 1:58.30 to earn the 17th-fastest time during the morning session.

Freshmen Ellesse Lunde and Seraphina Van earned spots in the ‘C’ final of the 200 breaststroke. Lunde garnered the 18th-fastest qualifying time with her season-best clocking of 2:17.54, while Van qualified 21st with her time of 2:17.72.

Senior Elizabeth Holmes lowered her season-best time in the 200 backstroke by more than five seconds when she touched the wall in 2:07.31. Sophomore Sara Bogert dropped more than one second off her season-best time in just four laps of the pool as she finished the 100 freestyle in 51.84. Freshmen Lauren Nichols and Lauren Gustafson added season-best times in the event by touching the wall in 51.01 and 51.15, respectively.

Classmate Megan Roach lowered her season-best time in the 200 breaststroke by almost exactly four seconds when she touched the wall in 2:19.73. Sophomore Christina Jacobs dropped more than two seconds off her season-best time in the event by finishing in 2:20.68. Classmate Sarah Dunleavy, swimming the event for just the second time this season, recorded a time of 2:21.41, and junior Jessica Davis completed her first 200 breaststroke of the season in 2:22.72. Fellow junior Mary-Margaret Lopez finished the 200 butterfly in 2:11.18.

Purdue has broken 14 program records and three freshman records during the first five sessions of the Big Ten Championships. The team also has recorded 86 season-best marks during the conference championship meet.

Saturday’s evening session, which is the final session of the championships, features finals in all of the preliminary events plus the 400 medley relay. The session is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, but timed finals of the 1,650 freestyle are slated to begin at 4:15 p.m. Live results and live video can be found at purduesports.com.

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Men’s Tennis: Purdue defeats #61 Harvard, remains undefeated at home https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/mens-tennis-pu-d-harvard-61 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/mens-tennis-pu-d-harvard-61#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2010 03:17:49 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5078

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue men’s tennis team kept its unbeaten home record intact Saturday afternoon by taking down 61st-ranked Harvard 4-3 on the Basham Courts inside the Schwartz Tennis Center.

Branko Kuzmanovic Purdue Men's Tennis

Branko Kuzmanovic earned the deciding point in Purdue's 4-3 victory Saturday.

“It took a total team effort to win today,” head coach Pawel Gajdzik said. “We have been looking for a significant win early in this season, and we knew that today would be an important match. Our guys are starting to realize that the hard work from the offseason and the way we played early on is starting to pay off. It shows we are headed down the right path. Today was really a story of two different teams after we weren’t very aggressive in doubles.”

Harvard (4-3) pulled out to an early lead by winning the doubles point. Aba Omodele-Lucien and Christo Schultz picked up an 8-2 victory at No. 1 over senior P.J. Rose and sophomore Eric Ramos. The point was clinched at No. 2, where Alistair Felton and Andy Nguyen earned an 8-4 win over senior Slavko Bijelica and sophomore Thomas Wilson. Purdue (7-1) avoided the sweep as seniors Paul Foley and Branko Kuzmanovic, playing together as a doubles duo for the first time this season, defeated Alexei Chijoff-Evans and Joshua Tchan 8-5 at No. 3.

Ramos pulled Purdue even as the match moved to singles. The Alameda, Calif., native improved to 7-1 this season in singles play when he defeated Schultz 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3. Bijelica nudged the Boilermakers ahead as he picked up a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Felton at No. 2. The Crimson tied the match again at No. 5, where Nguyen won 7-5, 6-3 over Foley, and jumped ahead for the final time when Chijoff-Evans earned a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Rose at No. 1.

The final two matches needed three sets to determine a winner and stretched the match past the four-hour mark. Wilson battled back after dropping the first set to defeat Davis Mangham 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and even the match one more time. Kuzmanovic, playing in just his second match this season after returning from an injury, clinched the victory for Purdue with his 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Tchan, who was ahead 4-1 in the final set.

“I just tried to keep fighting and believe that I could win,” Kuzmanovic said. “It wasn’t all about me, though. It was a total team effort. If the other guys hadn’t won their matches, I would not have been in the position I was to get the fourth win for the team. It really was a team effort, and all of the guys deserve credit.”

Purdue earned its first victory over a ranked opponent this season and is now 1-1 against nationally-ranked foes. The Boilermakers have eclipsed last season’s overall win total and already have one more home win than last season’s team.

“I have to give props to Branko,” Gajdzik said. “He really came back strong today, and that’s the kind of leadership we expect from a senior. He’s very experienced and has been in those situations before, so we all trust him. We talked during a change and made a slight adjustment to his strategy. After that, he really took off. This is a great win for him and a great win for our team.”

Purdue returns to action Sunday when it hosts Illinois State at noon ET. Admission to the Schwartz Tennis Center is free, and live results can be found at purduesports.com.

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Purdue Women’s Swimming: Records continue to fall at Big Ten Championships https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/womens-swimming-big-ten-championships-day-3 https://www.lafayette-online.com/purdue-news/sports/2010/02/womens-swimming-big-ten-championships-day-3#respond Sat, 20 Feb 2010 03:42:34 +0000 http://www.lafayette-online.com/?p=5066

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -– The 22nd-ranked Purdue women’s swimming and diving team broke two records while recording 12 scoring places Friday evening to round out day three of the Big Ten Championships inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Seraphina Van broke Purdue's freshman record in the 100 butterfly Friday evening at the Big Ten Championships.

“This was a good day,” head coach John Klinge said. “This day is a pivotal day in the meet where teams start separating from the pack. The key is to stay in the hunt and get people back to swim finals. I think we’ve been really fortunate to have so many people move up in finals and swim better times. We just have to look for a really big day tomorrow morning.”

Junior Ariel Martin earned her third runner-up finish and broke her seventh record of the championships when she finished the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 45.55 seconds. The Jeffersonville, Ind., native lowered her previous program record of 1:46.15 she set while leading off the second-place 800 freestyle relay Wednesday night. Martin also finished second in the 50 freestyle Thursday evening with a new program record of 22.50.

“It’s really cool to break the record again,” Martin said. “Wednesday, my goal was to go 1:46.1. I went what I wanted to go, and then I looked at another chance to break the record two days later and changed my target time. I came in and did better than the time I wanted. Second place is awesome. I’ll take it. It’s really exciting.”

Seraphina Van took down the oldest freshman record on Purdue’s books when she won the 100 butterfly ‘C’ final in 55.05. The time betters Erika Whyte’s record of 55.86 that had stood since 1996 and moves Van to third on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the event. Van now holds two freshman records after earning the 200 breaststroke mark at the Purdue Invitational on Nov. 22.

“Breaking the record was another surprise for me,” Van said. “The 100 fly isn’t exactly one of my best events, but now that I’ve broken the freshman record it’s definitely something I can look forward to in the future.”
Junior Allie Smith finished fourth in the 100 backstroke with her time of 53.66. The Green Bay, Wis., native finished the race just four-hundredths of a second away from the school record of 53.62 she set during Friday’s preliminary session. Classmate Katie Beck improved her NCAA provisional-qualifying time in the event and finished 14th by touching the wall in 55.30.

Sophomore Lauren Roth improved her standing in second on Purdue’s all-time performance list and moved up the list of NCAA provisional qualifiers in the 200 freestyle. Roth, who briefly held Purdue’s 500 freestyle record during Thursday’s preliminary session and sits second on that event’s all-time performance list, finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:46.88.

Fellow sophomore Jessica Davis added fourth-place points to the team total and improved her standing in second on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the 100 breaststroke. The Tempe, Ariz., native moved up on the list of NCAA provisional qualifiers with a season-best time of 1:00.91.

Junior Lisa Butler improved her standing in fourth on Purdue’s all-time performance list in the 200 freestyle while winning the ‘B’ final. The Holland, Mich., native outraced the field to the wall in 1:47.65 to improve her standing on the NCAA provisional qualifiers list and better her preliminary time of 1:47.85.

The Boilermakers grabbed three scoring positions in the 3-meter diving competition. Junior Erin Mertz led the group by finishing fifth with her season-best score of 349.70 that improves her standing in sixth on the program’s all-time performance list in the event. Sophomore Casey Matthews took seventh after scoring 317.20 in the final, and junior Kara Cook scored in 14th with 280.15.

Purdue’s 400 medley relay began the session by finishing fifth and just missing a school record. Smith, Davis, Beck and Leah Henninger combined to complete the race in 3:40.51, bettering the NCAA provisional-qualifying standard and missing the school record by 22-hundredths of a second.

Sophomore Kristen Gilson scored in 14th place in the 400 IM with her season-best time of 4:20.17. Freshman Emily McIlrath also earned a 14th-place finish as she completed the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.94 after posting a new Purdue freshman-record time of 1:02.62 in Friday’s preliminary session. Sophomore Christina Jacobs finished 20th in the event with her time of 1:03.47.

Senior Christine Inman, who before the session was recognized as Purdue’s sportsmanship honoree, earned a 20th-place finish in the 100 butterfly when she touched the wall in a season-best time of 55.59. Junior Mary-Margaret Lopez finished 24th in the event with her 57.70 clocking. Henninger touched the wall in 1:50.29 to finish 24th in the 200 freestyle.

Purdue has broken 13 program records and three freshman records during the first four sessions of the Big Ten Championships. The team also has recorded 69 season-best marks during the conference championship meet.

With seven events remaining on the final day, Purdue is in third place with 318 points. Defending champion Indiana leads the team race with 451, and Minnesota sits second with 418.5. Behind the Boilermakers, Michigan’s 314.5 points and Ohio State’s 283.5 total round out the top five.

Action concludes Saturday with a preliminary session set for 11 a.m. ET to be followed by finals at 6:30 p.m. A complete schedule of events, as well as live results and live video from the championships, can be found at purduesports.com.

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