4 members of Swim-Dive ready to participate in the Olympic Games
LAFAYETTE OUEST, Ind. – A historic year for Purdue swimming and diving at the Olympics, four boilermakers from three different countries compete in five combined events, starting Sunday.
Tyler downs (3 meters) and Brandon loschiavo (10 meters) won the right to represent the United States in the diving events. Jinq En Phee returns to the Olympics as a breaststroke qualifier for Malaysia. Nikola Aćin will represent Serbia in the 4×100 freestyle relay.
Purdue Athletics had a departmental record of nine Olympians this year, including four each from the swimming and diving and track and field programs. Former student Annie drew completes the list of nine as Purdue’s first volleyball player to qualify for the Olympics.
However, while all four of Purdue’s athletic qualifiers are alumni, the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center quartet is unique in that it includes two alumni, a current student-athlete and a new Boilermaker.
Phee graduated in May 2020 and continued to train in the Purdue pool after the Olympic Games were postponed to the spring of 2020. Loschiavo ended his college career in March as the NCAA champion on the plate. -form. He graduated in May. Aćin’s junior season at Purdue this year featured All-America honors and a program record time in the 100-yard freestyle. He is the only active Boilermaker student-athlete to qualify for the Olympics this year. Downs is the new freshman who won the 3-meter surprise at the age of 17 during the US Olympic Team Trials last month.
SWIMMING AND PURDISH DIVING AT THE TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES
• Nikola Aćin, Serbia – 4×100 Freestyle Relay
• Tyler downs, United States – Dive to 3 meters
• Brandon loschiavo, United States – Dive to 10 meters
• Jinq En Phee, Malaysia – 100 and 200 meter breaststroke
NOTABLE OLYMPICS OF PURDUE
• A Boilermakers will represent the United States team in the 10-meter diving for the fourth consecutive Olympic Games dating back to David Boudiadebut in 2008. Brandon loschiavo made his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
• Tyler downs, who turned 18 on July 19, is the youngest of 11 divers on the United States Olympic team this year.
• Since 1996, seven Boilermakers in swimming and diving have qualified for the Olympics as their teens before joining Purdue. Downs joins a list that also includes Gerald Koh (1996, Singapore), Gyongyver Lakos (1996, Hungary), Theekshana Ratnasekera (2000, Sri Lanka), Mary Beth Dunnichay (2008, USA), David Boudia (2008, United States) and Jinq En Phee (2016, Malaysia). No other sport at Purdue has accomplished the feat during this period.
• This year marks the first time since 2000 that Purdue has both a male and female swimmer qualified for the Olympics. In Sydney 21 years ago, Javier Diaz (200 freestyle, 200 IM) made the first of two appearances for Mexico as the women were represented by Lakos (Hungary) in the freestyle sprints and the 4×100 medley relay.
• Diaz was also the last Purdue male swimmer to qualify and the last two-time Olympian for the Boilermakers in the swimming events. In his comeback bid in 2004, he competed for Mexico’s 4×200 free relay team.
• Jinq En Phee joined Kara Patterson Winger (4-time javelin qualifier for Team USA) as the only boilermaker to win back-and-forth races at the Olympics this year. Phee’s journey is unique in that she qualified in 2016 before her college career began and is now returning to the big stage as a Purdue graduate.
• Phee was second in her heat and 33rd of 44 overall in the 100-meter breaststroke prelims at the 2016 Olympics with a time of 1: 10.22. She is the Malaysian national record holder in the 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke, but the Olympic program does not feature 50-meter races in the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly events.
• Nikola Aćin’s Serbian teammates in the 4×100 free relay team include Andrej Barna, Velimir Stjepanović and Uros Nikolic. Barna is currently swimming for the University of Louisville.
• Boudia (2012) and Steele Johnson (2016) both won Olympic medals a year after being NCAA diving champions in several events. Loschiavo has the opportunity to be NCAA champion and Olympic medalist in the same year, which would be a truly rare feat since many of the top collegiate divers of recent years – including Johnson (2015-16) and Loschiavo (2019 -20) – have exercised Olympic training waivers during the NCAA season leading up to the Olympics. Other US team divers Jordan Windle (1m) and Andrew Capobianco (3m) were also NCAA champions this year. Ron Merriott would be the last diver to be NCAA champion and Olympic medalist the same year, achieving the feat in 1984. Merriott was NCAA champion for Michigan over 3 meters and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games. Five years ago, swimmers Ryan Murphy (100 and 200 backstroke), Lilly King (100 breaststroke) and Joseph Schooling (100 butterfly) were all NCAA champions and Olympic gold medalists. Wrestler Kyle Snyder also accomplished the feat.
|Purdue Swimming and Diving Program at the Olympics
Daily / hour converted to US Eastern Time
Swimming start times are approximate
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|Start time||Boilermaker||Event||Notable||To look at|
|SUNDAY JULY 25|
|6:37||Jinq En Phee||100m breaststroke||Round 2, lane 5||NBColympics.com|
|7:30||Nikola Aćin||4×100 relay free||Round 1, track 7||NBColympics.com|
|9:50 p.m.||Jinq En Phee||100m breaststroke||Top 16 in qualifying heats||NBC, NBColympics.com|
|11:05 p.m.||Nikola Aćin||4×100 relay free||Top 8 qualifiers||NBC, NBColympics.com|
|MONDAY JULY 26|
|22:17||Jinq En Phee||100m breaststroke||Top 8 in semi-qualifying||NBC, NBColympics.com|
|WEDNESDAY JULY 28|
|6:34||Jinq En Phee||200m breaststroke||Round 1, lane 8||NBColympics.com|
|22h54||Jinq En Phee||200m breaststroke||Top 16 in qualifying heats||NBC, NBColympics.com|
|THURSDAY JULY 29|
|9:41 p.m.||Jinq En Phee||200m breaststroke||Top 8 in semi-qualifying||NBC, NBColympics.com|
|MONDAY, AUGUST. 2|
|2 a.m||Tyler downs||Diving at 3 meters||–||CNBC, NBColympics.com|
|9:00 p.m.||Tyler downs||Diving at 3 meters||Top 18 in preliminary qualification||TV to be determined, NBColympics.com|
|TUESDAY, AUGUST. 3|
|2 a.m||Tyler downs||Diving at 3 meters||Top 12 in semi-qualifying||TV to be determined, NBColympics.com|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST. 6|
|2 a.m||Brandon loschiavo||Diving at 10 meters||–||TV to be determined, NBColympics.com|
|9:00 p.m.||Brandon loschiavo||Diving at 10 meters||Top 18 in preliminary qualification||TV to be determined, NBColympics.com|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST. 7|
|2 a.m||Brandon loschiavo||Diving at 10 meters||Top 12 in semi-qualifying||TV to be determined, NBColympics.com|