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ND Women’s Swimming & Diving: Confident squad hosts Purdue

Katharine Mack | Friday, November 5, 2010

Coming off a 150-93 dismantling of Michigan State last Friday, the Irish will be looking to get their second straight victory Saturday when they take on Purdue at Rolfs Aquatic Center.

The No. 22 Boilermakers are looking to build off a third-place finish at the SMU Classic last Friday.

“Our practices have been the same as they have been leading up to other meets,” senior Samantha Maxwell said. “We are really trying to keep the big picture in mind right now during training, which is championship season.”

The Irish took on Purdue last year on the road, losing 121-179. This year’s squad has an advantage going into Saturday’s meet in that Purdue will be swimming Friday evening at Northwestern.

“Going into Saturday’s meet, we have to expect closer races,” Maxwell said. “Purdue is a very good team and they are going to be challenging us from the first race.”

All events should be close, as this weekend’s meet will serve as an indicator for the Irish.

“The butterfly events should be especially interesting to watch because both teams have extremely talented swimmers entered in the events,” Maxwell said. “Both our team and Purdue are in the middle of a season of hard training, and the meet is going to be a good indicator of what needs to come next in training.”

The Irish take on Purdue at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center.