Putrimas breaks the 500 freestyle mark on day one of the Kansas Classic

TOPEKA, Kan.Andrea Putrimas set a new Indiana State record on their way to winning the 500-yard freestyle final to mark the Sycamores’ first day of pool at the Kansas Classic.

Putrimas’ singles title highlighted a day that saw 25 ISU athletes advance to the evening’s finals, while Katie Dougherty added a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM.

Friday final
200 free relay

Indiana State opened the night’s finals with the 200-yard freestyle relay as the Sycamores put two teams in the top eight of the field. The top ISU quartet by Raine Boles, Alexa Szadorski, Kaimi Matsumotoand Chloe Farro combined to set the fourth fastest time in Sycamore history with a time of 1:33.36 and finish fourth overall in the field.

The second ISU group of Carmina ArmstrongPeyton Heagy, Marnie Gray, and Kalli Agapios also finished in the top eight in the ISU annals after hitting the wall in 1:34.63 to finish seventh overall. The last ISU group to enter the field finished 13th overall Alexandria Cotter, Trista BullockOlivia DiRuzza and Rebecca Shaffer finished in 1:37.59.

500 free finals

Senior Andrea Putrimas put on a record-breaking performance on Friday night as the Toronto, Ontario, Canada native blew up the field by winning the 500 Free. After finishing third overall in the morning heats, Putrimas cut her time by more than four seconds to take the singles title in an ISU record of 4:54.48. Her time put her nearly two full seconds ahead of Iowa’s Brinley Horras (4:56.31) and nearly a full second ahead of the previous ISU mark set by Sarah Moreau (4:55.43) in 2019.

Esther Rydbeck Norden (5:00.12, 7th) joined her teammate in the top-10 of the field, while Haley Halsall (5:01.64, 11th), Molly Fogarty (5:02.39, 12.), Rhiannon Wozny (5:02.49, 13.) and Sarah Moreau (5:18.75, 16th) all ended up among the event’s top scorers. Jordan Gruce (5:05.00, 18th) reduced her preliminary lap time by more than a full second and Kamila Nowak (5:07.08, 22nd) also took part in the field.

200 IN THE FINAL

Katie Dougherty (2:04.76, 3rd) nearly matched her best season so far by leading nine Sycamores in the 200 IM Finals. The junior made it through to the top 10 Alexa Szadorski (2:05.58, 7.) and Alexandria Cotter (2:04.74, 9th) to lead the state of Indiana in the event.

Carmen Alard Vegas (2:06.25, 11.) and Dorotea Bukvic (2:06.39, 18th) both added top 20 finishes in the event while Trista Bullock (2:08.68, 21.) and Colleen O’Connor (2:10.16, 23.) also posted strong scores. Olivia DiRuzza (2:10.59, 29th) and Makayla Surah (2:12.94, 31st) completed the group in the final field.

50 free endgames

Peyton Heagy became the first Sycamore to touch the wall in the 50 Free event as the newcomer led four Sycamores to finish in the top 16. Heagy’s time of 23.68 cut her pre-lap time by two tenths, placing her 11th overall in the field. Kaimi Matsumoto (23.76, 13th), Chloe Farro (23.80, 14th) and Raine Boles (23.98, 16th) also scored for the ISU.

Marnie Gray (24.21, 22.) and Carmina Armstrong (06/24, 23rd) competed in the C final, while Kalli Agapis (06/24, 26th) and Jordan Gruce (24.55, 36.) rounded off the competition field for ISU.

400 Medley Relay Final

The Indiana State Quartet of Maddie Rutan, Kaimi Matsumoto, Marnie Grayand Alexa Szadorski nearly gave the ISU their second school record that day when the group finished the 400 Medley Relay in 3:43.06 and placed third overall. The time was half a second off the ISU mark the quartet set at last year’s CSCAA National Invitational (3:42.53).

Carmen Alard Vegas, Elle GilkersonRaine Boles and Chloe Farro combined to finish seventh overall in 3:47.11 while the final group of Trista Bullock, Dorotea Bukvic, Alexandria Cotterand Peyton Heagy touched the wall in 3:51.10 and finished 13th.

Top ISU artists in each finals event

200-yard freestyle relay: Raine Boles, Alexa Szadorski, Kaimi Matsumoto, Chloe Farro (1:33.36, 4.)
500 meter freestyle: Andrea Putrimas (4:54.48, 1.)
200-yard IM: Katie Dougherty (2:04.76 3rd)
50-yard freestyle: Peyton Heagy (23.68, 11th)
400 Medley Relay: Maddie Rutan, Kaimi Matsumoto, Marnie Gray, Alexa Szadorski (3:43.06, 3.)

Friday morning

Indiana State put together one of its broader efforts of the 2022 season in the opening morning session of the Kansas Classic. In the three heats that swam in the morning, 25 sycamores qualified for the finals, including 14 athletes who were among the potential scorers on opening day.

500 Free Prelims
Andrea Putrimas The meeting started strong for the ISU as the senior finished third in the field with a time of 4:58.74. Esther Rydbeck Norden followed her teammate with a season best of 4:59.15 and finished fifth overall, while Haley Halsall also beat her previous mark with a time of 5:01.88 to finish ninth.

Rhiannon Wozny (5:02.91, 11.) Molly Fogarty (5:03.78, 13.) and Sarah Moreau (5:04.90, 16th) was also among the potential scorers in the preliminary round, while Kamila Nowak (5:05.81, 17th) and Jordan Gruce (5:06.20, 19th) reached the final on Friday evening. The group was rounded off in the 500 Free Tori Johns (5:15.74, 30.) and Rose Parsons (5:15.95, 31st).

200 IM preliminary rounds

Indiana State dominated en route to Friday night’s 200 IM finals as the Sycamores fielded nine athletes, led by Alexa Szadorskis third result. The sophomore touched the wall in 2:04.74, just 0.05 off her personal best, to lead three Sycamores in the top-10 on the leaderboard.

Katie Dougherty (2:05.34, 8th) and Alexandria Cotter (2:05.94, 9th) also finished in the top 10 in the field of 32 athletes who qualified for Friday’s finals. Carmen Alard Vegas (2:06.25, 11th) just missed the connection to her teammates in the top 10 Trista Bullock (2:08.34, 19.), Colleen O’Connor (2:09.54, 22nd), Dorotea Bukvci (2:09.56, 23rd), Olivia DiRuzza (2:12.15, 31st) and Makayla Surah (2:13.70, 32nd) all reached the final.

The Sycamore group was rounded off in the prelims by Rebecca Shaffer (2:14.59, 35th) and Elle Gilkerson (2:16.82, 38.).

50 free prelims

Eight more Sycamores made it to Friday night’s final, held by Raine Boles’ personal best 23.68 pace to finish 10th in the field. Boles’ time put her fourth all-time on the ISU Achievement List, 0.07 above her previous mark she had set in the last meeting against Missouri State/Miami (Ohio).

Chloe Farro (23.70, 11.) and Kaimi Matsumoto (23.77, 12th) finished just behind her teammate in the final of the evening, while Peyton Heagy (23.88, 16th) and Carmina Armstrong (February 24th, 20th) were also in the top 20 of the event.

Three more Sycamores join the finals on Friday night Marnie Gray (24.11, 22.), Calli Agapios (24.14, 26.) and Jordan Gruce (24.37, 33.) also within the qualification norm. Maddie Rutan (25.29, 49.) rounded off the group of plane trees in the basin.

Top ISU performers at every event

500 meter freestyle: Andrea Putrimas (4:59.15, 3.)
200 yard IM: Alexa Szadorski (2:04.74, 3.)
50-yard freestyle: Raine Boles (23.68, 10th)

weekend schedule

Indiana state swimmers are back in action this weekend when the ISU heads to the Capitol Federal Natatorium in Topeka, Kan., for the Nov. 18-20 Kansas Classic. Preliminary Qualifiers will be held daily starting at 11:00am ET, while Finals will be held in the evenings starting at 7:00pm ET.

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