Trio of Rising Sophomores Win Medals to Cap Summer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A trio of rising sophomores for Purdue swimming & diving claimed medals at summer national meets hosted by USA Swimming and USA Diving.

Idris Muhammad helped his Dynamo Swim Club win three relay medals and set a pair of national age group records at USA Swimming’s Speedo Junior Nationals in Irvine, California.

Sophie McAfee spirit Jordan Rzepka were both silver medalists in 10-meter events in Midland, Texas, at USA Diving’s US Open Championships presented by Rocket Fizz. McAfee claimed silver individually on the tower. Rzepka teamed up with Olympian and Purdue alumnus Brandon Loschiavo for silver in 10-meter synchro, debuting as a synchro team in the process.

Muhammad spent the summer back in his native Georgia training with his Dynamo club team. After also being a key contributor to Purdue’s relays as a freshman, he enjoyed a breakout showing in SoCal with impressive relay splits coupled with qualifying for the A final of both the 100-meter backstroke (5th) and 50m freestyle (7th).

Dynamo won gold and set national age group records in the 4×50 freestyle (1:32.26) and 4×50 medley (1:41.93) relays. The Atlanta-area club was also victorious in the 4×100 free relay (3:25.12). Muhammad swam the anchor legs on both freestyle quartets and the leadoff backstroke leg on the medley. He posted the top backstroke split (25.58) in the field on the medley and the top 50 split (22.26) on the shorter of the two freestyle relays. He also sealed the victory in the 4×100 free relay with a 100 split of 50.88. Dyanmo also took fourth in the 4×100 medley relay.

Jenna Sonnenberg (1-meter) duck Ryan Zerpa (100m fly, 4x50m medley relay) were also among the competitors at the national showcase meets. Muhammad and Zerpa were both born in 2004, making them still eligible for Junior Nationals going into their sophomore seasons at Purdue.

McAfee won silver with a list score of 296.10 in the final, improving on her prelim list (256.85) by 39 points as she climbed the leaderboard from fourth to second place. After qualifying for the NCAA Championships in all three events in March, she also finished 10th among a field of 63 on 3-meter. She was fourth in the prelim.

After teaming up as synchro partners beginning in the spring, Loschiavo & Rzepka made their debut at a national meet with a list score of 309.27. They finished just 1.86 points behind the winning duo.

Sonnenberg placed 12th among a field of 44 on 1-meter.

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