Purdue Swimming

Coaching Staff

 
Supervisor of Swimming & Diving Operations
Darlene Renie


Darlene Renie completed her 14th year as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Purdue women's program in 2010-11. In the summer of 2011, she made the transition to supervisor of swimming and diving operations for both the men's and women's teams. The 2017-18 season marks her seventh year in a that role.

As the main recruiter for the Purdue women's program, Renie was responsible for all aspects of both on- and off-campus recruiting.

Since joining the Purdue staff, Renie has used her expertise, personal example and excellent recruiting skills to help take Purdue from the lower half of the Big Ten Conference to placing among the top-six teams eight out of the past nine years, including a program-best-tying fourth-place finish in 2010 that earned head coach John Klinge the conference's Coach of the Year award.

Nine NCAA Championships qualifiers and five new relay records established at the Big Ten Championships highlighted the 2010-11 season. The nine NCAA qualifiers - seven swimmers and two divers - matched a program record established in 2010. Lisa Butler, Kara Cook, Emily Fogle, Lauren Gustafson, Caitlin Hamilton, Ariel Martin, Erin Mertz, Lauren Nichols and Allie Smith represented the Boilers at the national championship meet in Austin, Texas.

Joining divers Erin Mertz and Kara Cook as Honorable Mention All-Americans were Hamilton (1,650 free) as well as the 400 and 800 relay teams. Butler, Martin and Gustafson swam on both scoring relays along with Smith (400) and Fogle (800).

Purdue scored 36 points at the NCAA Championships to place 25th nationally.

Purdue set new records in all five relay events at the Big Ten Championships. Individually, new program records were established in seven events at the Big Ten Championships. Martin (100 & 200 free), Cook (platform diving), Fogle (200 breast), Hamilton (500 free), Mertz (3-meter diving) and Smith (100 back) all set a new benchmark in Purdue history. Fogle's time in the 100 breast was also a freshman record.

Freshman Caitlin Hamilton took down Purdue records in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events multiple times each throughout her first collegiate season. She finished second in the 1,650 at the Big Ten Championships in a time of 16:02.61 that obliterated the previous record of 16:26.31 that had stood since 1998. She then went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Championships in 16:02.01 to earn All-America status and record the highest national finish in Purdue history. Both 1,000 splits set a new program standard, as well, and the 500 record was broken twice at the Big Ten Championships.

The Boilermakers also had All-American swims from Allie Smith in the 100 backstroke and the 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay. The 16th-place finish stands as the best in program history, and the nine different All-Americans, as well as the five different scoring events, also rank as program highs.

Renie's recruits have proven to be among the best in Purdue history. The all-time performance lists for all 19 events have been completely rewritten in the past 13 seasons. Only 13 of the 95 names that collectively make up the top-five fastest swimmers in each event were placed there before Renie joined the coaching staff, including her standing in fifth in the 200 butterfly, and she has been on staff and personally coached each and every school record holder.

Since her arrival to Purdue's coaching staff in 1997, Renie has coached two Big Ten champions and guided 18 different student-athletes to either All-America or honorable-mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Renie's most consistent performers at the national meet were Lisa Dolansky, Patricia Finnerty and Lindsay Lange, each of whom qualified for three straight meets from 2001-03.

Together on both medley relays and the 200 freestyle relay, these three competitors combined for 15 honorable-mention All-America citations. Kim Paradeise shared in their relay success in 2002 and 2003, earning four honorable-mention All-America certificates on her own. Gyongyver Lakos was part of the 400 medley relay team that also placed among the top 16 at the national championship meet in 2001.

Lakos and Theekshana Ratnasekera also went on to represent their countries at the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney, Australia. Lakos competed for her home country of Hungary, and Ratnasekera was part of Sri Lanka's delegation to the Games.

Renie, formerly Darlene Warta, was an outstanding swimmer and student-athlete at Purdue from 1986-90. A two-time team captain, Renie became Purdue's first female individual to be selected as an All-American after she placed fifth in the 200-yard butterfly at the 1989 NCAA Championships. In 1990, Renie earned All-America honors again in the 200 butterfly and honorable-mention recognition as a member of the 400 medley relay team. Renie also captured two Big Ten titles by winning the conference's 200 butterfly race in 1988 and 1990.

She left Purdue as the school-record holder in the 200 butterfly. Her personal-best clocking of 1:59.27 still ranks her as the third-fastest in Purdue history in that event. Along with teammate Jill Groff, who still stands as the fourth-fastest 1,650 freestyle swimmer in program history, Renie ranks as the longest-tenured Boilermaker on any of the all-time top-five lists.

She was a Senior Nationals consolation champion, a Junior Nationals qualifier, a four-time NCAA qualifier and the first woman in Purdue history to score individually at the NCAA Championships. She was named Purdue's Outstanding Senior Athlete by Mortar Board and the John Purdue Club's Chicago Athlete of the Year her senior year. By the time she finished her illustrious career, she held school records in the 100 and 200 butterfly, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays.

A native of Chicago, Renie and her husband, Jeff, live in Lafayette. Jeff, also a Purdue swimming alumnus, was a member of the 1986-87 Boilermaker squad under current head coach Dan Ross. The couple has one daughter, Jessica, and two sons, Jake and Joshua.
 

Assistant Coach
J Agnew


J Agnew completed his 10th year as Purdue men's swimming and diving assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2016-17 school year.

Agnew's tenure on deck has been one of the most successful stretches in Purdue history. In 2009, 2010 and 2015, the Boilermakers tied their highest Big Ten finish by placing fourth. The 2009 and 2010 teams posted Purdue's first set of consecutive fourth-place finishes since 1947-51. At the NCAA Championships, the Boilermakers' 13th-place finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2017 matched the program's best national showing in the modern era.

During Agnew's tenure, Boilermakers have broken a school record 33 times and taken down a freshman record 23 times.

Agnew also has shown to be more than capable of finding top talent and bringing the best swimmers from around the country to West Lafayette. His recruiting classes to date -- which include swimmers from more than a dozen different states, Canada, Croatia, Russia, Spain, Slovenia and Poland -- have been responsible for a USA Swimming national title at the U.S. Open, more than 75 scoring finishes at the Big Ten Championships, 17 freshman records, 15 school records and one U.S. Open Water 5K crown. The 2010 class was ranked 10th in the country by CollegeSwimming.com. The 2014 class was tabbed 12th nationally by SwimSwam.com.

The Purdue men were represented by 10 swimmers at 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Marat Amaltdinov is a two-time Big Ten champion in the 200 breaststroke, becoming the first Purdue swimmer to repeat in an event since 2003 to 2005. He went on to qualify for the championship final of the event at the 2017 NCAA Championships, becoming Purdue first full-fledged swimming All-American since 2006. A year earlier he would have been seeded third at the NCAA Championships but opted to forgo his spot in order to train for the Russian Olympic Trials.

Kiki Komlenic and Jake Thomas teamed up to eclipse the 100 and 200 backstroke records at the 2017 Big Ten Championships. Thomas broke the 200 record that had stood since 2005. New records were also established in the 400 medley and 800 free relays.

Six swimmers qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championships. Guillermo Blanco and Lyam Dias both qualified for three individual events as seniors in 2015. Amaltdinov became Purdue's first freshman swimmer to qualify via an individual event since 2006.

In recent seasons numerous Boilers have earned berths at the NCAA Championships three years in a row, including Matt Friede and Danny Tucker in 2014. Along with establishing new records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Dias became the program's first individual All-American in a swimming event since 2010. After winning the 200 breast at the 2015 Big Ten Championships to become Purdue's first conference champ since 2009, Dias again earned All-America accolades at NCAAs.

At the 2014 Classic @ SMU, Blanco broke a Purdue record in the 400 IM that had stood since 2007. He was named the MVP of that prestigious meet and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Blanco graduated as the program record holder in the 200 IM as well.

In 2013, the Boilers' 200 freestyle relay team garnered Honorable Mention All-America recognition for the second year in a row by qualifying for the consolation final at NCAAs. While taking third in the consolation final, the 200 free relay team of Chuck Destro, Friede, Tucker and Benjamin Ziolkowski -- all Agnew recruits -- placed 11th nationally. Friede, Tucker and Ziolkowski were part of the quartet for the second year in a row.

Tucker also competed individually at NCAAs after finishing as the runner up in the 50 and 100 free at Big Tens. He was named Second Team All-Big Ten and broke the program record in the 100 free twice at Big Tens, finishing the finals race in 42.84. His 50 free time of 19.35 was just one hundredth of a second shy of the program record.

Tucker went on to win the 100m free at the 2013 U.S. Open in Southern California.

The record-setting 200 freestyle relay team that earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition and five other new program benchmarks highlighted the 2011-12 season for Purdue. Ben Wachtel, Friede, Tucker and Ziolkowski teamed up to post a time of 1:17.71 in a one-chance time trial opportunity at the Big Ten Championships, eclipsing the school record and earning a berth at NCAAs. At the national championship meet, the quartet placed 13th in preliminaries to earn Honorable Mention All-America acclaim.

Ten swimmers also represented the program at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.

The 2009-10 season in the pool was highlighted by Sam Wilcher. The senior capped his career by breaking the Purdue 200 butterfly record, which he had held since his sophomore season, twice at the NCAA Championships. Wilcher eventually lowered the record to 1:43.82 and finished 11th for honorable-mention All-America status. Wilcher also broke the record at the Big Ten Championships, where he finished third and completed a career sweep of scoring in both the 100 and 200 butterfly at all four conference championship meets.

The 2008-09 season saw Andrew Langenfeld's 19.34 clocking in the 50 freestyle that gave him the Big Ten title, the Doris Z. Holloway Pool record and made him the fastest swimmer in conference history (record since broken). Langenfeld helped lead Purdue to a fourth-place finish that earned Purdue head coach Dan Ross his third Big Ten Coach of the Year honor.

In addition to championship success, the Boilermakers also have excelled in dual meets throughout the season. In Agnew's 10 seasons at Purdue, the team is 63-33 in dual meets.

Before accepting the job at Purdue, Agnew was a successful coach with Yorktown High School and the Yorktown Swim Club. He brought the Yorktown H.S. swimming program to unprecedented heights during his seven-year tenure, coaching eight individual state champions and 22 high school All-Americans. In his final season with the Tigers, Agnew produced seven swimmers who are continuing on to compete for NCAA Division I schools.

The Yorktown boys and girls squads combined for 10 top-10 state finishes under Agnew's watch, including a runner-up showing by his girls' team in 2006. Agnew was named Indiana High School Girls Swimming Coach of the Year following the 2003-04 season after leading the team to a fourth-place finish.

Agnew graduated from Ball State University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics education. He is married to the former Kelly McKinley. The couple lives in West Lafayette and has two daughters, Haley and Neely.

 

 

Assistant Coach
Erica Beine

Former Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach and University of Maryland assistant Erica Beine completed her sixth season as an assistant with Purdue women's swimming & diving in 2016-17. Beine joined the Boilermakers in June 2011.

"Erica brings a great deal of knowledge, experience, and excitement to our program," Purdue head coach John Klinge says. "We are very fortunate to have her as part of Purdue Swimming and Diving."

Purdue has finished among the top 25 at the NCAA Championships in four of Beine's first six seasons. At least six Boilermakers have qualified for the national championship in each of the last five seasons. Seven Purdue swimmers qualified for NCAAs in 2014 and 2015.

Allie Davis, Emily Fogle, Nika Karlina Petric and Rhiannon Sheets were all four-time NCAAs qualifiers during their careers. Davis, Petric and Sheets were a big reason why Purdue's 800 free relay team qualified four years in a row. But Sheets was also a four-time individual qualifier and Fogle capped her career in 2016 as an All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She qualified for the championship final of the 100 breast to become the Boilermakers' first swimmer to earn full-fledged All-America honors since 2010. Fogle was later named the Purdue Female Athlete of the Year, the first swimmer to claim the prestigious honor since 1994.

Kaersten Meitz medaled with a third-place finish at the 2017 Big Ten Championships, which the Boilermakers hosted, and qualified for NCAAs for the third year in a row. She is the program record holder in the 500 and 1000 freestyle. As a two-time honorable mention All-American in 500 free, Meitz is the first Purdue swimmer to earn All-America honors in consecutive seasons since 2010 and 2011. Taite Kitchel also enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, qualifying for the NCAA Championships as a sophomore.

Seven new program records were established during the 2015-16 season and the Purdue women were represented by eight swimmers at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials that summer.

Purdue's 800 free relay team of Sheets, Abby Jagdfeld, Petric and Davis established a new program record at the 2015 Big Ten Championships and later earned Honorable Mention All-America acclaim at NCAAs with a 12th place finish. Together they became the Boilers' first All-America relay team since 2011.

Sheets headlined a large senior class that helped Purdue compile a 3.59 team GPA during the 2015 spring semester, ranking sixth nationally.

Additionally, Meitz, Davis and Petric gave the Boilers an accomplished distance crew that excelled at Big Tens, qualified for NCAAs and had strong showings at prestigious long course meets in the summer of 2015. Davis had three individual top-10 finishes at USA Swimming's Phillips 66 Nationals. Petric represented Slovenia at the World University Games in South Korea. During the college season, Meitz broke the Purdue record in the 500 free and already ranks second in the 1000 and 1650.

The weekend of Nov. 21 to 23, 2015, Purdue won the five-team Ohio State Invitational after 26 Boilermakers scored in at least one individual event. It marked the first time Purdue won a multi-day invitational meet on the road since November 2004 at North Carolina.

Carly Mercer established a new program record in the 100 free, became the first Boilermaker to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors three times in one season and qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual.

Alex Todd and Kylie Vogel both broke the program record in the 100 fly at the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Meagan Lim (100 fly) and Hannah Manger (100 back) established new freshman benchmarks during their inaugural college seasons.

Swimmers Lauren Gustafson, Lauren Nichols, Davis, Mercer, Petric and Sheets were among the eight Boilermakers to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Championships under Beine's guidance. Gustafson (50 and 100 free) and Sheets (100 & 200 fly, 200 IM) raced in individual events and joined forces with their teammates in the three freestyle relay events. Gustafson, Nichols and Sheets went back to the national championship meet for the second time in their Purdue careers. Davis and Petric qualified for the NCAA Championships as freshmen.

The Boilermakers won the seven-team 2013 Purdue Invitational the weekend before Thanksgiving. A number of fast times emerged from the weekend, highlighted by Emily Fogle breaking her own program record in the 100 breaststroke.

The 2012-13 recruiting class that Beine helped sign up was ranked 11th nationally by CollegeSwimming.com.

Three individual NCAA Championships qualifiers and 16 new school records highlighted the 2011-12 season for Purdue. Nine swimmers also represented the Boilers at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Lauren Roth and Fogle both made their second appearances at the NCAA Championships, where they were joined by Sheets as a freshman. One day after scoring in the 100 breaststroke, Fogle won the consolation final of the 200 breaststroke at the national championship meet to garner her second Honorable Mention All-America award of the weekend.

Beine was an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams at Maryland during the 2010-11 season after spending two years as the head coach of both the men and women at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was named the 2010 Horizon League Coach of the Year after leading the UWM men to their first conference title in a decade. The women's team was also the runner-up at the 2010 Horizon League Championships.

Beine made the transition from assistant to head coach at Milwaukee, serving two years as an assistant prior to becoming the leader of the two programs. She also worked one year as a graduate assistant at Ball State while earning a master's degree in sports administration.

During Beine's tenure as the head coach at Milwaukee, the Panthers rewrote their record books. Sixty-five total records were eclipsed 77 different times in her two years. She helped coach 13 individual league champions. At Maryland, she coached Atlantic Coast Conference champions in the 50 free and 100 fly on the women's side. The Terrapins had four swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championships, earning All-America and Honorable Mention All-America honors en route to finishing 22nd with 42 team points. The 200 free relay team placed eighth nationally.

A five-time All-American and four-time NCAA qualifier during her college career at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Beine spent one year as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater after closing out her career. She was an eight-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree, swimming on four conference champion relay teams. She helped lead the Pointers to the 2001 WIAC title.

Beine earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and coaching from UWSP. She is a native of Oshkosh, Wis., and is married to Dave Beine. The couple has two young sons, Simon and Mitchell.