May 17, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's golf team will make its 14th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships beginning Tuesday, May 21, in Athens, Ga. The Boilermakers advanced by finishing second at the West Regional. They shot an 860 over 54 holes, one stroke behind top-ranked Southern California. Senior Paula Reto, the Big Ten champion, tied for regional medalist honors with Southern California's Annie Park. Both shot a seven-under 206. For Reto, she broke her own school-record for low 54-hole tournament score. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships seven straight years. They were national champions in 2010 runners-up in 2011, and placed ninth last season.
Women's Tennis Completes Historic Season
For only the second time in school history, the women's tennis team won an NCAA Tournament match, defeating South Carolina in thrilling come-from-behind fashion 4-3 last Friday. Senior Gisella Pere fought off five dual points with the Boilermakers trailing 3-0, and freshman Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum wrapped up the win with a 6-3 third-set victory after trailing 3-2. Purdue subsequently lost in the second round to sixth-ranked and host Miami (Fla.). Purdue's previous NCAA Tournament win was in 2006 against Harvard. The Boilermakers finished this season with an 18-6 record, tying the school wins record set just a year ago. Gisella finished her career as the winningest team dual match player in program history with 66 victories. Junior Mara Schmidt and freshman Krisztina Kapitany, the No. 27-ranked duo in the nation, will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships beginning Wednesday, May 22, in Champaign, Ill.
Men's Track and Field Most Improved at B1G's
By increasing its point total 40.5 points from a year ago, the Purdue men's track and field team was the most improved at the Big Ten Championships last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The next most-improved squad was Minnesota with a 22.5-point increase. The Boilermakers finished ninth with 56 points, their most since scoring 81 and placing fourth in 2009. Both track and field teams resume their season at the NCAA East Regionals from May 23 to 25 in Greensboro, N.C. Twelve men and six women qualified for the regionals, as did the men's 4x400 relay team. The NCAA Championships are June 5 to 8 in Eugene, Ore.
Gustafson, LaMothe Receive Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship
Former swimmers and recent graduates Lauren Gustafson and Alec LaMothe have been selected as Purdue's inaugural recipients of the new Big Ten Conference postgraduate scholarships. One male and one female student-athlete from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue his/her education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based primarily on academic achievements. Gustafson completed her undergraduate course work with a 3.99 grade-point average while majoring in general health sciences (health sciences professional). LaMothe compiled a 3.80 GPA while majoring in neurobiology and physiology. Both Gustafson and LaMothe are Indiana natives who were four-year letterwinners for the Boilermakers.
Basketball Scheduling News
On the heels of announcing the 2013-14 men's basketball non-conference schedule last week, Purdue was informed on its Big Ten single-play opponents: Indiana and Michigan at Mackey Arena and Illinois and Iowa on the road. The entire 18-game Big Ten slate, as well as times and television information for non-conference games, is forthcoming. Women's basketball single plays will be Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin at home; Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota on the road. The Boilermakers will travel to Duke to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 5.
Junior outfielder Andie Varsho and sophomore second baseman Ashley Burkhardt have been named first team NFCA All-Mideast Region ... Junior Adam Schenk shot a one-over 72 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Columbus Regional to finish the day in a tie for 10th place. He is five strokes behind the individual leader, Raoul Menard of Charlotte with 36 holes left to play. The top individual on a non-advancing team earns a spot in the NCAA Championships ... The final two baseball games of the 2013 season are today and tomorrow against Iowa at Alexander Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. tomorrow, when Purdue will honor its seven seniors: pitcher Brett Andrzejewski, catcher/first baseman Kyle Bischoff, first baseman Angelo Cianfrocco/outfielder, pitcher Pat Gannon, infielder Jake Hansen, pitcher Robert Ramer and outfielder Stephen Talbott ... Members of the women's basketball program departed for South Africa yesterday with team chaplain and Fellowship of Christian Athletes advisor Marty Dittmar to provide service ministry at the Bethesda Outreach orphanage in Hammanskraal, South Africa. Assistant coaches Nadine Morgan, Christy Smith and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton; video coordinator Tim Bertsch; players Courtney Moses, Torrie Thornton and April Wilson; manager Kirstin Ross; and former player Brittany Rayburn are on the trip that runs through May 27 ... The "Darrell Hazell Show" on radio will air Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. ET on the Purdue Sports Network, beginning Aug. 29. It will originate from Buffalo Wild Wings on Brown Street in West Lafayette ... Supervisor of women's basketball operations Terry Kix, who underwent surgery for stomach cancer last month in New York City, returned to work this week and looks great ... Good luck to Greg Robertson, associate head golf coach at Purdue for the past 11 years, who was named head women's golf coach at Kent State on Tuesday ... Purdue is a recipient of the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award that will be presented June 14 in Orlando, Fla.