Men's Swimming Sends Five to the NCAA's.
Four-time All-American Vilmos Kovacs will swim three events.
March 12, 1998
The Purdue men's swimming and diving program was notified today that five swimmers have qualified for the NCAA Championships held March 26-28 in Auburn, Ala.
Four-time All-American Vilmos Kovacs will swim both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay. Seniors Frank Smardo and Mike Ullom lead the 200 freestyle relay team that qualified with a varsity record time of 1:19.50. Joining this duo will be junior Kirk Larsen and freshman David Weis. Ullom and Larsen will also swim the 100 freestyle while Smardo will swim the 50 freestyle. The group will also swim the 400 freestyle relay.
Any combination of these freestylers will also join Kovacs on the 200 medley relay team. "With the relay team getting in, this really maximizes our point potential," said head coach Dan Ross. A year ago, the Boilermaker squad finished 19th at the NCAA Championships behind great performances from Kovacs and then-senior Matt Brown. "Last year we had two individuals with strong performances which gave us points," Ross added. "This year we only have one. But if the relay team can pick up the slack, we'll be in good shape." Senior Marisa Watts has qualified for the women's NCAA Championships held March 19-21 in Minneapolis, Minn. She will swim the 500 and 1650 freestyle.
Divers Brandon Gustafson and Kara Hajek will be in action at the NCAA Zone diving meet held at Miami (Ohio) University beginning tomorrow. By qualifying for the meet earlier in the season, the two have a chance to gain valuable experience diving at a big meet with the chance of qualifying for the NCAA meet.