May 16, 1997
Men's Swimming Signs Five Student Athlete
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Men's Swimming coach Dan Ross has announced the signing of five student-athletes to Letters-of-Intent to enroll at Purdue, beginning the fall of 1997.
The Boilermakers inked Matt Garrison (Peoria, Ill., East H.S.), Matt Martin (Mission Viejo, Calif., Mission Viejo H.S.), David Weiss (Toledo, Ohio, St. Francis DeSales H.S.), John Wakefield (Kingwood, Texas, Kingwood H.S.) and Ian Caswell (Brentwood, Tenn., Brentwood H.S.).
"This is a solid class because we addressed our needs by improving in the sprint fly, distance freestyle and backstroke events," coach Dan Ross said. "We have added depth and individuals who can score at Big Tens. David Weiss is probably the top recruit, but everyone has tremendous potential."
Garrison finished the Illinois state meet runner-up in the fly with a time of 50.4. He is a projected scorer at Big Tens and someone who will add depth in one of the area's Purdue failed to score points in last year. Garrison is Junior Nationals qualifier who plans on majoring in supervision in the school of technology.
Martin is a distance freestyler who has a faster 1000 free (9:21.0) top time than Purdue's varsity record. He is considered a late bloomer who qualified for Junior Nationals and narrowly missed qualifying for Senior Nationals byh two-hundredths of a second. He is an honor roll student who chose Purdue over Columbia. Martin plans on majoring in pre-medicine.
Weiss comes to Purdue as perhaps the most acclaimed recruit. He won the Ohio state title in the 50 free, while turning a best time of 20.6 seconds. Also, he swims the sprint fly with his top 100-yard mark being 50.0. A Senior Nationals qualifier, he completes the Boilermakers' spring core which will improve the 200 free relay, Big Ten runner-up last year. Weiss has been excepted into the School of Sciences.
Wakefield was the Texas runner-up in the 100 backstroke. A young swimmer, who kicks well under water, he has a personal best time of 51.0. He will swim the 50 free on the 200 medley and also the 200 back. Wakefield plans on majoring in engineering.
Ian Caswell is an invited walk-on from just outside the Nashville area. Also a backstroker, he has top times in the 100-yard of 52.4 and 200 back of 1:53.0 He plans on majoring in pharmacy.