Aug. 13, 1997
Swimmers to Compete in World University Games
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Vilmos Kovacs and recently graduated Matt Brown of the Purdue men's swimming team will compete at the World University Games in Sicily on August 25-31.
Brown, a native of Fort Dodge, Iowa will represent the United States in the 200 individual medley. Brown qualified for the event on the second to last day of competition at the U.S. Swimming Championships in Nashville, Tenn., where he placed fourth in the 200 IM. Kovacs will represent his native Hungary in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Kovacs competed at the World University Games in Japan in 1995 and won the consolation championship in the 200 breaststroke.
"Its a big event for Purdue and especially for our program," head coach Dan Ross said. "For Matt to make it is great. It is a really big, big deal for him because he didn't have any plans to swim competitively after graduation. Vilmos should do very well also with his previous experience."
Brown was a two-time All-American at Purdue with fourth-place finishes in the 200 and 400 IM NCAA finals. Brown was also selected as the 1996-97 Purdue Male Athlete-of-the-Year. Kovacs earned two All-America honors with top performances in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events at the NCAA's. Both swimmers helped Purdue place 19th nationally this past spring, its highest finish since 1957.
"This will really help these guys in international competition experience, and it will also help our program with recruiting," Ross said. "I think they are both very capable of winning medals."