1997-98 Review

Among the many accomplishments the men's team achieved this year was a 124.5-118.5 victory against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The win marked the first time the men's team won at Indiana since 1955.

The Boilermakers had big wins against Harvard, Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska in the first half of the season. At Harvard, Purdue held a 141-140 advantage going into the final event of the season, the 200 freestyle relay. Smardo, Larsen, Weis and Ullom captured first-place in a time of 1:21.73 to secure a 152-146 victory over the 18th- ranked Crimson.

Purdue encountered 13th-ranked Miami on its winter training trip to Florida. The 400 freestyle and medley relay teams grabbed first place in their respective events to spark the Boilermakers. Martin, Cornehl, Larsen and Kovacs also added first-place finishes as Purdue won the four-team invitational with 163 points.

In their final meet in Florida, the Boilermakers defeated 16th-ranked Nebraska 187-111. Gerald Koh, Croasdell, Kleber and Kovacs each chipped in two first-place finishes in the victory. Jan. 17 marked the final home meet of the season. With seniors Larry Becker, Ross Croasdell, Jason Ozias, Frank Smardo and Mike Ullom swimming for the final time at Lambert Pool, Purdue edged out Penn State 129-114. The 400 freestyle relay team of Croasdell, Cornehl, Larsen and Ullom set a pool record time of 3:03.09 in the final event of the meet to ice the win.


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