Nov. 2, 1996
Men Defeat Miami (Ohio) 141-102
OXFORD, Ohio - The men's swimming team thoroughly defeated Miami (Ohio) 141-102, Saturday at Nixon Aquatic Center in Oxford, Ohio. The Boilermakers won seven of 11 swimming events en route to a very satisfying victory for coach Dan Ross and the Boilermakers.
``It always feels good to win your first real event and it's even better when its against a quality opponent which Miami definitely is,'' an ecstatic Ross said. ``We showed our depth and talent today and had some very solid performances for this time in the season.'' Senior tri-captain Matt Brown was the headline swimmer, winning three events. The 1996 honorable mention All-American, Brown, won the 200 IM in 1:51.65 as sophomore Vilmos Kovacs finished runner-up in 1:53.54. Brown also won the 100 backstroke in 1:51.59 and posted the quickest time in the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.14, followed by fellow Boilers Grandon Spence (2:08.34) and Jason Ozias (2:11.11).
The Boilers started strong winning and placing second in the 400 medley relay. The A team of senior Gene Sutherland, Kovacs, junior Frank Smardo and sophomore Mark Kujawski finished in 3:29.92 to out-distance Purdue's B relay team who touched in 3:32.99.
Sophomore Ryan Morrissey, freshman Gerald Koh and senior Frank Ambrose took the top three spots in the 1000 free in 9:45.99, 9:39.08 and 9:47.07, respectively. In the 50 free, Boiler sprinters Mike Ullom, a junior, won in 46.86 while freshman Kevin Cornehl touched second in 47.65.
In addition, the Boilers' 400 free relay team of Cornehl, sophomore Kirk Larsen, junior Ross Croasdell and Ullom coasted to victory in 3:09.13.