Feb. 27, 1997

Purdue in Fourth After Day One

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue men's swimming team sits in fourth place with 139 points after Thursday's action at the Big Ten Conference 1997 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

The University of Minnesota is in first place with 200 points followed by Michigan (178), and Indiana (140).

Purdue's Matt Brown too first place in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 46.70 seconds.

"It means more for me to win this event because the IM is more competitive top to bottom this year, plus I got a personal best by a couple seconds.

"Our team is excited, we've had a great year, and we're on a roll, and I'm glad that I can come through at times like this and put some points on the board for us. It just keeps everything going."

Another winner for the Boilermakers was Frank Smardo, who won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.08 seconds.

"It feels good to keep up with Michigan and Minnesota. I've been here three years and this is the highest I've ever seen us on the scoreboard.

"The environment really pumps you up like nothing else. it gets your adrenaline flowing in the 50 that you just don't feel in the longer races.

"It's like a hummingbird-type thing, it's just so fast. You're in and then you're done in an instant. It's really hard to remember what goes on."

The meet continues Friday.