Mar. 28, 1997

Brown and Kovacs Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Swimming

The Purdue men's swim team continued its success at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Friday. The Boilermakers currently have 42 points.

A day after Matt Brown picked up All-America honors in the 200 individual medley, the Boilermakers claimed two more All-America honors as Brown and sophomore Vilmos Kovacs each set school records en route to reaching the NCAA finals.

Brown picked up his second honor of the meet after placing fourth in the 400 IM with a school record time of 4:47.54, including the race's fastest split in the breaststroke leg at 1:03.52.

The Fort Dodge, Iowa native, picked up 15 points to give him a total of 30 for the meet. He also touched fourth in the 200 IM on Thursday.

He entered the meet with the fifth-fastest 400 IM seed time at 3:48.18 and qualified third, touching first in his heat at 3:49.23.

Stanford junior Tom Wilkens, who was the fastest qualifier at 3:47.89, won the national title with a blistering time of 3:45.59.

Kovacs, who finished fourth in the 100 breast at NCAAs in 1996, qualified with a school record time of 54.34, including 25.23 seconds over the first 50 yards.

The Tatabanya, Hungary native, Kovacs entered with the No. 9 seeded time (54.47) and bettered that to a personal-best and the eighth-fastest qualifying mark.

"I wanted to get in the finals so I could get All-America honors," Kovacs said. "Once I got in the finals I just swam the best I could. I'm better in the longer distances than in the sprint events. I cant' wait for the 200 breast on Saturday."

In the finals, Kovacs improved to seventh place by finishing in a time of 54.71, good for 12 team points. Olympic silver medalist Jeremy Linn of Tennessee won the national title with a time of 52.88.

In addition, the Boilermaker 200 medley relay team of Gene Sutherland, Kovacs, Brown and Mike Ullom missed scoring by two places, finishing 18th in a time of 1:31.03.

The three-day meet concludes today as Kovacs, who is seeded second, goes after a national title in the 200 breaststroke.