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Boilers Men's Swimming Hang Tough With Minnesota

Kovacs sets two pool records as Minnesota edges out win

Jan. 31, 1998

MADISON, Wis.--The Purdue men's swim team battled 13th-ranked Minnesota before losing their first meet of the season, 194-154 at the Wisconsin Natatorium. The Boilermakers defeated Wisconsin in the double-dual meet, 249-107, to improve to 11-1 on the season. Leading the way again for the Boilermakers was junior Vilmos Kovacs, who finished first in both the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley. His times of 2:01.19 in the 200 breaststroke and 3:57.08 in the 400 individual medley also set pool records. Kovacs added two first-place finishes Friday night.

The 200 freestyle relay team of junior Kirk Larsen, freshman David Weis, and seniors Frank Smardo and Mike Ullom placed first with a time 1:22.42 to start off the Saturday competition. Larsen grabbed first in the 100 freestyle (45.75). Senior Ross Croasdell placed first in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 4:34.43. Ullom added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (45.96).

Junior Dan Schunk placed fourth in the 3-meter diving and fifth in the 1-meter events to help the Boilermakers. Sophomore Brandon Gustafson got injured Friday and did not compete in the 3-meter event, but rebounded Saturday to place sixth in the 1-meter. "Brandon showed what going the extra mile for the team is all about," diving coach Jim Mountjoy said. The Boilers will return to action Saturday, February 7 against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind in their last meet before the Big Ten Championships, February 26-28, in Minneapolis, Minn..