Feb. 26, 1998
MINNEAPOLIS - The 200 freestyle team of Frank Smardo, David Weis, Kirk Larsen and Mike Ullom touched 2nd in a Purdue record time of 1:19.50 on the first day of competition at the Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Boilermakers were seeded third heading into the event.
At the completion of the day one, the Boilermakers stood in seventh place with 93.5 points. Minnesota is in first with 208 points, followed by Michigan (192), Ohio State (144), Penn State (143.5), Indiana (121) and Wisconsin (100). Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan State trailed Purdue, respectively.
Junior Vilmos Kovacs placed fourth in the finals of the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:48.94.
Smardo, the defending Big Ten Champion in the 50 freestyle, finished seventh in the finals this year with a time of 20.39. His time of 20.12 in the prelims was a season best. Weis placed 12th in the 50 (20.43) and Larsen finished tied for 15th (20.55). In the consolation finals of the 500 freestyle, senior Ross Croasdell placed 14th (4:29.50) and freshman Matt Martin finished 16th (4:31.29).
Croasdell's time of 4:27.38 in the prelims is also a new Purdue record. The 400 medley relay team, last year's Big Ten Champions, finished 8th with a time of 3:18.96.
Sophomore diver Brandon Gustafson finished 20th off the 1-meter board while junior Dan Schunk finished 32nd.
Day Two begins tomorrow with the prelims at 1 p.m. The finals begin at 8 p.m.