Feb. 27, 1998
MINNEAPOLIS, - Senior Ross Croasdell set a new Purdue record and finished second in the finals of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.52, narrowly eclipsing his time of 1:37.56 in the prelims. His finish is the highest individual finish thus far for the Boilermakers. Sophomore Kevin Cornehl placed 10th in the 200 free with a personal-best time of 1:39.06.
Junior All-American Vilmos Kovacs, last year's winner in the 100 breaststroke, placed sixth in the finals this year with a time of 55.41. Senior Jason Ozias also scored in the 100 breast, finishing 13th in a time of 56.35.
Freshman Matt Garrison provided a pleasant surprise for the Boilermakers, posting a 9th place finish in the 100 butterfly with a lifetime-best and Purdue season-best time of 49.22. Also scoring in the 100 fly consolation finals were junior Dan Kleber and senior Frank Smardo, who placed 11th and 13th, respectively.
As a team, Purdue moved into sixth place with 204.5 points. Minnesota sits atop the standings with 483 points, followed by Michigan (443), Penn State (307.5), Ohio State (293) and Indiana (260).
The 800 freestyle relay team of junior Kirk Larsen, Cornehl, Kovacs and Croasdell placed sixth with a time of 6:36.24 while the 200 medley relay team of freshman John Wakefield, Kovacs, Smardo and freshman David Weis touched 7th with a time of 1:30.59.
Sophomore diver Brandon Gustafson scored for the Boilermakers, placing 16th off the 3-meter board after accumulating a personal high 409.40 points. Junior Dan Schunk finished in 30th with 327.55 points. Saturday marks the final day of competition. Prelims start at 1 p.m. and the finals begin at 8 p.m.