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Nov. 1, 1997

Swimmers Cruise to Victory Over Miami (Ohio)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- The men's and women's swim teams opened their respective home seasons with a victory against Miami (Ohio) Saturday afternoon behind some stellar performances from a variety of individuals.

The men defeated the Redhawks 145-98 in their first meet of the year. Junior All-American Vilmos Kovacs won the 200 Individual medley in a time of 1:52.37. Sophomore teammate Gerald Koh (1:53.83) finished second in the medley and first in the 200 backstroke. Koh, a member of the 1996 Singapore Olympic team which swam in the Atlanta games, also joined Kovacs, senior Mike Ullom and junior Dan Kleber to win the 400 medley relay which was seven seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Ullom also captured wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle and anchored the victorious 400 freestyle relay team which included Kovacs, junior Kirk Larsen and senior Frank Smardo. Freshmen Matt Martin looked extremely impressive after swimming to victories in both the 500 and 100 freestyle. "Matt Martin is steadily improving," coach Dan Ross said. "Our freshmen are getting better and our sophomores have improved immensely from where they were a year ago. The women improved to 2-1 in dual meets after beating the Redhawks 149-94. Senior Marisa Watts was the catalyst for the Boilermakers after winning the 1650 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Watts also won the 400 individual medley. "Marisa swam great again," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "Her mile was really impressive. That's the fastest mile she has ever swam, and its only October," she added. Sophomore Nikki Lively took the honors in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.62. She also swam in the victorious 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams. "Seeing Nikki swimming this well as a sophomore is just tremendous" Wright-Eger said.

Junior Erika Whyte won the 100 and 200 freestyle and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay team. Junior Katie Hasbrook won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:06.82 and joined Lively, freshmen Missy Bromley and junior Tracy Storrier in the successful 200 medley relay team. Senior Heather Murry teamed with Lively, Bromley and Whyte in the 400 freestyle relay team and finished second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. "Overall, the women did a great job concentrating on the win, it was just a great team effort."

In the diving competition, sophomore Brandon Gustafson finished second in the one-meter diving with 262.5 points. For the women, Kara Hajek finished third in the one-meter diving with 175.95 points. "We're exactly where we want to be right now," coach Jim Mountjoy said, "and judging by that, its going to be a good season."

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