Nov. 23, 1997
Men's Swim Team Defeats 18th Ranked Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Purdue Boilermakers men's swim team concluded their eastern road trip Sunday afternoon with a stunning victory over 18th ranked Harvard.
The 19th ranked Boilermakers held a slim 141-140 advantage over the Crimson heading into the final event, the 200 freestyle relay. Purdue's relay team of senior Frank Smardo, junior Kirk Larsen, freshman David Weis and senior Mike Ullom captured first place with a time of 1:21.73 and helped propel their team to a 152-146 victory. "This is one of the biggest wins I have ever been involved with," head coach Dan Ross said. Ullom's time of 19.8 on the final leg of the relay secured the win as the Boilermakers improved to 4-0 on the season. "This was a true team win," Ross continued. "It's one of those situations you really relish because everyone contributed."
Junior All-American Vilmos Kovacs had another excellent performance as he finished first in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and joined freshman John Wakefield, Smardo and Ullom on the 200 medley relay team which finished first with a time of 1:32.52. Smardo, the 1997 Big Ten champion in the 50 freestyle, led Purdue to a sweep in that event as he posted a time of 20.90 while Ullom grabbed second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Sophomore Gerald Koh won the 100 backstroke (51.78), finished second in the 200 backstroke and joined Weis, senior Larry Becker and freshman Matt Garrison on Purdue's other medley relay team which finished second with a time of 1:33.14. Weis also took honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.54 while Becker finished second in the 100 breaststroke. Garrison also finished second in the 100 butterfly. In the 200 butterfly, junior Dan Kleber touched first with a time of 1:51.08. Sophomore Brandon Gustafson and junior Dan Schunk also helped their team by scoring in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Gustafson finished less than two points out of first in the 1-meter event and finished second in both events while Schunk grabbed third in both events.
As a team, the Boilermakers return to action January 3 at the Miami Coral Clash in Coral Gables, Fla.