Dec. 4, 1997

Kovacs Places Fourth at U.S. Open

INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Open swimming championships began today at the I.U.P.U.I natatorium in Indianapolis where some of the best swimmers in the nation are showcasing their talents, including five members of Purdue's men's and women's swim teams.

Junior standout Vilmos Kovacs entered the finals seeded first in the 100-meter breaststroke after finishing with a time of 1:03.73, a career best, in the preliminaries. In the finals, Kovacs posted a time of 1:04.19, good enough for fourth place overall.

"Willie is gaining experience swimming international-style competition," assistant coach Mike Keeler said. "He swam very well in this meet." Kovacs will swim again on Saturday in the 200 breaststroke.

Sophomore Gerald Koh finished 21st in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:11.62. Koh swims again in the 400 individual medley Friday.

Senior Marisa Watts posted a time of 4:29.94 in the 400-meter freestyle preliminaries while sophomore Nikki Lively posted a time of 28.10 in the 50 freestyle. Watts and freshman teammate Jen Alden will be in action Friday in the 400 individual medley and 100 backstroke, respectively.


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