Dec 6, 1997

Kovacs Places Third at U.S. Open/Watts Advances to Finals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--The U.S. Open swimming championships concluded today with Purdue junior standout Vilmos Kovacs placing third in the 200 breaststroke.

Kovacs began the day by placing sixth in the preliminaries with a time of 2:21.37. He followed with a time of 2:17.99 in the finals, close to his career best, which was good enough to finish third.

"This experience should lead to great things for Willie," assistant coach Mike Keeler said. "I am very pleased with his performance."

Kovacs placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke Thursday.

In other action, Marisa Watts placed 24th in the finals of the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 9:01.05. She also placed 35th in the women's 400 individual medley Friday with a time 5:07.22.

Teammate Gerald Koh competed in the 200 and 400-meter individual medley Thursday and Friday. He advanced to the finals in both events, finishing 21st in the 200 IM and 24th in the 400 IM. Meanwhile, Nikki Lively posted a time of 28.10 in the 50 freestyle and Jen Alden finished the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:09.17.


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