January 10, 1998
Purdue Men Roll Past Nebraska
Grab Three Victories In Florida
BOCA RATON, Fla.--The Purdue men's swim team continued their season-long dominance Saturday afternoon with huge victories over 16th-ranked Nebraska, Villanova and host Florida Atlantic. The wins concluded the Florida trip which began last week with a win in the Miami/IBIS Invitational.
It was a true team effort for the 21st-ranked Boilers, who had 13 first-place finishes in the 16-event meet against Nebraska. Sophomore Gerald Koh, juniors Vilmos Kovacs and Dan Kleber, and senior Ross Croasdell each had two first-place finishes as Purdue rolled to a 187-111 victory. "We expected it to be closer than it was," head coach Dan Ross said. "This was another big win for us, and overall we had a very successful trip." The win over Nebraska was their third against a ranked opponent this season.
First place finishes included Koh in the 100 and 200 backstroke, Kovacs in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Kleber in the 100 and 200 butterfly and Croasdell in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Also finishing first were senior Mike Ullom in the 50 freestyle, junior Kirk Larsen in the 100 freestyle and freshman Matt Martin in the 1000 freestyle. The 200 medley relay team of freshman John Wakefield, Kovacs, senior Frank Smardo and Ullom placed first with a time of 1:33.58 while the 400 freestyle relay team of Croasdell, sophomore Kevin Cornehl, Larsen and Ullom finished first with a time of 3:05.43. Senior Jason Ozias and junior Ryan Morrissey finished second in the 100 breaststroke and 1000 freestyle, respectively while Koh, Larsen and Ullom also added second place finishes.
Purdue's diving combination of sophomore Brandon Gustafson and junior Dan Schunk also chipped in, accumulating points in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events.
The Boilermakers added big wins over Villanova, 245-41, and Florida Atlantic, 211-76, to improve their record to 7-0 in dual meets, and 3-0 in invitationals. Purdue will return to action next weekend as they entertain Penn State in their last home meet of the season.