Jan. 3, 1998

Swim Teams Take First at Miami/IBIS Invitational

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The men's and women's swim teams both grabbed first place at their respective meets in Miami, Fla. Saturday afternoon. The men, ranked 21st in the nation, won the IBIS Invitational and defeated a top 20 team for the second time this year.

The Boilermakers finished with 163 points, ahead of 13th-ranked Miami (Fla.), which finished with 157 points. Broward Community College and Rutgers also participated, finishing with 73 and 45, respectively.

In the 400 medley relay, sophomore Gerald Koh, junior Vilmos Kovacs, junior Dan Kleber and junior Mark Kujawski grabbed first with a time of 327:02. The 400 freestyle relay team of junior Kirk Larsen, seniors Frank Smardo, Ross Croasdell and Mike Ullom also finished first with a time of 3:06.23.

Other firsts included Larsen in the 200 individual medley (1:53.81), freshman Matt Martin in the 1000 freestyle (9:31.67), sophomore Kevin Cornehl in the 200 backstroke (1:58.04) and Kovacs in the 200 breastsroke (2:08.56). "To beat a team like Miami in their home pool is great," head coach Dan Ross said.

The win over Miami was his team's second against a top 20 team this year. "Our divers also hung in well against a Miami squad which is perhaps the best in the country." Ross continued. Sophomore Brandon Gustafson and junior Dan Schunk competed well which helped to offset Miami's strength. The Boilermakers will face 16th-ranked Nebraska next weekend.

The women also won their meet against Miami, Broward Community College and Rutgers as they improved to 8-1 in invitationals this year. Leading the way was junior Erika Whyte who had first place finishes in the 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay and 50 freestyle. Sophomore Nikki Lively also swam on the victorious relay teams and won the 100 freestyle.

Gyongyver Lakos in her first official meet as a Boilermaker touched first in the 200 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. Freshman Missy Bromley had a lifetime best in the 200 backstroke, and also swam with the 400 medley relay team.

The Boilermakers won nine of the 13 events. "The training trip is going well, they are all training extremely well," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. 25th-ranked Miami is the second ranked school the Boiler women have defeated this year.

They also beat Arizona State in the second Sun Devil Classic last month. The women will resume action Saturday January 17 against Michigan State in West Lafayette.


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