Purdue Women Will Swim against Ranked Opponents
Swimmers head to Madison this weekend.
Jan. 28, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue's women's swimming and diving team is traveling to Madison, Wis. this weekend to face 10th-ranked Minnesota, 17th-ranked Wisconsin and 22nd-ranked Illinois in a triple-dual meet.
Purdue is 4-4 in dual meets on the season and has swam well since the winter training trip. Despite losing to Northwestern 175-123, the Boilermakers posted 27 season-best times and six lifetime bests. "We are getting faster each week," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. After starting out 2-3, the Boilers have gone 2-1 in duals and 8-1 in invitationals. More importantly, their times have continued to improve. "We've really worked hard to get better each week," Wright-Eger added. Top times in eight events have come since the training trip, including five last weekend.
Junior Tracy Storrier accounted for two of the new season-best times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Senior Marisa Watts owns the third-best Big Ten time in the 1000 freestyle (10:03.19) and the sixth best in the 1650 freestyle (16:53.36). The impact that freshman Gyongyver Lakos is making is also a reason for Purdue's recent success. Lakos has finished first on four different occasions in the last two meets and owns the Boilers top time in the 200 freestyle.
With three ranked opponents coming up, Purdue must continue to improve. "When we swim against strong competition, it brings out the best in us," Wright-Eger added. "This week we are aiming for 30 new season bests." The women begin action at 6:00 p.m. Friday and continue Saturday at noon.