Women's Swimming Ready for Big Ten Championships
Watts, Whyte and co. focused on team goals.
The women's swim team will be in action at the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Ind. starting Thurs., Feb. 19 and continuing through Sat., Feb. 21. Purdue carries a 4-7 dual meet record and 8-1 invitational record into the meet that features five ranked teams. "Our record is 0-0 going into this meet," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "This is a whole new season for us."
Leading the way for Purdue are senior Marisa Watts, juniors Erika Whyte and Tracy Storrier, and freshman Gyongyver Lakos. Watts owns five Purdue top times in the distance freestyle and individual medley events and holds the Big Ten's fourth best time in the 1000 freestyle (10:03.19). She also posted the seventh-best time in the Big Ten in the 1650 freestyle (16:53.36).
Whyte has Purdue's top time in the 50 freestyle (24.04) and swims on the 200 medley relay team with freshman Missy Bromley, Storrier and sophomore Nikki Lively that posted a season-best time of 1:47.38. Whyte has also swam with Purdue's fastest 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. Storrier leads the team with times of 1:05.73 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:22.31 in the 200 breaststroke and has swam with the 200 medley and 400 medley relay teams which have posted season-best times.
Freshman Gyongyver Lakos joined the team second semester and has produced four first-place finishes. She holds the teams fastest time in the 200 freestyle (1:52.21), and the second fastest time in the 100 freestyle (52.43). Lively (free), Bromley (back), seniors Michele Labrie and Heather Murry (both free), and junior Katie Hasbrook (fly) should also contribute both individually and on the various relay teams. "We are going down there focusing on how hard we have worked and how we want to improve," Wright-Eger added. "Our best meets were against good teams like Northwestern and Arizona State. We focused on ourselves, not on each point in the meet," she continued. "If we do that this weekend, we'll be in good shape."
Freshman diver Kara Hajek has a good chance of placing well at Big Ten's off both the 1-meter and the 3-meter boards. This year Hajek set a school record with 409.59 points against Penn State. "Our divers have gained respect around the conference and should continue to at the Big Ten Championships," diving coach Jim Mountjoy said. Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin head the strong group of teams in the conference. These teams should occupy the top four spots come Saturday night. The other seven teams will be in a dogfight for the fifth, sixth and seventh spots. Prelims will start at 11:00 a.m., Thurs -Sat., with finals following at 7:00 p.m.