Women's Swimmer is Honored

Watts earns honorable mention All-America Honors on final day of competition.

March 21, 1998

On the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships, Purdue standout Marisa Watts collected her second consecutive honorable mention All-America honor after setting a new varsity record in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:26.31. The time placed her tenth overall, her highest finish ever at the NCAA meet. Watts finished off a brilliant career by setting three Purdue records at the three-day meet. Her split of 9:53.49 in the 1000 and her performance Thursday in the 500 free also set school records. "This is a great way to end my career," said the senior. "I am very fortunate to come and do well at this kind of meet."

Watts performance today put Purdue in 30th place overall, with two events remaining. If the Boilermakers remain in 30th through the final two events, it will be the team's best finish since 1994. A year ago, Watts led the Boilers to a 36th place finish at the NCAA meet. "I am glad that we got more points this year," added Watts. "It's great to represent Purdue in this fashion."