April, 23 1997
Brown and Watts Named Most Valuable Swimmers at Banquet
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men and women's swimming and diving teams held their season-ending banquet and handed out awards at the Trails.
Junior Marisa Watts (San Jose, Calif.) was named women's most-valuable swimmer. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 500 and 1650 freestyle after finishing fifth in both events at the Big Ten Championships. Watts earned All-America honorable mention honors in the 1650 free by placing 12th in a school-record time of 16:28.73.
Senior Matt Brown (Fort Dodge, Iowa) was named the men's most-valuable swimmer for the third straight season. He won three Big Ten titles and collected two All-America honors in 1997. At the conference meet, Brown repeated as the 400 individual medley champion, while touching first in the 200 IM and swimming the butterfly leg on the 400 medley relay - the first-ever relay title in school history. At the NCAA Championships, Brown placed fourth in both the 200 and 400IM.
Several other Boilermakers tankers received awards: Kirk Larsen (Palatine, Ill.) and Tracy Storrier (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) were named Most Improved; Heath McLaughlin (Los Alamos, N.M.), Katie Lallande (Davis, Calif.) and Whitney Munson (Lafayette, Ind.) earned the Purdue Pride in Swimming Award; Munson and McLaughlin were named the Red Mackey nominees; Katie Hasbrook (Indianapolis) won the Chemistry Award and nominatin for the John Purdue Club's Durham Leadership Award; and Kathy Barker (St. John, Ind.) picked up the Whatever it Takes Award