May 15, 1997

Women's Swimming Signs Five Standouts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's women's swimming coach Cathy Wright-Eger announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to attend Purdue, beginning the fall of 1997.

The Boilermakers inked Erin Reiter, Brianna Reina, Gyongyver Lakos, Malaika Homo and Melissa Bromley.

"This is an outstanding class because it fills our needs at breastroke, sprint freestyle and backstroke," coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "These five swimmers to go along with the three we signed early in the fall will greatly improve our team. We are only graduating eight points from Big Ten's, so with the addition of eight new comers it will be exciting."

Reiter, who comes from a successful high school program, swims both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. She was the most-valuable-swimmer on her high school team while serving as the varsity captain. A sectional champion in the 100 breaststroke, Reiter also was astate qualifier. In addition, she was an honor roll student.

Reina was a state qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. She also will arive in West Lafayette with impressive credentials after serving as high school senior class president and receiving numerous academic awards.

"We graduated two of our three breastroke swimmers and are excited that Erin and Brianna will come and fill that huge void," Wright-Eger said. "They have both shown the desire and work ethic both in the pool and in the classroom which should allow them to fit right in with the academic tradition we have at Purdue."

Lakos is the prize recruit of the fivesome. A friend of four-time All-American Vilmos Kovacs on the Boilermakers men's team, Lakos has a wealth of international experience swimming the sprint freestyle and butterfly events. She won a championship at the Junior European Championships and finished 21st in the World Championships.

"Gyongyver is a great swimmer, I have seen her swim a lot in training and let me tell she can beat most of the guys," Kovacs said. "She is fast and will do well at Purdue. She is probably an All-American."

Homo swims both the 100 and 200 breaststoke events. She was her teams most-valuable-swimmer, a Junior Nationals qualifier and a high school All-American. Homo received the state's Mental Award, while excelling in the classroom as an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.

"Malaika is one of the better swimmers in Indiana and I'm extremely excited that we will now have a strong breaststroke core of swimmers.," Wright-Eger said. "She's a hard worker as evidenced by her swim times and academic achievment."

Bromley was the state's runner-up in the 100 and 100 backstroke. She has qualified for Junior Nationals three times and is a High School All-American.

"Melissa has qualified for Junior Nationals three times so she'll be ready for the level of competition in the Big Ten," Wright-Eger said. "She will help our backstroke events with the graduation of our school record holder Katie Lallande."

That concludes the Boilermakers' 1997 class which includes Sarah includes Sarah Dougall, Kara Hajek and Jennifer Alden all of whom signed in November.