Oct. 26, 1996

Women's Swimming And Diving Impressive at Colorado State Invitational, Finish Runner-up out of 14 Teams

FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- Fast times. Win as many events as possible and break meet records. Those were the goals of coach Cathy Wright-Eger prior to the Purdue women's swim team's appearance at the Colorado State Invitational at EPIC Pool.

The Boilermakers won 11 events and placed second in six others, broke two meet records and gave the Rocky Mountain locals a taste of Big Ten swimming and diving.

The host Rams won the overall title with 1,148.5 points, followed by Purdue (1,038), Air Force (843.5) and Wyoming (554).

"I knew it was going to be tough to defeat Colorado State because they had seven or eight swimmers in each event, and we had only three or four," Wright-Eger said. "We won or finished second in virtually every event. But when you are scoring 16 individuals per event, their depth of having a roster of 40, as opposed to our 23 swimmers was to much to overcome."

The Boilers' 200 free relay team of freshman Nikki Lively, junior Heather Murry and sophomores Angie Schwada and Erika Whyte touched first in 1:37.21. Junior Marisa Watts accomplished another Boilermaker goal by breaking the meet record in the 500 free touching in 5:02.62 as Purdue placed three swimmers in the top five-- seniors Kirstin Wilson (5:07.52) and Becky Ritz placed third and fifth respectively.

Watts also won the 200 individual medley in 2:10.03 and Murry won the 50 free in 24.39. Senior diver Stacey Wallace concluded day 1 by winning the 3-meter springboard title with 413.75 points.

In the final two sessions, Watts and Ritz started things off with two Boilermaker titles. Watts touched first in the 400 IM with a 4:36.08 to collect her third title. Ritz blitzed the field in the 200 free, touching in a quick 1:56.13. She also anchored the Boilermaker 400 and 800 free relay team's that placed second in times of 3:36.65 and 7:49.34, respectively.

"It felt goo to go out and swim a good race and win the 200," Ritz said. "All I needed was five more yards in the 800 free relay to catch the Colorado State swimmer. I reached for the wall at the end but came up a couple tenths of a second short."

Sophomore Tracey Storrier also won an event and had two seconds. The Winnipeg, Canada native won the 100 breast in 1:07.42, while finishing second in the 200 breast (2:26.63). Also, she teamed with senior Katie Lallande, Whyte and Lively for runner-up in the 200 medley relay in 1:49.88.

Wilson broke the meet record en route to winning the 1650 free in 17:17.80, while Watts was third at 17:27.72. Lallande touched first in the 200 backstroke in 2:08.20, while also placing third in the 100-yard event.

Wallace followed her victory in 3-meter by capturing the 1-meter competition. She totaled 355.40 to out-point Lindsay Baggs (311) of Colorado State.