Nov. 16, 1996

Purdue Women Post 32 Season-best Times in Penn State Loss

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Coach Cathy Wright-Eger knew that it was going to be a tall order defeat to upset the No. 24 ranked Penn State women's swim team in State College, Pa., Saturday. And it wasn't meant to be as the No. 27 Boilermakers fell to the Nittany Lions 195-104, while defeating St. Bonaventure 178-121 to gain a split. The Boilers are 4-1 in duals.

''We were just flat emotionally and physically,'' Wright-Eger said. ''Penn State swam a lot better than they had during their meets earlier this season. We will definitely learn from this and improve in our next meet. It was nice to come away with a win over St. Bonaventure, but Penn State was a Big Ten team and we wanted to swim better than what we showed today.''

Overall, the Boilermakers posted 32 season best times, but it wasn't enough.

Junior Marisa Watts had a spectacular afternoon en route to winning three events all in season best times. Watts touched first in the 1000 free in 10:06.03, while senior teammate Kirstin Wilson touched third in 10:15.45. Watts also won the 500 free 4:55.05, bettering her pervious season best of 4:59.27. In addition, she captured the 200 individual medley in 2:07.90.

Sophomore Erika Whyte was the other Boilermaker to post a victory. She touched first in the 50 free in a season best time of 24.22.

The Boilermakers also turned in five second place finishes. The 200 medley relay team of senior Katie Lallande, sophomores Tracy Storrier and Erika Whyte and junior Heather Murry finished runner-up in a season best 1:47.88. Storrier was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.56 and junior Kate Leinberger finished the 200 butterfly in 2:10.16, good for second. In the 100 fly, junior Michele Labrie garnered a second place finish with a season best swim of 1:00.15.

The 400 free relay team of freshman Nikki Lively, sophomore Angie Schwada, senior Becky Ritz and Whyte touched second in 3:32.20, over four seconds faster than their previous best time.