Jan. 3, 2001
The Purdue women's swimming team came through with a successful outing against four top programs in the Boca Raton Invitational held in Boca Raton, Fla.
"I am really proud of them," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "They've been working very hard, have swam in outdoor pools with temperatures down into the 20s and have become a close knit group after going through all this adversity. They are an incredible group of tough women."
The team was sparked by individual performances by Kara Hajek, Ginger Lakos and Lisa Dolansky. Hajek took first place in the 1 and 3 meter-board events, while Lakos took first in the 150 and 300-freestyle. Dolansky took a first place in the 150 backstroke.
Team scoring-wise, Purdue defeated all four teams at the Invitational. The Boilermakers picked up a 164-81 victory over Pennsylvania, a 171-61.5 victory over Florida Atlantic, a 139-109 victory over Virginia Tech and most impressively a 148-144 win over Nebraska.
The Boilermakers are currently ranked 25th in the nation, and will have their next meet on Saturday Jan. 13, when they travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on Michigan State.