Women's Swimmers Drop to Northwestern, Beat Michigan State

Six lifetime bests set

January 24, 1998

EVANSTON, Ill.--The Purdue men's swim team improved to 10-0 in dual meets on the year after accumulating 368.50 points Saturday afternoon against Northwestern and Michigan State. Leading the way for the Boilermakers were juniors Dan Kleber and Vilmos Kovacs who had two first-place finishes apiece. Kleber finished first in the 200 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:49.42, four seconds ahead of sophomore Gerald Koh, who grabbed second place (1:53.98). Kleber also placed first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.68. "Dan (Kleber) had some great swims," head coach Dan Ross said. Kovacs touched first in both the 100 breaststroke (56.49) and the 200 individual medley (1:49.46) as the Boilers defeated Michigan State, 195-104, and Northwestern, 173.5-123.5. "The whole day was really exciting, it was a very competitive atmosphere," Ross added. Purdue's 200 freestyle relay team also finished first with a time of 1:22.25.

Junior Kirk Larsen set a pool record 1:39.62 in the 200 freestyle and added second-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Freshman David Weis also sparked Purdue by grabbing first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.89. Freshman Matt Martin added a second-place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a season-best time of 9:25.19. Kleber chipped in a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Sophomore diver Brandon Gustafson finished second in the 10-meter diving competition with 239.65 points.

The women also swam well against a tough Northwestern team, ranked 15th by the CSCA, but lost 175-123. The Boilermakers did knock off Michigan State, 159-140. Freshman Missy Bromey placed first in the 200 backstroke after posting a season-best time of 2:07.45. Junior Erika Whyte finished first in the 100 butterfly (58.43) and freshman Gyongyver Lakos added a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle. "We had 27 season-bests," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "I was really excited about that, we are getting faster the closer we get to the Big Ten Championships." The Boilers had six lifetime bests overall.

Freshman Kara Hajek placed third in the 1-meter diving competition with 233.60 points. Marisa Watts had two second place finishes, one each in the 500 and 1000 freestyle. Sophomore Kristen Batzer had a third-place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 10:29. Junior Tracy Storrier finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:22.31 and fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:12.17).

Both teams will travel to Madison, Wis. next weekend to swim against Minnesota and Wisconsin.