Boilermakers Finish Sixth at Big Ten Championships



Feb. 23, 2002

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's swimming and diving team finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Michigan. The Boilermakers were elated with the sixth-place finish, the highest mark in six years.

"In the last five years, we have moved from 11th to 10th to ninth to seventh and now to sixth place," head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "I am so proud of this team. They came out and fought hard to the end. They set eight new varsity records and made 13 NCAA provisional qualifying marks and two automatic marks."

The Old Gold and Black finished the meet with 318.50 points. Penn State won the meet with 594.50 points. Indiana (561 points), Wisconsin (447), Northwestern (376.50) and Michigan (343) finished in third through fifth place. Iowa came in seventh place with 292 points. Minnesota (226), Michigan State (139.50) and Ohio State (116) rounded out the meet with respective ninth through 11th-place finishes.

The Boilermakers completed the final day of action with solid performances. Purdue swam an NCAA provisional time of 3:23.01 in the 400-yard freestyle medley. Junior Patricia Finnerty turned in a provisional time of 2:02.78 in the 200-yard butterfly, and classmate Lindsay Lange swam a seventh-place, provisional time of 2:16.23 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Sophomore Jenni Bean placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a provisional time of 51.07. Junior Kim Paradeise finished eighth in the event with a time of 51.85. Classmate Lisa Dolansky finished the 200-yard backstroke in a provisional time of 2:00.80.