Oct. 22, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers women's swimming and diving team cruised to a team title at the 2005 Indiana Intercollegiates, distancing itself from the field by over 250 points.
Purdue was victorious in each of the 12 events, and produced three individuals that scored 40 points and 20 others that scored more than 20 individual points.
"I was very impressed with the way we came out and competed today," said head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "The team trained very hard this week and it showed as they performed with very competitive spirit.
"The ladies just refused to give in to the competition," said Wright-Eger. "They just did all the little things correctly, and this gave the team a glimpse of what is to come."
The Boilermakers won the team title with a score of 843, followed by Ball State's second-place showing at 590. Indianapolis finished third at 252 and IUPUI scored 113 for a fourth-place finish. Rounding out the team scoring were Rose-Hulman with 70 points and Vincennes with 60.
Carrie McCambridge claimed victory in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving finals. The all-American took the 1-meter event with 288.65 points, while teammate Amanda Miller was second with just under 274. In the 3-meter, McCambridge scored 299.30 points, again finishing just ahead of Miller, who was second with 284.50.
Chandler won the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.20, following up her win in the 200 IM, in which she posted a 2:05.07. Chandler also swam the second leg of Purdue's winning 200 freestyle relay team. The relay team swam recorded a time of 1:35.92 bhind Chandler's event-best leg of 23.61.
"Erica is swimming fast and with a great deal of confidence," said Wright-Eger. "Seeing the way she is swimming is electrifying for the team. And with Carrie [McCambridge] winning her events, they showed why they are the captains and what we can expect for the year."
Willis opened her afternoon with a 24.13 in the 50 freestyle to claim the champion's 20 points in that event, and followed that performance with a winning effort in 100 free. Winning her second race of the day, Willis swam a 53.05. She also joined Chandler as the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay squad.
Other Boilermakers to claim individual wins in the Indiana Intercollegiates were Yvonne Laaper (200 free), Carlene Takaki (100 fly), Jenae Gill (100 back) and Staci Lesneski (500 free). The Purdue team of Gill, Jennifer Lavers, Takaki and Jennifer Merte claimed first in the 200 medley relay.
Next up for the Boilermakers in a meet with in-state rival Notre Dame on Oct. 29 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.