Nov. 10, 2001
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's swimming and diving team gathered its first two wins of the Big Ten season today in a double-dual meet against Ohio State and Iowa. The Boilermakers defeated the Buckeyes 222-75 and the Hawkeyes159.5-139.5. Purdue improves to 3-1 (2-0 Big Ten), while the Hawkeyes fall to 1-2 (1-2 Big Ten) with their defeat of the Hawkeyes and the Buckeyes fall to 0-5 (0-2 Big Ten).
"I thought that we swam much better during the second half of the meet," said Purdue head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "We let both teams get a little too close in the beginning and then we really had to work hard to get that comfortable cushion back.
"Both Lisa Dolansky and Kim Paradeise had incredible days for us, with Lisa's four first places and Kim's 100 free and last leg of the 400 free relay. Our four swimming seniors really came out today, as well. Karin (Stender) is swimming as fast as she ever has and Ronica (Rogalski) is on fire! She is faster than ever and is unshaved. Kelly (Mackus) really surprises me sometimes and I'm impressed that she's still learning and applying what she's learning to her swimming - she loves it that much. Katie (Mullarkey) is having her best-ever season, despite the hardships she's facing lately and I'm really proud of her.
Kara (Hajek-Gustafson) has been out of this world this year as our top diver. As far as I can remember, we've never been an Ohio State diver since I've been here - and that's 15 years. I'm just very excited for her and our whole diving program because they are getting much more confident every day."
In the 200 medley relay, the Boilermakers took the top spot with a time of 1:45.32 from the team of juniors Lisa Dolansky, Lindsay Lange, Patricia Finnerty and Kim Paradeise.
In the 1,000 free, senior Kelly Mackus
was the Boilermakers' top finisher with a time of 10:23.99.
Freshman Christine Leupold finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.42, as junior Jenni Bean finished fifth with a time of 1:55.39.
In the 100 back, Dolansky defended her pool record and came in first with a time of 56.40. Freshmen Brandy Keever and Brenda Banning recorded third- and seventh-place finishes with times of 59.20 and 1:01.36, respectively.
Lange gathered her second first of the day in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.51 with sophomore Lindsay Kirchoff in third and senior Ronica Rogalski in fourth.
Finnerty finished second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.69, while senior Karin Stender and sophomore Autumn Sample were right behind her in third and fourth places. Stender recorded a time of 2:06.16, while Sample finished in 2:07.22 in the exhibition swim.
In the 50 free, Paradeise was Purdue's top finisher in the fifth spot in 24.48. Freshmen Tracy Duchac and Katie Seleskie finished close behind in 24.49 and 25.10.
Paradeise finished first in the100 free at 52.11 however, to lead Purdue as Leupold came in fifth at 53.37.
Dolansky gathered her third first-place finish of the day in the200 back with a time of 2:03.25. Junior Shannon Funk came in next for Purdue in the fourth spot in 2:08.01 and Keever was fifth in 2:09.58.
In the 200 breaststroke, Kirchoff was the Boilermakers' top finisher in 2:22.21 for second place with Rogalski (2:23.99) and Lange (2:25.93) in third and fourth.
Leupold finished second in the 500 free with a time of 5:03.31 for second place, as Mackus was behind her in fourth place with a time of 5:06.63.
Finnerty finished first in the 100 fly in 57.38 with Stender in third in 57.89 and Sample in fourth in 58.71.
Purdue was strong in the 200 individual medley with all four Boilermakers finishing in the top six. Bean was second with a time of 2:10.00, Sample was third in 2:10.14, Funk was fifth in 2:10.80 and Stender was sixth in 2:10.90.
The 400 free relay team of Dolansky, Bean, Leupold and Paradeise made the final event a true race, as Paradeise came from behind to beat Iowa's Allison Lyle in the final leg for the first-place finish.
The Boilermakers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 16, when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to take part in the Northwestern Invitational. The meet is co-ed and includes women's teams from Kentucky, Northwestern and Purdue.