Nov. 16, 2001
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Purdue women's swimming and diving team leads after Day One at the Northwestern Invitational with 365 points. Others behind are Northwestern with 316 points, Southern Illinois with 113 points and Louisville with 83 points.
"Today we came out with a great start to this part of the season," said Purdue head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "We're really swimming fast for this early in the year and we're really excited with the results we've had today. We just look to continue that tomorrow and Sunday."
In the first event of the evening, the Boilermakers swept first through fifth places of the 50 free with junior Lisa Dolansky winning with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 23.44. Juniors Lindsay Lange and Kim Paradeise finished in second and third with times of 23.74 and 23.81. Freshmen Tracy Duchac and Katie Seleskie finished in fourth and fifth with times of 23.87 and 24.09.
In the 500 free, freshman Christine Leupold tallied a second-place finish with a time of 4:57.52 and junior Kelly Mackus finished third in 4:57.69. Paradeise grabbed the third Boilermaker spot in sixth place with a time of 5:03.02.
The 200 IM was a scoring frenzy for the Purdue, as they finished seven individuals in the top 16 scorers. Junior Jenni Bean placed first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:04.22 as sophomore Autumn Sample finished third in 2:06.66 and junior Patricia Finnerty finished fourth with a time of 2:06.75. Leupold, junior Karin Stender, junior Shannon Funk, sophomore Lindsay Kirchoff and junior Karina Bolanos were also top 16 finishers.
On the 3-meter boards, senior Kara Hajek-Gustafson finished first with a season-best score of 441.90 and junior Molly MacFarlane finished second with a score of 439.60. Junior Heather Bachman finished fourth with a score of 409.05 and sophomore Carrie Dougherty finished fifth with a score of 390.10.
In the 200 free relay, team members Dolansky, Duchac, Seleskie and Paradeise finished in 1:34.45 for first place. Team members Bean, senior Ronica Rogalski, senior Katie Mullarkey and Lange finished third with a time of 1:36.23.
In the women's final event of the night, Dolansky earned her first NCAA 'A' cut for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with a Purdue varsity record as the lead-off leg in the first-place 400 medley relay. With a time of 54.76, Dolansky broke her own record in the 100 back. The relay team also recorded it's NCAA 'B' cut time with a time of 3:43.91 with team members Dolansky, Lange, Finnerty and Paradeise.
The Boilermakers will return to the water on Saturday, when they compete in Day Two the Northwestern Invitational.