Nov. 16, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 19 Purdue women's swimming and diving team handedly defeated both Georgia Tech and Cincinnati in a two-day double-dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, 2002. Saturday's final scores were Purdue 308 - 43 Cincinnati, Purdue 280 - 73 Georgia Tech, and Georgia Tech 240 - 107 Cincinnati. With the two wins, the Boilermakers improve to 6-0-1 and complete their fall season with a national ranking.
"This weekend, I think we were very successful," said Purdue head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "We did a four-day rest for this meet and it gave us a chance to see who responded well to the rest, who needs a little more next time, etceteras. But, we had a ton of season-best times and an A-cut, which was wonderful. Our relays were nice and fast and it really just showed us where we are. Our goal was to swim fast in this pool before Big Ten's and I'm pretty happy with the job that the women did."
Purdue started the weekend out with a bang, as the team tallied 34 season-best times or scores, one NCAA 'A'-cut time, four NCAA 'B'-cut times, a freshman record and a Holloway Pool record on Friday night.
In the 100 breaststroke, senior honorable mention All-American Lindsay Lange broke her own Holloway Pool record and recorded an NCAA 'A'-cut time with her season-best finish of 1:02.07, while freshman Erica Chandler broke the 200 freestyle freshman record and tallied an NCAA 'B'-cut time with her season-best at 1:50.14. She broke the freshman record previously held by current sophomore Christine Leupold last season at 1:50.95.
Also recording NCAA 'B'-cut times were senior Lisa Dolansky in the 100 backstroke, junior Autumn Sample with a lifetime-best in the 200 fly and junior Jenni Bean in the 200 individual medley.
Purdue ended the evening leading both Georgia Tech and Cincinnati with scores of 149-37 and 163-22, respectively. Georgia Tech led the Bearcats, 137-46.
On Saturday, Purdue began the day with more wins and more top times, as the Boilermakers won every single event. The Boilermakers began the meet with a finish of 1:34.71 in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Tracy Duchac, Katie Seleskie, Lange and Kim Paradeise.
They also finished the day with a win in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Dolansky, Bean, Duchac and Paradeise in 3:26.20.
Taking home first-place finishes for the Old Gold and Black individually were Carrie McCambridge on the 3-meter diving board with a score of 300.37, Bean in the 400 IM in 4:22.78, Paradeise in the 100 freestyle in 51.31, Dolansky in the 200 back with a time of 2:01.03 and Patricia Finnerty in the 100 butterfly in 57.28. Chandler was first in the 500 free with a time of 4:52.78 and Lange rounded out the individual finishers for Purdue in the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.18.
Tallying personal notable finishes on the weekend were also Yvonne Laaper with a lifetime-best in the 400 IM, Brandy Keever in the 100 backstroke, Bean in the 200 free and Shannon Funk in the 800 free relay leadoff.
The Boilermaker women completed their fall season on Saturday, however some individuals will return to the water at the U.S. Open on Dec. 6-8 at Minnesota. The regular season will continue for Purdue on Jan. 18, when the Old Gold and Black host their final home meet before the Big Ten Championships. The Boilermakers will take on Indiana in the Senior Meet at 1 p.m. at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
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