Jan. 17, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 17 Purdue women's swimming and diving team will return to action this weekend at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m., when it hosts the No. 14 Indiana Hoosiers. The point for the Titan Series, sponsored by Keebler, is on the line, as the Hoosiers hold the year-long series advantage over the Boilermakers, 3.5 - 2.5.
Purdue comes off the fall half of its season with a perfect record of 6-0-1 overall and 2-0 Big Ten. This weekend's meet is the final home dual meet of the year for the Old Gold and Black before the Big Ten Championships, also to be held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
"We have so much respect for Indiana's swimming and diving program," said Purdue head swimming coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "Since they built their new pool, they have continued to move up in the Big Ten and NCAA every year. Last year, finishing as a Top 10 team at NCAA's was outstanding. Indiana always brings out the best in our team and that is what competition is all about. We feel like we continue to get closer and closer to them with the team's talent, so we are really looking forward to racing and diving against them on Saturday. We are also anxious to see where we stand after our Hawaiian training camp."
The Boilermakers traveled to Hawaii for the annual winter training trip, where they participated in two days of competition at the University of Hawaii's Rainbow Invitational. The first day of competition was the Duke Kahanamoku Sprint Meet on Friday, Jan. 3, and the Aileen Soule Classic followed as the second day's competition on Saturday, Jan. 4.
In the pool, the Boilermakers will continue to count on the most decorated senior class in program history with Lisa Dolansky, Lindsay Lange, Kim Paradeise and Patricia Finnerty leading the way in the backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly, respectively. Leading the way on the diving boards will be seniors Heather Bachman and Carrie Dougherty, while Shannon Funk and Karina Bolanos add depth to the relays and the breaststroke events.
The Hoosiers enter the weekend with a record of 5-0, 2-0 Big Ten. Most recently, Indiana defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in a coed dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 11, 150.5 - 84.5. Following the Boilermakers, the Hoosiers will compete against Michigan State, Penn State and Kentucky before they return to the Boilermaker Aquatic Center for the 2003 Big Ten Championships.
Prior to Saturday's competition, the Boilermakers will celebrate Senior Day at the Aquatic Center. Beginning promptly at 1 p.m., the 2003 senior class and their parents will be recognized on deck with coaches Wright-Eger, Renie and Chen.
"This meet marks the last home dual meet our highly talented senior class will compete in. These eight women have led Purdue swimming and diving to a new level and have big goals for the championship season at Big Ten's and NCAA's," added Wright-Eger.
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