Feb. 15, 2001
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Purdue women's swim team will compete in the biggest meet of the season this weekend at the Big Ten Women's Swimming Championships, hosted by Indiana. The Boilermakers finished their regular season at 11-4 (4-4 Big Ten).
"We're looking at this meet as an extension of the season," said Purdue head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "We are just going to continue doing what we've been doing because we want this to be a routine pre-race strategy. We'll utilize the competition to make us better in the long run and we're going to stick with our theme of momentum. Our goal is to finish higher in the Big Ten than we did last year, and I think that the women really have a good chance at accomplishing that goal. Our relays are going to be our key to success and possibly a berth to the NCAA's."
With those relays that will make a difference, come several participants. The first member of the Boilermaker squad who will be a major player in the weekend's events is senior Olympian Gyongyver Lakos. Wright-Eger looks to Lakos to contribute in a very large proportion, as she will swim the 100 and 200 freestyle and five different relays.
Currently, Lakos is on top of the Old Gold and Black's leader board with times of 50.27 in the 100 and 1:48.07 in the 200. Both times were new varsity record times for Lakos this season, along with varsity records in the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay.
Sophomore backstroker Lisa Dolansky is another key to Purdue's success, as she will also participate in seven events. Dolansky will swim with Lakos on all five relays, along with participating in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Dolansky also set a Purdue varsity record in the 100 backstroke and is the lead off leg for both record-breaking relay teams.
Lindsay Lange, a sophomore breaststroker, is not to be taken lightly, as Purdue will continue its attack. Lange will swim the 100 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 medley relays with Lakos and Dolansky. Lange also sits at the top of the Purdue top times list in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.28 and is the third member of the record holding 200 medley relay team.
Veteran Missy Bromley will also be looked to lead the team to several victorious finishes. Bromley, a senior sprint freestyler, will play a key role in the 50 freestyle and four of the relays. Bromley holds the top 50 free time at 23.65 and is another member of the record holding 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
A second punch to the Boilermakers' breaststroke entries will be senior Brianna Reina. Reina holds the team's top 200 breast time at 2:19.77 and is third in the 100 at 1:05.63. Reina will add the much-needed depth to score multiple team members in the same event.
In the butterfly events, junior Patricia Finnerty is the key to a strong Purdue showing. Finnerty will race in the 100 and 200 fly and the 400 medley relay. She holds the team's top time in the 100 at 57.19 and is second in the 200 at 2:04.66.
Diving will also be another key to the Boilermakers' success. Junior Kara Hajek should make a large contribution to the team with her scores. Hajek did not compete at Big Ten's last year because of a medical redshirt.
These key figures in the Purdue lineup are not the only thing that it will take to improve last year's finish or win the Big Ten's this year. But the Boilermakers will look to several other key team members to give depth to each race's finishes.
"The key to winning ,or even doing well at any swim meet, is to have depth," said Wright-Eger. "That's why it's important for a team to get a lot of third- and fourth-place finishes as well as the first-place ones. And I think that that is an area that Purdue can excel in. These women could make a huge difference in the way we finish."
Look for team members Kim Paradeise, Autumn Sample, Jennifer Bean, Ronica Rogalski and Karin Stender in the swimming events and Molly MacFarlane on the boards to garner those extra points Wright-Eger wants.