U.S. Senior Nationals Friday Update

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Lindsay Lange will join fellow Boilermaker Giordan Pogioli at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif.
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Lindsay Lange will join fellow Boilermaker Giordan Pogioli at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif.
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April 4, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Lindsay Lange became the second Boilermaker in three days to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Trials. The senior clocked a time of 1 minute, 12.57 seconds in the 100 meter breaststroke Friday during the third day of competition at the U.S. Senior Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.

Lange's time placed her 21st in the field, which qualified her for a spot in the 'C' flight of tonight's finals. The top 24 swimmers advance to the finals, which begin at 6 p.m.

The Boilermakers posted a successful run in the men's 100 breast as well, where freshman Giordan Pogioli and junior Tamas Bessenyei also qualified for the 'C' finals.

Pogioli, who scored an 18th-place time of 1:04.50, became Purdue's first 2004 Olympic qualifier Wednesday after reaching a time of 2:19.11 in the 200 breast. Bessenyei finished right behind his teammate, placing 20th in 1:04.58.

In other preliminary action from Friday morning, Brandy Keever placed 45th in the 100 backstroke (1:06.25), Kyle Jackson finished 63rd in the 400 freestyle (4:12.54) and Autumn Sample placed 91st in the 100 butterfly (1:05.42). In the men's 100 fly, Nick Scholz finished in the 53rd position (57.55), while teammate Nick Cenci came across in 66th (59.51). The number of prelim competitors varies from event to event, ranging anywhere from 40 to 140.

"The experience that our younger swimmers have been receiving is invaluable," said women's head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "We may not be scoring a lot of points, but everyone has been competing extremely well, and I've been pleased with the overall effort."

During Thursday's preliminary competitions, Jackson placed 70th (1:57.18) in the 200 free, Nick Cenci scored a 34th place showing in the 400 individual medley (4:42.05), and the women's 400 free relay team of Christine Leupold, Yvonne Laaper, Autumn Sample and Erica Chandler finished 36th (4:02.87).

Boilermaker Javier Diaz, a fifth-year senior who is competing for the Mexican National Team, placed 22nd in the finals of the 200 free, hitting the wall at 1:53.42.

Several Boilermakers will compete during Saturday's final day of action. Louis Paul, Cenci and Pogioli are all scheduled to race in the 200 IM, as is Jenni Bean on the women's side. Tracy Duchac, Lange and Kim Paradeise will represent Purdue in the 50 free, and the women's 400 medley team will conclude the day's competition.

Complete results of the U.S. Senior Nationals can be found at www.usa-swimming.org.