June 23, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Gyongyver Lakos has qualified for the 2000 Hungarian Olympic swim team. The Boilermaker junior will travel to Sydney, Australia, in September to participate in the 24th Olympic games.
Lakos, Purdue's 1999-2000 swimming MVP, won the 100-meter free in a time of 57.40 at Hungarian National Meet to earn a spot on the team. A three-time top-eight finisher at the Big Ten Conference championships, Lakos will swim the 100-meter freestyle and anchor the 4x100 medley relay team for Hungary.
"Gyongyver has worked so hard to achieve this goal," Purdue Head Coach Cathy Wright-Eger says, "She has persevered many obstacles so that she could come to Purdue to swim and earn a college degree simultaneously, a feat not allowed in Hungary. Her patience, dedication and sacrifice have all paid off. Her Purdue family is very proud of her."
"I want everyone to know," says Lakos, "That I never could have made it if there was no Purdue, Coach Wright-Eger, Coach (Darlene) Renie or team. My performance is a reflection about what Purdue has done for me."
The women's 100-meter freestyle preliminary heats will held Wednesday, September 20, and the 4x100 medley relay prelims on Friday, September 22.