Aug. 13, 2003
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's swimming and diving head coach Cathy Wright-Eger today travels to Daegu, South Korea for the start of the Summer World University Games. Wright-Eger, who has been on a waiting list for eight years to represent U.S.A. Swimming, will serve the team as its manager.
"This was one of my ultimate 'pie in the sky' goals," said Wright-Eger. "To represent this country's swim team is a tremendous honor, and means a great deal to me on both a personal and professional level."
The opening ceremonies do not commence until Thursday, Aug. 21, but Wright-Eger's responsibilities to the team require her to be overseas a week in advance. As manager, many of her day-to-day tasks will mirror the same duties she handles as the Boilermakers' head coach. Her primary goal is to ensure that all the athletes have a smooth trip and can focus on their swimming.
Wright-Eger's chores include securing transportation from the University Village to the swimming venue, making sure everyone has a room to stay in and a bed to sleep on. She will also accompany all female athletes for their required drug tests.
The women's team's coaching staff is led by Texas co-head coach Jill Sterkel, with Auburn co-head coach Kim Brackin and Minnesota head coach Jean Freeman serving as the assistant coaches. It marks the first time for the United States that one of its swimming teams at the World University Games will be led by an all-woman staff.
Although no Boilermaker swimmers will accompany Wright-Eger to the games, the 17-year mentor of Purdue women's swimming will provide weekly travel diaries, which will be posted on Thursday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 28. A special diary link will be uploaded onto the www.purduesports.com web site, so that fans will have easy access to her entries.