Aug. 17, 2001
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's swimming and diving team has been recognized as having the 11th-best team grade point average in the nation by the College Swim Coaches' Association of America.
"I'm really proud of the women because at Purdue, we strive for a balance between academics, athletics and campus life," said Purdue women's swimming head coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "When a collegiate swimmer can earn Academic All-America and athletic All-American, like these women have, that's pretty impressive."
In addition to the team accolade, seven individuals were also honored for their individual efforts in the classroom. Current fifth-year senior Gyongyver Lakos and juniors Lisa Dolansky, Patricia Finnerty and Lindsay Lange were named Academic All-America, while 2001 graduate Missy Bromley and current junior Kim Paradeise and sophomore Autumn Sample were named Academic All-America honorable mention.
Lakos, an interior design major and native of Budapest, Hungary, owns a 3.50 grade-point average and will graduate in May 2002. She finished her career at Purdue with varsity records in the 100 and 200 freestyle, as well as records as the anchor of the 200 and 400 medley relays and 200 and 400 free relays. Lakos also swam as a member of the Hungarian Olympic teams in both 1996 and 2000.
Dolansky is a pre-physical therapy major from Rahway, N.J. and carries a 3.87 grade-point average. Dolansky currently owns Purdue varsity records in the 100 backstroke, the 200 and 400 medley relays, as well as the 400 freestyle relay. She collected third-place finishes in the 100 back, 200 and 400 medley relays, fourth place in the 400 freestyle relay, seventh in the 200 free relay and eighth in the 800 free relay at the 2001 Big Ten Championships. She also represented Purdue at the 2001 NCAA Championships, where she helped score a 16th-place finish in the 400 medley relay and 17th- and 19th-place finishes in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay.
Finnerty has a 3.68 grade-point average as a management major and is from New Fairfield, Conn. She is a member of the varsity record-holding relay team in the 400 medley relay and finished with lifetime bests in the 100 and 200 fly at the 2001 Big Ten Championships. She also swam on all three relay teams at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
Lange is a native of Oak Harbor, Ohio, and is a communication major with a 3.76 grade-point average. She currently holds Purdue varsity records in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 medley relays. She finished in second place in the 100 breaststroke and third as a member of both the 200 and 400 medley relay teams at Big Ten's. At the NCAA Championships, she also swam on all three Boilermaker relays and tallied a 14th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Paradeise, a native of Apple Valley, Minn., is a civil engineering major with a 3.77 grade-point average. She is a member of the varsity record-holding 400 free relay team. Her best finish at the 2001 Big Ten Championships was fourth place in the 400 free relay. She also finished eighth in the 800 free relay, ninth in the 100 free and a 10th in the 200 free.
Sample is a native of Pullman, Wash., with a grade-point average of 3.71 as a public relations major. She finished 17th in the 400 individual medley and 11th in the 200 fly at the 2001 Big Ten Championships.
Bromley, a secondary education and French concentration major, finished her Purdue career with a grade-point average of 3.55. She currently holds Purdue varsity records as a member of the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays. At the 2001 Big Ten Championships, Bromley finished third in the 200 medley relay, fourth in the 400 free relay and seventh in the 200 free relay.
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