Swimming & Diving Teams Take To Water For First Time Of 2002-03 Season



Oct. 24, 2002

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue swimming and diving teams will hit the water for the first time this weekend. The Boilermakers will participate in their annual Intersquad meet on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center and then will host the Indiana Intercollegiates meet on Saturday at noon. Both meets will be co-ed meets.

Attending the Indiana Intercollegiates will be Ball State, Butler, Indianapolis, IUPUI, Valparaiso and Vincennes for the second year in a row.

"Our goals for the weekend are pretty simple," said Purdue head men's swimming coach Dan Ross. "The Intersquad meet is pretty emotional for our teams because it's the kickoff to the season. We give the captains and the seniors the chance to make the Gold and the Black teams competitive however they can.

"The Intersquad will be a fun and very spirited meet with a lot of fast times. We'll really try to swim fast and a lot of the guys will definitely be trying pretty hard to break the meet records and maybe even some pool records.

"Then, on Saturday, it'll be a fun meet again, with most of the squad swimming some of their off events with the goal to just swim fast."

The Boilermaker men open their year with five seniors at the helm of the program. Jeremy Wright, Gui Rego, Will Seelbach, Ehud Dekter and Tad Sayce will look to lead the Old Gold and Black men to an improvement on their eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and their 2002 NCAA finish of 33rd. This year, three freshmen join the squad in the pool and one on the diving boards.

For the women's team, eight Boilermakers will look to improve on their 6th-place Big Ten's finish and 33rd-place NCAA placing. Lisa Dolansky, Kim Paradeise, Lindsay Lange, Patricia Finnerty, Shannon Funk and Karina Bolanos in the pool and Carrie Dougherty and Heather Bachman on the boards will lead a group of up-and-coming freshmen, along with the talented returners from the 2001-02 season.

"The next five weeks will be pretty difficult for us, as we have eight competitions in five weeks," said Ross. "That's a lot of competitions for the fall part of the season, but we have to strive to be consistent. In weeks three and four, our goal will be to be to work hard and perform well in practice."