Oct. 27, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue swim teams will kick off their seasons tonight with an intrastate exhibition meet, against Vincennes in Lambert Pool. The meet will begin at 4 p.m.
This will be the last time the Boilermakers will be able to host the Trailblazers in the annual exhibition meet. After this year, Vincennes will no longer have a men's or women's swimming and diving program.
"We are looking forward to the meet with Vincennes," Purdue women's head coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "This is a great opportunity to welcome Coach Harry Wickens back to Purdue and we're happy to be able to have the Vincennes team come up to West Lafayette one last time."
"This is a good chance for us to get our freshmen and sophomores really worked around and into the groove of a collegiate dual meet," Purdue men's head coach Dan Ross said. "We're going to get the younger guys into a lot of events and see what they can put forth for the upcoming season."
Last weekend, the Boilermakers held their annual Intrasquad Meet. On the women's side, senior Missy Bromley produced very well in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Sophomore Lisa Dolansky also made a good showing in the 100 freestyle, while showing even better in her specialties, the 100 and 200 backstroke.
In the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Shannon Funk and junior Kelly Mackus both fared well with quicker starts and finishes than last year.
Finally, on the relay circuit, the 400 medley relay team turned in the fastest Intrasquad Meet time in Wright-Eger's 14 years at Purdue. The relay was comprised of Dolansky, sophomores Lindsay Lange and Patricia Finnerty, and senior Gyongyver Lakos. Their time was 3:54.06.
For the men, senior Matt Martin swam well enough to break two Intrasquad Meet records in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle with times of 1:53.66 and 4:37.68, respectively.
Freshman Tamas Bessenyei came out in his first collegiate meet and landed a new record of 2:02.25 for Ross in the 200 breaststroke, breaking the previous record held by Vilmos Kovacs.
In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Dave Weis also broke a previous Intrasquad record to win his race. Freshman Kyle Jackson performed well in his first collegiate experience.
On the relay circuit, the 400 medley relay team of Bessenyei, Weis, and sophomores John Wakefield and Tad Sayce also broke an Intrasquad Meet record, turning in a time of 3:28.40.
After the Vincennes Exhibition, the Purdue women will return to action with a meet at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. The men will travel to Miami (Ohio) for a meet on Nov. 3. That start is scheduled for 6 p.m.