Nov. 10, 2000
West Lafayette, Ind. - The Purdue women's swim team will open its conference season on Saturday, Nov. 11, when it travels to Iowa City for a double-dual meet against Ohio State and Iowa. The Boilermakers stand at 3-0, while the Buckeyes are 1-2 and the Hawkeyes are 0-3.
"Because this is our first Big Ten meet and it's away, we've got to be ready for a battle," Purdue head women's swim coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "On paper, we're a better team. But we know that the tide can quickly change just like last weekend when we pulled out a win against Notre Dame. Last year at Big Ten's, Iowa was right ahead of us and OSU was right behind us. They will be prepared and we're going to have to swim well, but I think we can do it."
The Boilermakers will look to expand upon the success they have had so far this season, including defeating the 18th-ranked Fighting Irish last weekend. Purdue will look to Olympian Gyongyver Lakos, a senior, to continue improving her times in the middle distance freestyle events.
Along with Lakos, the Old Gold and Black will be relying heavily on senior Missy Bromley and sophomore Kim Paradiese in the sprint free events, and the duo of sophomore Shannon Funk and junior Kelly Mackus to score in the distance free events.
In the 100 and 200 backstroke, sophomore Lisa Dolansky continues to lead the Boilermakers with season-best times of 56.80 and 2:04.83, and should continue to make a big impact on the competition.
Patricia Finnerty, a sophomore, will be the leader in the Boilermakers' butterfly events. She holds both season top times at 58.01 in the 100, and 2:06.13 in the 200.