Nov. 16, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's swim team will take to the road as it travels to University Park, Pa., to take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State on Friday, Nov. 17. Meet time is set for 6 p.m. EST. The Boilermakers head into their third conference meet at 5-0, while the Nittany Lions are 1-0 in dual meets and head into their first conference match-up.
"Penn State is unmistakably a better team," Purdue women's swim coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. "They are currently ranked 22nd in the nation, but our goal with this meet is to go in, really bear down, do our best, and if the opportunity is there, we're going to beat them. This is a meet, early on, to make us strive for a higher goal and we'll use it to make us better later in the season. We still have our theme for the season in the front of our minds, momentum--that's what it'll take!"
And momentum is what the Boilermakers have behind them for this road trip. This past weekend, they defeated both Ohio State and Iowa in Iowa City, to show the rest of the Big Ten that they are serious competitors both at home and on the road. Those two wins were key for Purdue, as Iowa finished just ahead of the Old Gold and Black at the Big Ten Championships in 2000 and Ohio State finished just behind.
Currently, Purdue has five different events in which the number one seed times in the Big Ten belong to Boilermakers. Senior Gyongyver Lakos owns both the 100 and the 200 freestyle top times, senior Missy Bromley holds the top time for the 50 free, sophomore Lisa Dolansky is in the top spot for the 100 back and the 400 freestyle relay team of Dolansky, Bromley, sophomore Kim Paradiese and Lakos hold the Big Ten No. 1 seed time of 3:28.38.
Wright-Eger is of the opinion that the Boilermakers should not only win those events, but others as well, because the Boilermakers have a tradition.
"Traditionally, we swim very fast this weekend," Wright-Eger said. "The weekend before Thanksgiving is always our fastest fall meet and we've been doing the little extras this week to make that happen."
Those little extras she mentions have included a light training week for as much rest as possible, shaving right before the meet and really concentrating on the mental focus of going to an away pool.
"Our goal with this meet is to really go in, swim fast, and secure several Big Ten No. 1 seeds," Wright-Eger said. "Keeping the momentum. That is what this weekend is all about."