Nov. 21, 2001
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue swimming and diving team members Lisa Dolansky, Kara Hajek-Gustafson and Clay Davis have been named the Women's Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and the Women's and Men's Big Ten Divers of the Week. This is the first time in the history of the Boilermaker program that three of the Big Ten's four weekly honors have been claimed by Purdue student-athletes.
"This is an outstanding honor for our programs," said Purdue head women's swimming coach Cathy Wright-Eger. "This is so exciting for Lisa to have a reward for how hard she's been working. She's really been hitting the pool and the weight room and she's worked so hard on her mental skills. It's truly great to see her receive this award, knowing that the whole conference recognizes her achievements."
Dolansky, a junior from Rahway, N.J., earned her second award of the year and second-consecutive weekly honor by leading the Boilermakers to their first-ever defeat of Northwestern at the Northwestern Invitational last weekend. Dolansky tallied eight first-place finishes (100 back, 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay) and one second (200 back) while recording a season-best time in every event.
With her 100 back time of 54.76 in the 400 medley relay, Dolansky broke her own Purdue varsity record and achieved an NCAA 'A'-cut time, while the team earned an NCAA 'B'-cut provisional time. With her 200 back time of 2:01.16, she set a lifetime best and broke a Purdue varsity record held since 1994 by Katie Lallande.
Hajek-Gustafson, a senior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned the first Big Ten Women's Diver of the Week award of her career for her performances at the Northwestern Invitational. Hajek-Gustafson recorded two first-place finishes on both the 1- and 3-meter boards with scores of 295.80 and 441.90, respectively. Both her scores were season-bests, while her 3-meter score also was a lifetime best.
Davis, a freshman from Spring, Texas, earned the first Big Ten Men's Diver of the Week award of his career for his performances, at the Northwestern Invitational. Davis was the top Boilermaker finisher on both the 1- and 3-meter boards. He scored 264.30 points on the 1-meter board and tallied a season-best 515.50 points on the 3-meter board for a first-place finish.
"This was our first big meet, and both Clay and Kara responded very well," said Purdue diving coach Wenbo Chen. "They are definitely more focused and have developed more confidence and trust in themselves. They both work hard, and that's why they're doing so well. I'm very proud of them."
The Boilermakers will return to action when they travel to Florida for their annual training trip and competition. The men will compete against Florida Atlantic and Texas A&M on Dec. 22 and the women will compete at the Pinecrest Invitational on Jan. 4, 2002.