Nov. 27, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's swim team has signed six high school seniors to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period. Jill Collins, Tracy Duchac, Brandy Keever, Christine Leupold, Lindsey Meier and Katie Seleskie will join the Boilermaker squad as freshmen in the fall of 2001.
"This is the first time that we've ever completed our recruiting class in the early signing period," Purdue assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Darlene Renie said. "We were able to meet our recruiting goals by signing two sprinters, two middle distance freestylers, one distance freestyler and one backstroker."
Collins is one of three Boilermaker recruits from Ohio, hailing from Dublin. She is a senior middle distance freestyler at Worthington-Kilbourne High School and is a three-time Ohio high school state qualifier. Collins is the valedictorian of her class. She chose Purdue over Miami (Ohio).
"Jill is a hard-working middle distance freestyler whom we will really rely on next year," Renie said. "She will add much-needed depth in those middle distance free events. She is a very determined young woman who is ready for the challenge of the Big Ten Conference."
Duchac is a sprint swimmer and three-sport athlete from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. She attends Wisconsin Rapids High School, where she is president of the Student Council and a member of National Honor Society. Duchac is a former Wisconsin state champion in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. She was actively recruited by several Big Ten schools, as Duchac chose Purdue over Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin.
"Tracy will come to Purdue and make a huge impact as a Boilermaker," Renie said. "We see plenty of untapped potential in Tracy and are excited to use that potential. She will be very competitive in the sprint events and relays for Purdue."
Keever is a senior backstroker from Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio. Keever is a YMCA qualifier and finalist, a Junior National qualifier, a two-time All-American, a three-time high school MVP and is currently the Lebanon High School team captain. Keever also finished in the top eight in the 100 and 200 backstroke in 1999 and the 100 backstroke in 2000 at the YMCA National Championship meet.
"Brandy also will have an immediate impact on the Boilermaker squad in the backstroke events with two seniors currently holding those spots," Renie said. "She has experience at the YMCA National meet and is ready to take the next step into the Big Ten."
Leupold is a versatile middle distance freestyler from Richwood, N.J., and attends Clearview Regional High School. She is a three-time high school MVP, a high school All-American and a Junior National qualifier. Leupold chose Purdue over Notre Dame and Penn State.
"Christine will help Purdue in both individual and relay events," Renie said. "She still has a lot of growing to do physically, and we feel confident that she will be a very successful Boilermaker."
Meier is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and is a senior at Hawken High School. She is a Junior National qualifier and a three-time Ohio high school state qualifier. Meier chose Purdue over U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
"Lindsey is a distance swimmer who will enter the Boilermaker waters with times in the mile that can score in the Top Eight at the Big Ten Conference meet," Renie said. "She comes to Purdue from a great high school program in Ohio, and she loves to train the distance events."
Seleskie is a sprint freestyler from Hastings, Minn. She attends Hastings High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society. Seleskie is a member of the U.S. Swimming National B team, a two-time All-American selection and a five-time all-state selection. She chose Purdue over Big Ten rival Minnesota.
"Katie will be a seven-event swimmer for Purdue," Renie said. "She is a fast sprinter, with a 100 freestyle time that is presently faster than the Purdue varsity record. She will play a pivotal role in not only the sprint freestyle events, but the relays as well. Best of all, Katie is a team-oriented athlete who will add to the Boilermaker squad in more ways than one.
"We are very excited to have this group of talented young women join our team," Renie said. "This year's team played a crucial role in acquiring these six recruits. The women did a tremendous job selling Purdue by emphasizing the new facility, and the Aquatics Center played a huge role in the success of recruiting these top athletes."
The new facility, the Boilermaker Aquatics Center and the Doris Z. Holloway Pool, continues to move toward completion. Currently, plans are in place to have water in the pool in the beginning of April to begin the testing and balancing stages of development. The $17.1 million project is scheduled to be completed in July of 2001, with the dedication taking place shortly after the start of the 2001-02 school year. Both Purdue swimming and diving teams will compete in the new facility beginning next year.