Dec. 8, 2000
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Lisa Dolansky and Drew Brees have been named Purdue's Athletes of the Month for their performances throughout November. The award is sponsored by WLFI-TV 18 and Twin City Dodge-Chrysler.
Dolansky is a native of Rahway, N.J., and is a 1999 graduate of Union Catholic High School. Brees is a native of Austin, Texas, and is a 1997 graduate of Westlake High School.
Dolansky, a sophomore on the women's swim team, led the Boilermakers to a 4-1 record in November. Against 18th-ranked Notre Dame and Evansville on Nov. 4, Dolansky took three first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke, the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay and a second-place finish in the 200 back. That first-place finish for the 200 medley relay team set a new Lambert Pool record. The Boilermakers came away with wins over both the Fighting Irish and the Purple Aces.
On Nov. 11, the Old Gold and Black traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, where Dolansky again led the Boilermaker attack against the Hawkeyes and the Ohio State Buckeyes. She tallied three first-place finishes and a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay, the 100 back and the 400 free relay and the 200 back, respectively. Purdue added two more wins to its record by defeating both Iowa and Ohio State.
To end her already successful month, Dolansky took three more first-place finishes and a second-place finish home from University Park, Pa. on Nov. 17, where the Boilermakers were narrowly defeated by the Penn State Nittany Lions. In her only second-place finish of the day, Dolansky swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay to set a new Purdue varsity record with her teammates. In her second event, the 100 back, she set both a Purdue Varsity record and a Penn State pool record, to remain undefeated in this event. In her third event, she tallied another first-place finish in the 200 back. Finally, the 400 free relay team finished first for another Purdue varsity record and Penn State pool record.
Brees, a senior and Heisman Award candidate on the football team, led the Boilermakers to their first conference championship in 33 years and their first Rose Bowl in 34 years. During the month of November, Brees led the Boilermaker attack against Big Ten rivals Michigan State and Indiana for a 1-1 record. At Michigan State, Drew completed 26 passes for 279 yards, while rushing five times for 22 yards. Against Indiana in the Old Oaken Bucket game, Brees completed 20 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown. He rushed 10 times for 85 yards and one touchdown.
Brees also was honored with several other awards, including Purdue's team MVP, the Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication, Big Ten First Team, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Award, given annually to the top Big Ten player. Brees also was the recipient of the 2000 Kiwanis Citizenship Award.
Other nominees for the award included Katie Douglas (women's basketball), Ann Stedschulte (women's cross country), Joanna Lowry (volleyball), Matt Light (football), Matt Martin (men's swimming) and Oscar Santiago (wrestling).