I’ll be honest. I never followed college swimming, even a little, before last year. But, when a high school friend starts coaching, it perks up your interest. The Purdue Women’s Swim Team placed 4th at the Big Ten Championships, tying their highest mark last set in ’91 and ’92, and Coach John Klinge was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Klinge was voted the conference’s coach of the year by his peers after Purdue posted the highest score in program history at a Big Ten Championships. The 460 points eclipsed the previous standard of 431.5 set in 1991. The fourth-place finish ties the 1991 and 1992 squads for the highest placing at a conference championship meet. Purdue broke 17 program records and five freshman records during the Big Ten Championships. The team also recorded 94 season-best marks during the conference championship meet.
“This award is really a reflection of all the hard work the girls on the team did,” Klinge said. “They did it every day, and this is really a result of their continued hard work.”
John’s in his second year as Purdue head coach and, from what I can tell, has been working his ass off since he hit West Lafayette. Glad to see that hard work paying off. Congratulations to Coach Klinge and the Purdue women!