Kelly Sanks
Kelly Sanks


Niles, Ill.

High School:
Niles West





Redbird Swimmers and Divers Honored At Annual Team Banquet

All-American diver Wenting Zhang and four-time Missouri Valley Conference champion Marissa Yontz took home top honors.


Redbirds Named to 2013 Fall CSCAA Scholar All-American Team

The Illinois State swimming and diving team has been selected as one of the top ten Division I schools to receive the Team Scholar All-American Award by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Redbirds have been recognized with this award after earning an impressive fall semester grade point average of 3.51.


Twelve Redbirds Named to MVC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Team

Illinois State's Kelly Sanks listed among three student-athletes averaging a perfect 4.0 GPA.


Redbirds Swim to the Top of NCAA Academic Standings

he team earned a cumulative spring grade-point average (GPA) of 3.61.

2012-13: Earned a personal best on the 1-meter board (232.79) in a meet Nebraska-Omaha ... earned a personal best on the 3-meter board (214.90) at the Butler Invitational ... participated in the UIC Diving Invitational, the Dennis Stark Relays, the Zippy Invitational and the Butler Invitational ... competed in dual meets against Evansville, Northern Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha and Ball State.

Niles West HS: Two year varsity diver ...named most valuable diver senior and junior year of high school ... team captain senior year ... senior year received all-conference ... placed 20th in state junior year and 32nd in state senior year ... varsity member of track and field team and gymnastic team in high school during junior and senior year ... holds a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

Personal Best: 1-meter 6 dive: 232.79, 3-meter 6 dive 214.90