Redbirds Defeat Nebraska-Omaha, Zhang Breaks School and Pool Record
Wenting Zhang
Wenting Zhang

Jan. 12, 2013

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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State swimming and diving defeated Nebraska-Omaha (207-90) Saturday at Horton Pool. Sophomore diver Wenting Zhangbroke the school and pool record on the 1-meter board. The competition was also senior day for the Redbirds, honoring nine swimmers and two divers.

Zhang earned first-place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter board. On the 1-meter board, Zhang broke the school and pool record with a score of 331.35. Following Zhang on the 1-meter board were seniors Maureen Doyle and Madicyn Prouty. Doyle finished in second-place with a score of 243.97 and Prouty in third with a score of 237.00. On the 3-meter board, Zhang took first-place with a score of 319.95. Prouty followed Zhang in second-place with a score of 217.20 and Doyle in third with a score of 213.97.

"We are on our final path to conference and both seniors want to end well. Maureen and Madi worked hard their last four years, and both had a successful meet for their last time at Horton Pool," diving coach Phil Hoffmannsaid. "We are coming off of our winter training trip, and I am impressed with how the team performed. I think it is signs of great things to come, but I know we have work to do."

In swimming, the Redbirds were victorious in many events. Head coach Steve Paskabelieves the race was very competitive and that this was a great way for the seniors to celebrate their last meet at Horton Pool.

"Today was a special day for the Redbirds. We honored 11 senior student-athletes, and today showed that they do exemplify the term student-athlete," Paska said. "We competed against a talented team and the score does not indicate the competitiveness of the races. I was impressed with how we were able to come back and race in this type of setting."

Senior Jeanette Nolte and sophomore Cecilia Holmesled the way for the Redbirds. Both swimmers earned three first-place finishes. Nolte touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (57.76), the 100-yard freestyle (53.26) and the 50-yard butterfly (26.69). Holmes finished first during the 1000-yard freestyle (10:34.34), the 500-yard freestyle (5:10.52) and the 200-yard IM (2:12.01).

"Both swimmers are true competitors. Jeanette has had a solid senior year, and she has had great times at many different meets. She is a consistent dual meet swimmer, and it has been a pleasure watching her swim the last four years," Paska said. "Cecilia had a solid ten days of training that carried over to today's meet. I am impressed in how she raced. She is a consistent swimmer, and she always prepares herself to race."

Other notable performances led the Redbirds to their fifth victory this season, including a first-place finish by senior Tori Alland in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.52). Senior Morgan Buechele also put up points for the Redbirds finishing first during the 50-yard breaststroke (31.43) and Samantha Schucklesreceived first-place in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.15).

During the 200-yard medley relay, Schuckles, Courtney Taylor, Alexis Nash and Katherine Nelsonfinished in first-place with a time of 1:49.99.

"We are on the right track as we prepare for the conference championship meet, but we still have a lot of training to do the next two to three weeks before we start resting for the conference championships," Paska said. "Today's meet was a collective team effort, and we are heading in the right direction."

The Redbirds will compete again Saturday, Jan. 19, at Washington (Mo.) at 1 p.m. and then again Monday, Jan. 21, against Ball State at 12 p.m.

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