Redbirds Swim Past Bears, Zhang Breaks Pool and School Record
Wenting Zhang
Wenting Zhang

Jan. 19, 2013

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.- The Illinois State swimming and diving team swam past Washington (Mo.) in a dual meet in St. Louis, Mo. The Redbirds 188-110 victory puts them 6-0 in their 2012-13 season. Sophomore diver Wenting Zhang broke the Millstone Pool record on both the 1-meter and 3-meter board and the Illinois State record on the 3-meter board.

Zhang took first-place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter board. On the 1-meter board Zhang earned a score of 295.20 and on the 3-meter board a score of 341.70. Zhang's scores on both boards broke the Millstone Pool records. Zhang's score on the 3-meter board also broke the Illinois State record of 330.05, which the diver previously held.

Following Zhang was senior Madicyn Prouty and Maureen Doyle. Prouty earned second-place on both boards. Her scores of 260.47 on the 1-meter and 247.12 on the 3-meter were both personal bests. Doyle followed in third-place with a score of 239.32 on the 1-meter and 230.10 on the 3-meter board.

"Whenever a student-athlete can break a school or a pool record it is a huge accomplishment for the athlete and it is great for the swimming and diving program. Wenting has worked hard to get to where she is, and her performance tonight shows where she is in the season," diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "Both Madi and Maureen also helped the team with this victory. Both student-athletes are performing well, and I am excited to see them train more as we head into the conference championships. All together this was a team effort, but I can see we are on the right track."

In swimming, the Redbirds had multiple first-place finishes which contributed to their victory over the Bears.

"This meet was a solid team effort. I am impressed with how the student-athletes raced while we were on the road. This was one of our last dual meets of the season, and the races today were very competitive," head coach Steve Paska said. "It was a good meet and every meet is helping us as we continue to prepare for the conference championship meet in February."

Senior Jeanette Nolte earned first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.06 and the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:07.49. Nolte was also a member of the first-place 400-yard medley relay team. Swimmers Samantha Schuckles, Courtney Taylor, Nolte and Katherine Nelson touched the wall first with a time of 3:59.81.

"Jeanette is a very consistent swimmer. I am always impressed with the way she races in each of our competitions," Paska said. "She is dependable, and I am excited to continue see her compete as our dual meet season comes to an end. I am also looking forward to seeing her race in the conference championships"

Sophomore Cecilia Holmes and Junior April Livingston also won two events against the Bears. Holmes finished first in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:35.64 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:10.73. Livingston swam first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.80 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:28.23.

"Cecilia is a true competitor and she shows that every time she competes. She loves to race, and she takes advantage of every opportunity that is given to her. She has a great work ethic, and she loves to swim fast. I am impressed with how she competed this afternoon," Paska said. "April also had a great night of racing. She came from behind in the 100-breaststoke and 200-breasktroke and won both events. Both of the events were important during the meet, and they helped contribute to the dual meet victory over the Bears."

Sophomores Valerie Jones and Marissa Yontz also put up points for the Redbirds by winning races. Jones swam a 10:41.85 in the 1000-yard freestyle earning a first-place finish, and Yontz placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.03.

The Redbirds will be competing again Monday, Jan. 21, at Ball State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.