Terzis' MVC/School Record Helps `Birds to a Second-Place Finish
Feb. 14, 2009
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Breaking a second school record, and a Missouri Valley Conference record, sophomore Lauren Terzis helped lead the Redbirds to a second-place finish at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championships, in Carbondale, Ill., Saturday. Junior Katelyn Prorok was named the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Diver of the Year, under the guidance of head diving coach Phil Hoffmann (2009 MVC Diving Coach of the Year), as the Redbirds flew past competition to finish with a score of 770, finishing ahead of Southern Illinois (716), Northern Iowa (361), and Evansville (325.50), while falling only to Missouri State (944.50).
Swimming the 1650-yard freestyle, Terzis broke the MVC record and the Illinois State record with a time of 16:58.19. After being part of the 800-yard freestyle relay that broke an Illinois State record Friday, Terzis shattered the 19 year-old 1650-yard freestyle record, previously held by Katie Novotny (17:04.21).
"Lauren winning the mile (1650-yard freestyle) was the highlight of swimming tonight," said head swimming and diving coach Steve Paska. "It was just a tremendous swim from Lauren. It was a smart race; this was only the second time she swam this event all season and she just did phenomenal. She is a great young lady, and this was a great way for her to finish the weekend."
Prorok, the 2009 MVC Diver of the Year, boasted a strong performance on the three-meter board, as she took second with a personal-best score of 275.30. Prorok, who place first on the one-meter board Friday, was previously named MVC Diver of the Week five times this 2008-09 season, before being given the diver of the year award.
Hoffmann, who was named the 2009 MVC Diving Coach of the Year, is very proud of Prorok's performances this season.
"Katelyn receiving the diver of the year award was a great honor for her," Hoffmann said. "She has made a good recovery since coming off of a redshirt (due to injury) last season, and I couldn't be happier for her that she won the award. It is a true testament to all of the work she has done this season."
Following Terzis' lead in the 1650-yard freestyle, freshman Michele Stoeppelman finished the race with a personal-best time of 17:23.82, placing fifth in the event. Sophomore Ashley Bachler swam the event in a 11th-place time of 17:54.86.
The 200-yard backstroke proved to be just as successful, as the Redbirds walked away with five top performances and three personal-best times. Sophomore Molly Gomberg led the charge with a fifth-place finish and personal-best time of 2:06.32. After boasting a personal-best time in the preliminary round (2:06.04), sophomore Christine Byron achieved a seventh-place finish with a time of 2:07.68. Freshman Amber Siggins (13th) achieved a personal-best time of 2:09.57, while teammates freshmen Jillian Olson (15th), Megan Weber (19th) and Maggie Pircon (20th) rounded out the top performances.
Freshman Lauren Boyd and senior Jessica Santi swam the 100-yard freestyle for the Redbirds, as each finished with a personal -best time. Boyd (8th) touched the wall with a time of 53.48, while Santi (9th) completed the race in a time of 53.61.
The 200-yard breaststroke was led by senior Allison Fishbein who finished the race in a fifth-place time of 2:26.95. In the preliminary rounds junior Lindsay Dinkelman swam the race in a season-best time of 2:26.6,3 before going on to place seventh in finals (2:27.14), freshman Sarah Piechocinski achieved a personal-best time of 2:26.81, before placing eighth in finals (2:28.67), and senior Lauren Williams achieved a personal-best time of 2:34.12, as she took 17th in finals (2:34.82). In final-round action junior Caitlin Falconer earned a personal-best performance (2:27.02) taking ninth, while freshman Kristin Lynch (2:30.21) placed eleventh.
Sophomore Amy Schaefer added to the success of the weekend, as she swam the 200-yard butterfly in a third-place time of 2:08.24. Siggins, Gomberg, and seniors Tiffany Rentner and Alison Wippermann each achieved personal-best times in the event. Siggins touched the wall with a fourth-place time of 2:08.52, while Gomberg (2:08.15), Rentner (2:12.58) and Wippermann (2:15.42) achieved personal-best times in the preliminary round, before placing fifth, 15th, and 23rd in finals, respectively. Freshman Sarah Coghlin completed the 200-yard butterfly event with a seventh-place time of 2:11.00.
Schaefer, Santi, Boyd and Terzis comprised the 400-yard freestyle relay event for the Redbirds. The relay team finished the race with a season-best time of 3:31.68.
"The girls had a fabulous day of swimming and diving," Paska said. "The divers did remarkable under Phil's guidance; they have improved greatly and it showed this weekend. The swimmers performed very well; there were so many season-best and personal-best performances. The team just had solid weekend of competition."
On the diving side, junior Liza Perrino, and freshmen Polly Hirt and Brittany Tazzioli added to Prorok's success, as each diver finished among the top-eight performances. Perrino achieved a personal-best score of 247.65 in prelimaries, and then went on to earn a fourth-place finish (240.20) in final-round action. Achieving a personal-best performance of 210.35 in preliminaries, Hirt went on to finish sixth in finals with a score of 206.95. Tazzioli rounded out the diving action with an eighth-place score of 194.20.
"I couldn't be more proud of how the team competed as a whole this weekend," Hoffmann said. "This weekend was a great way to end the season, and I look forward to preparing for next year."
Prorok will take a month off from competition before traveling to Minneapolis, Minn. for the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals March 13-15.