Redbirds Place Third At Notre Dame Relays
Oct. 6, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. - The Illinois State swimmers and divers grasped a third-place finish for the second consecutive year Friday night at the Notre Dame Relays. A team total of 144 points were earned through many outstanding individual performances inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
Head coach Steve Paska knew that the competition would be tough going into this particular meet, but was happy with the overall performance of the team.
"Overall I think we performed at expectations," said Paska. "We were a little behind where we want to be in regards to the sprint races, but at the same time I think we did exceptionally well on some of our longer races."
Coach Paska also recognized that while there were many outstanding performances on the individual level, there was one relay in which he was extremely impressed with. The 400-yard freestyle relay composed of Kathleen Borkovec, Rebekah Layman, Jamie Haseman and Kyle Pullman placed second, which was the highest placing relay of the evening.
"This was a longer meet lasting just over three hours," Paska said. "I think our most outstanding relay was actually the last one in which we swam. Borkovec, Layman, Haseman and Pullman were able to stay mentally prepared for the 400-yard free relay. These four ladies were consistent and had a dynamite race."
On the diving side of the meet, Katie Janonis pulled a fourth-place finish in the 1-meter competition with a score of 217.10. Diving coach Alison Cipri was happy with the performance and said this particular meet was more of a confidence builder than anything.
"The girls were nervous tonight," said Cipri. "It was kind of a fun meet. They need to be experienced for the rest of the season. I think this meet was more of a confidence builder than anything for the divers. After this meet I think they will be much more confident in their diving."
The `Birds will be bringing the competition back home to Horton Pool on Friday, Oct. 13 at 5:00 p.m. where they will host Northern Iowa.