Redbirds are Victorious at Truman State
Oct. 18, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - - The Illinois State swimming team defeated Truman State 138-64 on the road Friday, Oct. 18. This is the Redbirds' first dual meet victory of the year.
The 400-yard medley team, made up of freshman Rachel Root, sophomore Courtney Taylor, juniors Lexi Nash and Katherine Nelson earned first-place (3:57.36) followed by junior Samantha Schuckles, senior April Livingston, freshmen Kristin Verkler and Yvette Kruk taking second (4:01.05). The Redbirds proceeded this event with swimmers junior Cecilia Holmes earning first-place in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:30.26), junior Valerie Jones earning second-place (10:36.82) and junior Keely Hunt earning fourth-place (10:52.00) in the 1000-yard freestyle. The 200-yard freestyle team also took first-place (1:36.65) including junior Marissa Yontz, freshman Claire Haggerty, senior Erica Halley and Nelson.
Head Coach Steve Paska is impressed with the student-athletes performance at Truman State.
"During our team meeting we said the team needed to gain momentum at the start of the meet and we did that," said Paska. "The 400-yard medley and 1000-yard freestyle got us off to a great start and helped build momentum for the rest of the races. I wanted our swimmers to compete in their main events Friday. We have been taking every opportunity to race and improve. Tonight every swimmer top to bottom has something to be proud of."
A number of student-athletes competed at high level earning first-place in multiple events. Holmes also earned first-place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:08.84). Yontz earned first-place in the 100-yard freestyle (52.47). Root earned first-place in the 100-yard backstroke (59.75). Nash took first-place in the 100-yard butterfly (57.97). "This meet was a great way to kick off the dual meets for this season. We are going to work to keep improving each week this season," said Paska.
The Redbirds will be competing again Saturday, Oct. 26, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The meet will begin at 2 p.m.
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