Redbirds Defeat Conference Opponent Evansville
Cecilia Holmes
Cecilia Holmes

Oct. 27, 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team defeated conference opponent Evansville this Saturday, Oct. 27 at Wyttenbach Pool. The Redbirds (192 points) had multiple student-athletes finish first in more than one event against Evansville (108 points).

Head swimming coach Steve Paska believes that the Redbirds swam strong and that the races were close.

"The races were very competitive and the majority of the races were very close," Paska said. "For the Redbirds to open the first dual meet of the season with this competitiveness is great. Watching the Redbirds and Purple Aces race this afternoon was very exciting. It was a fantastic meet against a conference opponent and both teams raced exceptionally well."

Sophomore swimmer Cecilia Holmes finished first in three events the 1000-yard freestyle (10:35.14), 500-yard freestyle (5:09.40) and the 400-yard IM (4:37.06). Along with Holmes, senior Jeanette Nolte also finished first in two events the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.06) and 100-yard butterfly (58.07). Junior April Livingston finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.55) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.27).

"April had terrific races. In both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke she was able to touch the wall right before the Purple Aces," Paska said. "April has been training very hard since the Dennis Stark Relays at Notre Dame, and you can see the training and extra work has paid off."

Other first place finishes were earned by junior Erica Halley in the100-yard backstroke (59.92) and sophomore Marissa Yontz in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.26). Freshman newcomer Katelyn Kresal earned a personal best in the 400-yard IM (4:50.61).



"Overall this was a great start, and now we look forward to keeping the competitiveness edge going with our two meets next weekend against Truman State and Northern Iowa," Paska said.

The Redbird diving team also performed strong against the conference opponent. Sophomore Wenting Zhang won both the 1-meter (289.80) and 3-meter boards (299.83).

"All the divers gave a strong performance, and anytime we compete against a conference opponent is great," said head diving coach Phil Hoffmann. "I think the next two weeks will show where we are at with our training. I am excited to see how the Redbirds progress down the road, but we are definitely on the right path."

The Redbirds return home to Normal, Ill., Friday, Nov. 2, to compete in a dual meet against Truman State. The meet will begin at 6 p.m.

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