Nolte and Zhang named MVC Swimmer and Diver of the Week
Jan. 16, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior Jeanette Nolte and sophomore Wenting Zhang were named Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week for Jan. 15, after a victorious dual meet against Nebraska-Omaha (207-90). This is the sixth time during the 2012-13 season Zhang has been given the honor. The meet was the last home meet for the Redbirds, as well as Senior Day.
Zhang was named diver of the week for the sixth time this season after a strong performance against Nebraska-Omaha. She earned first-place on both the 1-meter and 3-meter board. On the 1-meter board, Zhang received a score of 331.35 and on the 3-meter a score of 319.95. On the 1-meter board, Zhang's score of 331.35 broke the Illinois State and Horton Pool record, which the diver previously held.
"Wenting had a record setting weekend. When she previously set the record earlier this season I thought that it was a great accomplishment," diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "This weekend on the one-meter board she had a very solid meet and breaking her own record is another great accomplishment. The performance against Nebraska-Omaha is a great testament to how hard her and her teammates worked over the winter training trip. It is a great sign of things to come as Wenting prepares for the upcoming meets and conference."
Nolte was named MVC Swimmer of the Week after finishing first in three events against Nebraska-Omaha. The Naperville, Ill. native was one of the 11 senior student-athletes honored at the meet. Nolte finished first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.76, the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 26.69, and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.26. Nolte's time in the 100-yard freestyle was a season best time.
"Jeanette deserved this honor with her fantastic showing on Senior Day against Nebraska-Omaha, and she has been a top flyer throughout the season. One of Jeanette's strengths is her consistency in racing and at training. In all the events she swam this year she has been a constant team player. The dedication that she trains and competes with is remarkable," head coach Steve Paska said. "Jeanette has been healthy all year and swam in many different events for the team. She is one of the most versatile swimmers I have had here at my tenure at Illinois State. She is valuable to swimming and diving program and has assisted to our success at dual meets. I am looking forward to see how she ends her career here at Illinois State during the conference meet in February."
The Redbirds will compete again Saturday, Jan. 19, at Washington (Mo.) at 1 p.m. and again on Monday, Jan. 21, against Ball State at 12 p.m.