Redbirds Host Washington-St. Louis for Senior Day
Jan. 17, 2014
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State swimming and diving will be honoring its' three seniors at their meet against Washington-St. Louis on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 12 pm.
This is the Redbirds third weekend of a four week run of meets for the Redbirds. Head coach Steve Paska is looking forward to the competition Washington-St. Louis will bring to the Redbirds last dual-meet at home.
"We are coming off of a solid victory, and this weekend we will be competing for the last time at home this season," Paska said. " This weekend and in the upcoming weeks we are looking to pay attention to detail as we move closer to the MVCs. I have known Washington's head coach for a number of years and they have a talent group of athletes. I am excited to be hosting them for the first time at Horton Pool for Senior Day."
This year's three graduating seniors are swimmers Erica Halley, April Livingston, and diver Maggie Kopp. Head coach Steve Paska is proud of the performance the these seniors have given in and out of the pool while student-athletes at Illinois State.
"Traditionally during our last home dual-meet of the season we honor the seniors on our team," Paska said. "This weekend we will be honoring Erica, April and Maggie as they end their careers as Redbirds at home. I can't believe how fast the last four years have gone by. It has been very rewarding to see how far each of them have come since their start here. Academically these three seniors epitomize the word student-athlete. They have left their mark in and out of the classroom, and will be great ambassadors for our team and the university."
While swimmers at Illinois State Halley and Livingston have broken a number of school records. Halley was part the record breaking 200-yard medley relay (1:44.47), 400-yard medley relay (3:48.63), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.80) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.15). Halley was also named 2013-14 team captain. Livingston holds the school record for the 200-yard breaststroke (2:21.15).
"All of the seniors have had terrific careers while at Illinois State, and have contributed significantly to our success in dual-meets, invitationals and at the MVC Championships," Paska said. "They have been part of teams who have finished second at the championships the last three years."
Diving coach Phil Hoffmann is proud of the role Kopp has as a team captain on the Illinois swimming and diving.
"This weekend's senior meet will be bittersweet," Hoffmann said. "Maggie is an outstanding member and leader on the Illinois State diving team. She is coming off of a great week of training and I am looking forward to her performance at this weekend's meet. I think one more week of competition at home will be good for the student-athletes before we hit the road for the remainder of our season."