Redbirds Prepare for Annual Red/White Meet
Oct. 4, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team will return to Horton Pool for the first time this season on Saturday, Oct., 6 at 9 a.m., for the teams annual Red-White Intrasquad Meet. This meet is tradition for the team and is held at the beginning of every season.
The Red-White Intrasquad Meet will be the first time this season the entire team competes. The team opened their season on Sept. 21 at the Saluki Miler in Carbondale, Ill., but only 13 swimmers competed in the distance meets.
The Red-White Intrasquad Meet divides the team into two teams, where they will compete against each other. Head coach Steve Paska is excited for the first home meet and is interested in seeing where the student-athletes are in terms of training.
"It's our first competition with the entire team, and now we have our first test of the 2012-13 season to see where the swimmers and divers are in terms of training. I am looking forward to how the student-athletes race because this meet is going to play a significant role in terms of line up strategies for upcoming dual meets," Paska said. "From this meet we will see what changes or adaptations we have to make as we compete in the Dennis Stark Relays (Oct. 12) and our first dual meet against Evansville (Oct. 27). We are taking it week by week, and I am looking forward to Saturday morning because this is a very exciting event."
At the Saluki Miler, sophomore Cecilia Holmes earned a second-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:45.29) and first-place finish in the 400-yard IM (4:37.43). Following Holmes in the 1650-yard freestyle in third-place was Valerie Jones (17:46.64) and in fourth-place Jeanette Nolte (18:08.51). In the 400-yard IM, Courtney Taylor earned third-place (4:41.82) followed by Nolte in fourth-place (4:42.04).
Senior Danielle Schumacher led the way for the Redbirds during the 5K Open Water Race with a third-place finish (1:04:01.00). Followed in fourth and fifth-place by Jones (1:05:45.00) and Nolte(1:09:39.00), respectively, and freshman Tara Gidaszewski finished in sixth-place (1:11:51.00).
Head diving coach Phil Hoffmann is also excited to see where the team is this far in training.
"Home meets are always a plus because it's a good chance for the student-athletes to get comfortable in their surroundings. I am looking for a relax approach to the meet in terms of competitiveness," Hoffmann said. "This weekend will be a good chance to see where we are with training and see where we need to go. We have been training hard the last few weeks, but the student-athletes are ready to have some fun in front of a home crowd."
GoRedbirds.com: Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.