Illinois State Swimming and Diving Visits Western Illinois
Junior Katelyn Prorok
Junior Katelyn Prorok

Oct. 16, 2008

NORMAL, Ill. - After flying past competition last weekend, the Illinois State swimming and diving team will travel to Western Illinois Friday to take on the Westerwinds at Brophy Hall Pool in Macomb, Ill. Missouri Valley Conference reigning Swimmer of the Week sophomore Lauren Terzis and MVC Diver of the Week junior Katelyn Prorok will help lead the Redbirds in the pool and on the diving board.

This meet follows a very successful home dual-meet for the Redbirds and is their fourth-consecutive weekend of competition for the Illinois State swimmers and divers. Head coach Steve Paska feels the student-athletes have been performing very well this season.

"We are still striving for consistency," Paska said. "The objectives of this meet are to win and to swim with consistency. It's all about racing right now, especially during this time of the season. The girls have done an exceptional job during the last three weeks. Practices have been very intense, the girls are training exceptionally well and they need to carry that forward into the meet this weekend."

As Paska looks forward to this meet, he feels it is also good preparation for the upcoming Akron Invitational which takes place in December.

"I always think we should try to take it one week at a time, but as we head into Akron we are trying to put everything together," Paska said. "We are trying to determine the best line-up for the upcoming Akron Invitational. Every opportunity an athlete has to compete in an event will help determine what I believe will be our strongest Redbird line up for that given weekend."

Head diving coach Phil Hoffmann is looking forward to see the Redbird divers compete this weekend.

"The pool set up at Western Illinois is going to allow us to bring our whole team," Hoffmann said. "It's going to be great to have the whole team together on a road meet. A lot of the girls have gotten their full three-meter lists back, so I look forward to all six of our girls being able to compete on both boards."