Redbirds Head to Nebraska-Omaha
Tori Alland
Tori Alland

Oct. 21, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team heads west to compete in its first dual meet on the road against Nebraska-Omaha Saturday, at 1 p.m. It will be the first time the two teams have competed against one another.

Head swimming coach Steve Paska is confident about his team traveling to compete in an unfamiliar environment.

"We're looking forward to rising to the challenge of swimming against a new school," Paska said. "The UNO head coach, Todd Samland, runs a very solid program. They've had very successful teams, so it should be an exciting competition."

The diving team will also be diving against new competition this weekend.

"I'm always interested to see how our student-athletes dive against outside competition," head diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "No matter what conference or school, I think it's important to see different kinds of divers."

The Redbirds are coming off a 182-113 win last Saturday against Evansville. April Livingston broke the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke, and many swimmers recorded season best times.

Although the team's enthusiasm is high after defeating their Missouri Valley Conference opponent, the Redbirds are by no means over- confident.

"We know we have a lot to work on, especially traveling to a new pool and swimming against a school we've never seen before," Paska said. "We have the confidence of knowing we can compete at the level we did last Saturday this early in the season, and we want that to carry over to this upcoming Saturday. I believe in this group. Between the mixture of solid senior leadership, strong returning upperclassmen, along with the ten-member freshman class, we have a great blend of youth and experience."

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