Redbirds Defeat Nebraska-Omaha, Start the Season 2-0
Brittany Tazzioli
Brittany Tazzioli

Oct. 22, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team swam past Nebraska-Omaha Saturday in its first ever competition against the Mavericks in Omaha, Neb. The Redbirds 177.5-122.5 victory puts them 2-0 in their 2011-12 season.

"The win was a lot like our Evansville defeat, being that it was a total team effort" head coach Steve Paska said. "I'm very impressed with how the student-athletes arrived in a place they have never swam before and were ready to compete."

Freshman Valerie Jones led the Redbirds with two first place finishes in her two events of the meet. Jones finished first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:36.53. Her first place finish in the 400-yard IM was also a season best swim with a time of 4:38.86.

"Valerie played a huge role in the success the team had," Paska said. "The 1000-yard freestyle was the first individual event of the night. Her winning gave us an edge early on, and the team was able to build off that momentum."

The meet also saw freshman swimmers Keely Hunt, Emily Langlotz, Alexis Nash and Cecilia Holmes record personal best performances to add to the team's overall success. Hunt swam a time of 11:05.61 in the 1000-yard freestyle. Langlotz broke her personal best in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:23.14.

Nash beat her personal record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:15.61. Holmes gave a personal best performance with a 2nd place finish in the 400-yard IM, recording a time of 4:39.29.

Senior diver Brittany Tazzioli put the Redbirds ahead, winning both the 1 and 3 meter boards. Tazzioli scored a 249.75 in the 1-meter and an overall score of 237.25 in the 3-meter dive. Junior Madicyn Prouty also gave an outstanding performance against the Mavs, recording a personal best score of 245.43 on the 1-meter dive.



"It was a great meet on the road for us," head diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "I always think it's important for the athletes to dive in a new environment, and they gave an impressive performance in their first dual meet on the road. We are now looking forward to training hard for the next two weeks before our next dual meet against Illinois."

The Redbirds next competition will be held Friday, Nov. 11, at Illinois, with the meet scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.

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