Redbirds To Host Western Illinois, Travel To Butler With Youngstown
Captain Christine Steinbach
Captain Christine Steinbach

Nov. 1, 2007

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State swimmers and divers have a busy weekend ahead of them, hosting Western Illinois at home Friday, Nov. 2, and traveling to Indianapolis to take on Butler and Youngstown State Saturday, Nov. 3.

Head coach Steve Paska is looking forward to the challenge of hosting Western Illinois.

"The head coach, Nathan Mundt, at Western has done a terrific job rebuilding the program," said Paska. "They have had an outstanding start to their season, breaking the 61 dual-meet winning streak Saint Louis formerly held, and then defeating Monmouth College. Western has some top swimmers in certain events and they are a solid group of swimmers overall. They are coming to Normal very competitive and will be a challenge for the Redbirds."

Paska is up to the challenge for back-to-back meets but keeps focus on one meet at a time.

"We have to keep our mind set on the particular meet ahead of us," Paska said. "Our primary focus right now is to compete in Horton pool against Western Illinois on Friday. After that meet is finished we will be traveling to Butler along with Youngstown State. I have heard wonderful things about their new facility and I look forward to competing against new faces and new teams."

This weekend is an important tool for deciding the line-up for the Akron Invitational. Paska is anticipating putting the pieces in the right place.

"With these two days of competition, the team can compete in all the events that we will be competing in at the Akron Invite," Paska said. "The team will be able to compete in both the 200 and 400-yard IM (individual medley) as well as the 1000-yard and mile freestyle. It is a huge weekend because we can figure out the best possible Redbird line-up for the last home meet of the semester against Illinois and Akron."

Head diving coach Phil Hoffmann is also looking forward to competing against the Leathernecks, and former ISU diver Kaitlin Schneider, WIU's current diving coach.



"I'm looking forward to competing against another Illinois team," said Hoffmann. "Western's diving coach, Kaitlin Schneider is a former diver here when I was a student-assistant. She has done a great job producing some strong divers over the past few years and I am looking forward to competing against her divers. I am also excited for freshman Corrie Heine to have more meet experience and use some new dives this weekend."

Friday's meet is slated to begin at 5 p.m. at Horton pool. The `Birds will then travel to Butler with Youngstown Saturday Nov. 3. Meet time is set at 1:30 p.m.