Yontz and Zhang Earn MVC Swimmer and Diver of the Week
Nov. 7, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - Sophomores Marissa Yontz and Wenting Zhang were named Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week Nov. 6 after contributing to the Redbirds victorious weekend against Truman State and conference opponent Northern Iowa. This is the third time Zhang has received the honor.
After having a record breaking weekend, Zhang earned the honor of Diver of the Week for the third time this season. On Friday night against Truman State, Zhang broke two Horton Pool records. First, on the 1-meter board (302.47) and then breaking the pool record on the 3-meter board (315.15). In both events Zhang earned first-place. On Saturday afternoon, she continued to break records against Northern Iowa. She broke her own school record on the 3-meter board (322.20). Her performance on the 3-meter board and 1-meter board (299.70) were both first-place finishes.
"Anytime an athlete receives this honor it is a big deal and especially after this weekend. This means a lot and is well deserved she broke not only two pool records but also a school record," diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. "Cheri Zhang from Southern Illinois also deserves this honor. Cheri had a phenomenal weekend of competition, and I think both student-athletes are looking forward to the rest of the season. This week is a sign that good things are to come at the MVC Conference Championships."
Yontz had a strong weekend in swimming, which gave her the honor of MVC Swimmer of the Week. On Friday night against Truman State, she won first-place in the 50-yard freestyle (24.35) and 100-yard freestyle (52.99). She also led off the pool record breaking 800-yard freestyle relay (7:46.83). Yontz's times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle were a season best performance. On Saturday, Yontz continued earning first-place finishes against Northern Iowa. She finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (53.14) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.67).Her time in the 100-yard butterfly was also a season best performance.
"Marissa had an outstanding weekend of swim meets. She contributed significantly in the victories over Truman State and Northern Iowa, and in the events she swam in it shows her competitiveness. She loves to race and she loves to sprint, and that showed this past weekend, head coach Steve Paska said. "She has been training consistently, and she has taken advantage of the opportunities she has to race and be competitive. Her persistence in practice and the ability she has to race is something that is going to be a big part of her success here at Illinois State, and I am really glad to be a part of that."
The Redbirds will return to the Horton Pool to compete against Illinois Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.
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