Redbirds to Compete in Their First Conference Match Up
Maggie Kopp
Maggie Kopp

Nov. 7, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - - The Redbirds are back at home and will host their first conference match-up of the season Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. against the Evansville Purple Aces at the Horton Pool.

Illinois State is returning home from their four week stent on the road. They are currently 2-1 with victories over Truman State 138-64 and Nebraska-Omaha 201-98. Head Coach Steve Paska is excited to be home and ready to see the swimmers compete in their first conference match up.

"Our dual portion of the season is coming to an end and we are impressed with how the well the swimmers and divers have competed on the road for the past month," said Paska. "The student-athletes have performed consistently and stepped up each weekend achieving impressive times. The Redbirds need to continue to pay attention as we have the opportunity to race one more time before we head to Akron against Evansville. We will be using this meet as our last evaluation tool to help decide some of the swimmer's third event for the Zippy Invitational. I believe this weekend has the makings to be a very exciting and entertaining dual meet. The Purple Aces are off to a terrific start to their season under the direction of Head Coach Ricky Perkins. Each year his team comes ready to race."

After a successful weekend at Illinois, diving coach Phil Hoffman is ready to see how the divers will compete at home against a conference opponent.

"This is our first real meet at home this season, and the divers and I are looking forward to being back after a long run on the road," said Hoffman. "The student-athletes are doing well and on track at this point in the season. The divers are getting excited to compete against a conference opponent at home. Anytime the Redbirds compete against a conference team it is an added bonus to prepare us for the Missouri Valley Conference in February."

After this weekend's meet the Redbirds will have four weeks off to prepare for the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Dec. 6 through the 8 in the Ocasek Natatorium. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.