The Salukis had the most athletes earn Distinguished Scholar Athlete honors of any MAC men’s swimming program.
SIU had the third-most athletes receive conference academic honors, and registered one of only three 4.0 GPAs in the MAC.
The academic accolades for SIU continues to pile up
Head coach Rick Walker was named MAC Coach of the Year, while SIU also earned Most Outstanding Swimmer and Diver with Pallmann and Skelton.
Joao Facciotti doubled on the day with an A Final finish in the 200-yard freestyle and a B Final finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
2014-15 (Junior): Academic All-Mac Team…Competed in four meets…Placed 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle at the MAC Championships…Made his season debut against UALR/WUSTL, competing in three events…Earned a fourth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke against Evansville in the regular season finale.
2013-14 (Sophomore): An Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC selection...Competed in 10 meets...Posted his only win of the season in the 50 freestyle at the Henderson Invitational...Finished in the top-three nine times during the season...Swam the 11th-fastest time in the 50 freestyle at the MAC Championships...Was a key member of the Saluki relay team.
2012-13 (Freshman): Joined the team for the spring 2013 season...Competed in three meets...Posted runner-up finish in the 50 free against Evansville...Finished 16th in the 100 back at the MAC Championship.
High School: Colombian national junior champion in the 100-meter backstroke...Meta state record holder in the 50- and 100-meter backstroke and freestyle...Set to compete on the Colombian National Team in the South America Junior Championship in March 2013.
Personal: Full given name is Andres Felipe Saavedra Sanchez...Son of Claudia Sanchez Ruiz and Andres Saavedra...Has one sibling...Majoring in architecture.