Swimming and Diving sweep events against Arkansas-Little Rock and Ouachita Baptist

    Sophomore Helena Amorim picked up three wins on the day for the Salukis.

    Sophomore Helena Amorim picked up three wins on the day for the Salukis.

    Jan. 18, 2014

    SIUSalukis.com
    By Tim McCaughan

    Little Rock, Ark. -- The Southern Illinois swimming and diving team turned in a dominating performance Saturday afternoon against Arkansas-Little Rock and Ouachita Baptist. The women bested Ouachita Baptist, 192-43 while defeating MVC newcomer Arkansas-Little Rock, 177-60. The Saluki men won their matchup over Ouachita Baptist, 158-62.

    The Salukis combined to take 21-of-26 events on the day. The men and women won nine races each while the diving squad took three events.

    "With this being the first meet after a long break, I felt our athletes responded by swimming their races well," said head coach Rick Walker. "We performed under less than perfect conditions and picked up a good win over our new conference foe."

    Helena Amorim highlighted the day for the Saluki women. Amorim won three individual events on the day including the 1000-yard freestyle (10:39.67), 200 freestyle (1:59.05), and the 500 freestyle (5:10.53). Isabela Castro picked up wins in the 200 backstroke (2:07.87) and the 200 IM (2:12.70). Freshman Sarah James won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.57.

    Senior Oleg Rabota won both the 200 freestyle (1:43.81) and the 200 backstroke (1:54.17). Shaun Wolfe took the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.55. Olaf Meller took first in the 100 freestyle (47.35) and finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.62.

    Sophomore Till Pallmann finished the day with two individual wins, first taking the 200 medley (1:55.13), then winning the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.26.

    The Saluki men and women swept their relay events for the day. Sarah James, Holly Johnson, Luisa Silveira and Castro took the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.54, while Pamela Benitez , Shailey Brumley, Johnson and Silveira took the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.73).

    Andres Saavedra, Calvin Kolar, Dusan Vukobrat, and Wolfe won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.31 while Meller, Pallmann, Wolfe and Saavedra took the 200 freestyle relay by two seconds over an Ouachita Baptist relay team (1:25.13).

    Diving took 3-of-4 events on the day. Esther Chen won the 1-meter event (319.88) and Cheri Zhang won the 3-meter dive (345.53) on the women's side.  Kegan Skelton took the 1-meter dive on the men's side with a score of 329.10.

    SIU will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Champaign for a dual meet with Illinois and Olivet Nazarene.


     

     

    Saturday, Jan 17
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. 10:00 AM
    Saturday, Feb 7
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, Feb 18
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. 6:00 PM
    Thursday, Feb 19
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. All Day
    Friday, Feb 20
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. All Day
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