Chris Jordan picked up his first win of the season on his Senior Day.
Feb. 4, 2012
By John Lock
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois swimming and diving teams dominated Evansville on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. In the final tune-up before the conference Championships, the men and women combined to win 21 of 26 events to get wins. The women won 140-102. The men won 155-77, winning all 13 events.
"I was very proud of the way we battled after spending 12 hours on a bus yesterday (for the Ball State meet)," head coach Rick Walker said. "Everything I hoped for from this meet and everything I hoped we could accomplish, we did, so we feel great about where we're at."
The Salukis started off hot, winning the first six events of the day. The men and women alternated wins in the first six events. The women started off the meet by winning the 100-yard medley relay (50.19), and the men followed with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:35.49).
Kirsten Groome won the first individual event of the day, the 500 freestyle (5:08.71), the second day in a row Groome has won the event. Freshman Caleb Coots followed with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:00.04), the first win of his career. Coots added a second win later in the meet with a win in the 500 freestyle (4:53.69).
Pamela Benitez continued to dominate the competition. She followed Coots' win with one of her own in the 200 freestyle (1:54.84). Benitez later won the 250-yard freestyle (2:29.81), pushing her victory total to 12 in 13 individual races this season.
Senior Chris Jordan came through on Senior Day with his first win of the season, winning the 200 freestyle (1:47.01). Juan Arbelaez won the 50 freestyle (20.86) for his fourth win of the season. Steve Wood was another senior to win on Senior Day, posting a victory in the 200 individual medley (1:56.15).
Matt Parsons took home the crown in the 100 butterfly (50.66). Justin Wolfe won the 100 freestyle (46.39) in convincing fashion, taking the crown by more than two seconds. Cesar Perez dominated the 100 backstroke (51.88), winning the event by more than five seconds.
Kristin Geppert became the fourth senior to take home a win on Senior Day with a win in the 50 breaststroke (30:52). Calvin Kolar, a freshman, followed Geppert's win with a victory in the 100 breaststroke (58.77).
SIU finished up the meet by winning two relays. The women won the 100 freestyle relay (46.30) and the men won the 200 freestyle relay (1:24.72).
The Salukis are done with competition until the conference championships. The women will host the MVC Championships on Feb. 16-18 in Dr. Edward J Shea Natatorium. The men will travel to Oxford, Ohio, for the MAC Championships on March 1-3.