Feb. 14, 2014
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's swimming and diving team sits in third place after two days of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Southern has accumulated 386 points, trailing Missouri State and Illinois State and leading Evansville, Northern Iowa and Arkansas-Little Rock.
The 200-yard medley relay to kick off the session, and the Missouri State Bears continued their dominance in the event, winning their eleventh straight race and breaking the record they set at last years MVC Championship. The team of Sarah James, Holly Johnson, Isabela Castro, and Luisa Silveira finished the race in fourth place, securing the fourth-fastest time in school history with a time of 1:44.47.
Junior Hannah Pinion was the lone Saluki to compete in the 400-yard IM. As the seventh seed in the A Final, Pinion finished in seventh place with a time of 4:31.65. Missouri State's Briana Horozewski won the race in 4:20.58.
Southern placed three swimmers in the top six in the B Final of the 100-yard butterfly. Isabela Castro finished second (57.14) and Shailey Brumley (58.10) finished in fourth. Rachael Barry (58.36) Lauren Stockton (58.63) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
The fourth event of the evening was the 200-yard freestyle. Pamela Benitez did not disappoint as the race came down to .04 hundredths of a second. In the final leg of the race Benitez edged out Illinois State's Marissa Yontzto earn her first title of the MVC Championship this year. Helena Amorim (1:53.56) finished eighth in the A Final and Ella Otto (1:55.25) finished sixth in the B Final. SIU had four swimmers competing in the In the 100-yard breaststroke, Holly Johnson (1:05.17) finished seventh in the A Final. Riley Schroedter finished eighth in the B Final while Kristina Ksarjian (1:08.08) and Silveira (1:09.93) finished second and fourth in the C Final, respectively.
The Salukis had a five swimmers that scored tonight in the 100-yard backstroke, including two in the A Final. Sarah James (56.54) and Ella Otto (56.70) finished fifth and seventh in the A Final. Missouri State's Anna Ahlin (54.38) continued her dominance in the event, winning for the fourth consecutive year, and breaking the MVC Championship record that she set at last years Championship.
The Salukis wrapped up day two of the MVC Championship with a bang. The Salukis finished the 800-yard freestyle relay at second place, just beating a Missouri State team. The team of Amorim, Otto, Timms, and Benitez. Benitez swam an impressive last leg to secure the finish for SIU, besting a MSU team by just a half-second.
The MVC Championship wraps up tomorrow with a 10 a.m. preliminary and 4 p.m. final session at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium in the SIU Rec Center.
1. Missouri State - 647.5
2. Illinois State - 461.5
3. Southern Illinois - 386
4. Evansville - 273
5. Northern Iowa - 226
6. Arkansas-Little Rock - 161