Oct. 7, 2011
By John Lock
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The SIU women's swimming and diving team beat Evansville on Friday, 143-100, in the first road and conference action for the Salukis. The women took 10 of 13 events.
"Evansville came out fired up and ready to do some racing," head coach Rick Walker said. "For being our first real competition, I thought we did well. We've been doing some heavy training, so we're tired, and I know we're tired. But the effort was there today, and that makes me really proud of the team. It's a good win."
Nine different individuals won events for the Salukis. After the team won the 400-yard medley relay, Jennifer Kwok won the 1,000-yard freestyle, Jill Weckbach won the 200-yard freestyle, Hannah Pinion won the 200-yard individual medley, Anna Beeck won the one-meter dive, Jessica England won the 200-yard butterfly, Rachael Barry won the 100-yard freestyle, Kristy Hinkle won the 200-yard backstroke, Kirsten Groome won the 500-yard freestyle, and Brittany Weigel won the three-meter dive.
"There are some great performances in there," Walker said. "Hannah (Pinion) is just a freshman and she came out and won her first event of the year. Susan Minkle swam a great time, then jumped out of the pool and swam a relay for us, which was a gutsy effort. I'm proud of the way our team represented us out there."
The Saluki men's team hosts Evansville and Miami (OH) tomorrow morning at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium at 10 a.m. The women are next in action on Oct. 15, when both the men and women travel to Missouri State for a dual meet.