Salukis fall to Missouri State

    Till Pallmann picked up the only two wins for the Saluki men on the day.

    Till Pallmann picked up the only two wins for the Saluki men on the day.

    Nov. 2, 2013

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    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Southern Illinois swimming and diving team fell to Missouri State Saturday. The women's team fell 121.5-119.5 while the men dropped theirs, 148-95.

    Pamela Benitez, Till Pallmann, and Cheri Zhang highlighted the meet for the Salukis. Benitez, the Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week last week, won all three events she competed in. Pallmann, a sophomore, won both of his individual events, while Zhang swept the springboards for the second time this season.

    On the women's side, Benitez won the 1000- free (10:16.29), 500- free (5:02.62), and the 200- free (1:51.85). Freshman Sarah James picked up a win in the 200- backstroke with a time of 2:06.42 and Luisa Silveira won the 50- free in 24.11. Hannah Pinion picked up a second place finish in the 200- medley (2:10.82) and Helena Amorim placed second in the 1000- free with a time of 10:30.60. Isabela Castro finished second in the 200- fly (2:07.00) and Holly Johnson finished third in the 50-free (24.81), respectively.

    Morgan Timms, Riley Schroedter, Lauren Stockton and Rachael Barry teamed up to take the 400- medley relay by five second over a MSU team with a time of 3:35.38, while Johnson, Silveira, Amorim and Ella Otto finished in second place in the 400- free relay (3:34.96).

    Zhang swept the 1-meter dive with a score of 329.40 and the 3-meter dive by four points over teammate Esther Chen with a score of 341.25.

    On the men's side, Pallmann picked up the only two wins for the Saluki men. Pallmann won the 500- free (4:34.22) and the 200- free (1:39.81). Kegan Skelton won the 3-meter dive (367.42) and took second place in the 1-meter with a score of 322.80.

    Junior Calvin Kolar picked up two second place finishes. He finished the 200- IM with a time of 1:56.18 and the 200- breaststroke (2:05.93). Andres Saavedra finished second in the 50- free (21.52) followed by Shaun Wolfe (21.69), respectively.

    Oleg Rabota, Matt Frey, Eric Sparks and Kolar finished second in the 400- medley relay with a time of 3:27.97 while Pallmann, Wolfe, Saavedra and Esteavo Andrade teamed up for a second place finish in the 400- freestyle relay (3:05.54).

    SIU will be back in action on Nov. 8-9 when they travel to Arkadelphia, Ark. for the Henderson Invitational.