SIU finishes up first day of Purdue Invitational and Phoenix Fall Classic

    Head coach Rick Walker

    Head coach Rick Walker

    Nov. 16, 2012

    Purdue Invitational Results | Phoenix Fall Classic Results

    By John Lock

    The Southern Illinois swimming and diving teams wrapped up the first day of two meets, the Purdue Invitational and the Phoenix Fall Classic. At the Purdue Invitational, the men are in fifth place and the women are in sixth place.

    "We had some great swims tonight, especially after a rough morning," head coach Rick Walker, who is with the team in West Lafayette, Ind., said. "The group came back tonight and really attacked the races, and we got better results because of it."

    At the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., Till Pallmann posted an impressive third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:26.84). Pallmann's finish was the top finish for both the men's and women's team.

    The finals session started with a sixth-place finish for the women's 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:37.28). The men's 200 free relay team posted a fourth-place finish (1:21.57). Pallmann continued his strong showing in the meet with a 19.99 split. All four men (Juan Arbelaez, Shaun Wolfe, Pallman, Oleg Rabota) in the event swam better than 20.70 splits. Pamela Benitez scored seven points for the Salukis with a second-place finish in the B Final of the 500-yard freestyle.

    Pallmann competed in his second A Final in the 200-yard individual medley. He finished sixth in the event (1:50.99). Luisa Silveira finished third in the B Final in the 50-yard freestyle (23.84). On the men's side, Juan Arbelaez finished eighth in the 50-yard free (20.45).



    The meet continues tomorrow with a preliminary session at 9 a.m. CT and another finals session scheduled for 5 p.m.

    At the Phoenix Fall Classic, hosted by the University of Chicago, the men sit in third place and the women are in are in fourth.

    "After the first session, we looked pretty good," associate head coach Scott Olson, who is with the swimmers in Chicago, said. "We achieved season bests and, in some cases, we flirted with lifetime performances. We're racing against some strong schools going for their national cuts, and our swimmers have been fighting all the way to the end. It's been really fun to watch."

    The men's 200-yard freestyle relay team started off the first session of the meet with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Esteavo Andrade, George Minkel, Eddy Lynk and Marco Madeira teamed up to get the win.

    Caleb Coots finished sixth in the mile. Ella Otto, Melissa Larocque, Rachael Barry and Shailey Brumley teamed up for a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay for the women's team.

    Tomorrow's preliminary session starts at 10 a.m. CT and the finals session starts at 6 p.m. CT.