Nov. 18, 2011
By John Lock
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Southern Illinois swimming and diving teams finished the three-day Tennessee Invitational today. Justin Wolfe highlighted the Invitational for SIU, dominating the 100 butterfly against a loaded field.
"The was just an awesome experience," assistant coach Scott Olson said. "To be here competing against half the SEC was great, and I think we showed that we belonged to be swimming with some of the top programs in the country. We competed well in a field with Olympians and future Olympians."
The men finished fifth and the women finished seventh at the event. The teams took home a host of top-10 finishes, but Wolfe's 100 butterfly was the only Saluki win.
"That was a big highlight for us," Olson said. "The crowds from the other schools were stunned, but he really dominated that race from start to finish. He got out to a lead quick and won it convincingly. Our little Southern Illinois corner was going crazy."
Wolfe teamed with his brother, Shaun Wolfe, and Matt Parsons and Juan Arbelaez to take third in the 200 freestyle relay. Parsons also took home a pair of top-10 finishes. He finished eighth in the 200 freestyle and 10th in the 500 freestyle.
"This type of meet is definitely going to help us down the road," Olson said. "When we get to the conference meet, this big meet experience is going to be a help."