Zhang broke the school record in the 3-meter dive with a score of 389.00, a record that has stood since 1996.
Nov. 23, 2013
By Tim McCaughan
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Southern Illinois swimming and diving team wrapped up the Mizzou Invitational, a three-day competition Saturday with the men finishing fourth of six and the women finishing seventh out of 12.
Sophomore Kaixuan 'Sherry' Zhang highlighted the event for the Salukis as she swept both the 1 and 3-meter diving events. The Hu Bei, China native bested the competition by a large margin with scores of 309.90 and 389.00. Zhang's 3-meter score of 389.00 shattered the school record set in 1996 by Lisa Holland (313.55).
"Sherry dove very well and overcame a lot of nerves," said diving coach Joy Zhao. "She competed against 46 other divers and all of her dives were beautiful."
The Salukis faced tough competition as they competed against several high profile swim clubs, including Arkansas, UC-Davis, Utah, as well as nationally ranked Texas A&M (22), and host school Missouri (18).
Sophomore Till Pallmann secured two top-five individual finishes for the Salukis. The Zweibrucken, Germany native finished third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.10 and fourth in the 100 freestyle at 44.49.
Pamela Benitez took fourth place in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:33.52 while taking fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:49.01).
Pallmann teamed up with Dusan Vukobrat, Calvin Kolar and Andres Saavedra to take fifth in the 200 medley relay (1:30.91) and Vukobrat, Saavedra, Pallmann and Esteavo Andrade took fifth place in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:01.06.
The Salukis are at their season break until January when they travel to Little Rock, Ark. for a tri-meet with Arkansas-Little Rock and Ouachita Baptist.