Nov. 29, 2012
By John Lock
AUSTIN, Texas - Four Salukis swam on the first day of the USA Swimming AT&T Winter Nationals, with Till Pallmann earning his way into the C Final in the 500-yard freestyle to lead the group.
"This was hard, timing wise, for our athletes, and they answered the challenge," head coach Rick Walker said. "They came from a regular mid-year meet to Thanksgiving to a huge national meet, and they are swimming great times. We're tickled to death that Till was able to swim his way into the finals tonight and perform so well."
Till Pallmann swam the 12-fastest time in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle (4:25.88), winning the C Final. He swam three seconds faster than his preliminary time and was the only Saluki to make the finals on the first day of the three-day competition.
Right after swimming his preliminary heat for the 500-yard freestyle Thursday morning, Pallmann turned around and swam the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.59. Calvin Kolar also swam in the event for SIU, swimming 1:54.42.
Day two starts tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. with the preliminaries. A list of events and Saluki competitors can be found in the chart below. To watch a live stream of tomorrow's action, click HERE for the preliminaries and HERE for the finals, which start at 5 p.m. You can also follow Saluki swimming and diving on Twitter to get up-to-date information. Live stats are available here.
|Day Two--Friday, Nov. 30|
|200 Medley Relay||None|
|400 Individual Medley||Hannah Pinion|
|200 Freestyle||Pamela Benitez, Till Pallmann, Oleg Rabota|
|100 Breaststroke||Calvin Kolar|
|100 Backstroke||Isabela Castro, Oleg Rabota|
|800 Freestyle Relay||None|