Dec. 8, 2007
By Ryan Shaw
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University swimming & diving teams played host to the Saint Louis University Billikens on Saturday morning. The Saluki women posted a 160-96 victory over SLU, while the SIU men won 181-73.
The Salukis got off to a good start, taking first in both the men's and women's 400 Medley Relay. For the women, Kelly Dvorak, Julie Ju, Lisa Jaquez and Tovah Gasparovich combined for a time of 3:56.94 to win the event. On the men's side, Kyle Riekena, Jameson Kuper, Antonio Santoro and Gareth McGee posted a 3:27.66 for the win.
The Billikens picked up a win in the 1,650 Free with Katie Robertson's 18:07.90. SIU's Karin Mullendore took second place in the event with a time of 18:10.07. Colton Kleynhans collected a victory in the event for the men with a time of 16:36.08.
The Saluki women swept the top three spots in the 200 Free. Isabel Madeira won the event with a time of 1:54.52, while Keli Kramer and Emily Duerringer finished second and third with times of 1:59.59 and 2:00.10, respectively. McGee won the event for the men with a time of 1:42.42.
The women posted another top-three sweep in the 50 Free as Therese Mattsson (1st, 24.32), Ju (2nd, 24.40) and Gasparovich (3rd, 24.99) touched the wall first. On the men's side, Dennis Hedo won the event with a time of 21.19.
The Saluki women posted another relay victory as Kelly Dvorak, Ju, Kasey Fernandez and Mattsson won the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:47.83. For the men, SIU's Riekena, Tim Silkaitis, Antonio Santoro and Pat Sullivan won the event with a time of 1:36.58.
Jaquez, Fernandez and Abby Blank swept the top three pots of the 200 Fly with times of 2:09.85, 2:14.76 and 2:15.42, respectively. Kleynhans won the event for the men with a time of 1:56.97, while Ivan Zgomba finished second with a time of 1:57.63.
The Saluki women took the top three spots in the 100 Free. Mattsson (52.31) finished in first, Madeira (53.37) took second and Gasparovich (55.08) placed third. SLU's Brad Byars won the event for the men with a time of 45.27. McGee (46.35), Hedo (47.51) and Ackermann (48.50) finished second through fourth in the event.
Kelly Dvorak won the 200 Back, touching the wall at 2:09.65. Marrucho and Silkaitis took first and second in the event with times of 1:54.06 and 1:57.61, respectively.
In the 500 Free, Karin Mullendore won the event with a time of 5:20.31. Santoro won the event for the Saluki men with a time of 4:34.66, a full 17 seconds before the next finisher. SIU's Zach Harris and Kleynhans finished second and third with times of 4:51.54 and 4:53.75.
Ju dominated the 200 Breast with a time of 2:20.18, finishing 13 seconds before the next swimmer. Kuper and Christopher Gaffney finished first and second in the event for the men with times of 2:10.50 and 2:16.44, respectively.
The Billikens posted the top two scores in the 1-meter diving event as Anna Larson and Emily Walter notched a 242.25 and a 209.70, respectively. Kyle Carevic and John Mueller finished first and second in the 1-meter with scores of 273.07 and 196.79, respectively.
The Saluki women completed their sweep of the day's relays with a win in the 800 Free Relay. Madeira, Danielle Quarry, Jaquez and Blank posted a time of 7:59.73 in the event. Kleynhans, Ray Sophie, Marrucho and Santoro won the event with a time of 6:57.28.
SLU's Larson won the 3-meter diving event with a score of 247.80. SIU's Nicolle Macvey placed second with a score of 194.92. Carevic and Mueller posted the best scores in the men's 3-meter. Carevic scored 245.10 to finish first, while Mueller posted a 228.00 for second place.
The Salukis will next travel to Puerto Rico for a week of training over winter break, which will end with a competition on Jan. 8.