Swimming & Diving open season with Saluki Miler and 5K Swim

    Junior Hannah Pinion

    Junior Hannah Pinion

    Sept. 26, 2013

    By Tim McCaughan

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's and women's swimming teams open the season this weekend with two events against Illinois State and Ohio Wesleyan this weekend.

    The Salukis open with the Saluki Miler (1650 yards) at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium in the SIU Recreation Center. On Saturday morning, the Salukis, Redbirds and Bishops will compete in the 5K Open Water race at Little Grassy Lake in Makanda, Ill., at 10 a.m.

    "This is a great opportunity for our distance swimmers to compete early in the season," head coach Rick Walker said. "Our distance swimmers get in shape quickly, but a lot of programs start their seasons with sprint races. This gives us the chance to incorporate our distance swimmers early and let them show what they can do."