Women's Swimming Hits The Road For Action Against Drury College

    The Salukis are led by Brooke Radostits in the 200-yard backstroke and a strong set of relay teams.

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    October 5, 2000

    Carbondale, Ill. -

    The Southern Illinois University Carbondale men and women's swim teams travel to Springfield, Missouri for a meet against Division-II powerhouse Drury College Saturday.

    "Drury is a very strong team," SIU men's coach Rick Walker said. "They are the Division-II national champions, but I don't know if they are as strong as they have been in the past. But in terms of a dual meet I'm kind of anxious to see what we look like. I know what we look like on paper, but when it comes out through action it really tells you what you have to and what you can look forward to."

    The Saluki men and Drury have the same strengths and weaknesses. Sprints is where the battles are going to be and that is where Olympian Chris Papachrysanthou makes his presence felt. The Cyprus native is strong in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events where he posted NCAA provisional times in both the 50 and 100 at the MVC championships last season.

    "We have Luke Wotruba back in the 200 butterfly and he will make us stronger there," Walker added. "We are coming back with some seasoned veterans who have another year under their belts, so it"s going to be an interesting meet."

    The Panthers, under the direction of head coach Brian Reynolds, claimed their first NCAA-II men's title this past spring. The men's team had finished in the top three in the nation the past four years. Prior to competing in the Division-Ii, Drury claimed seven NAIA national championships from 1988 to 1994. The women have won the 1997, 1998 and 1999 NCAA-II national championships after finishing third in 1995 and 1996. Prior to competing in the NCAA-II, the women's team captured three straight NAIA national titles from 1992 to 1994.

    The Saluki women are led by Brooke Radostits in the 200-yard backstroke and a strong set of relay teams. Radostits, a junior from Park Forest, swam a MVC championship time of 2:03.25 last season and joined Jenna Meckler, Beth Ann Erickson and Melanie Williams on the 400-yard medley relay team to set a MVC championship record. She was also a member of the record-setting 400 freestyle relay team with Meckler, Nicoleta Michalidou and Caty Kinnaman.

    The Dawgs went into each meet last season handicapped because they did not field a diving team. SIU added diving coach Donnie Torres who was head coach at Northwestern University in Chicago last year.