Top Performances Not Enough to Defeat In-State Rival Illinois
Jan. 24, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a second meeting between the Illinois State swimming and diving team and in-state rival Illinois this season, sophomore Lauren Terzis and junior Katelyn Prorok each achieved first-place finishes for the Redbirds, however it was not enough to overcome the Big Ten Conference competition as the `Birds fell to the Fighting Illini 219-81, Saturday, at the ARC pool in Champaign, Ill.
"It was an exciting dual-meet, there were a lot of people in the crowd, and I think the girls had a lot of performances that they can be proud of," said head swimming and diving coach Steve Paska. "The girls raced very competitively. They want to race and they want to swim fast meet after meet. It is 21 days until Missouri Valley Conference Championships, and it is that time in the season where whoever wants to race at Conference is putting forth effort."
Terzis swam past competition in the 1,000-yard freestyle event as she touched the wall with a time of 10:21.44. Terzis went on to achieve a fifth-place finish and season-best time of 2:11.84 in the 200-yard butterfly event. Freshman Michele Stoeppelman and junior Caitlin Falconer followed Terzis' lead as each recorded a personal-best time in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Stoeppelman finished the event with a third-place time of 10:31.52, while Falconer took eighth with a time of 10:59.84. Sophomore Christine Byron achieved a season-best time of 11:01.13, claiming fifth place for the Redbirds.
"Lauren's time in the 1,000-yard freestyle is two one hundredths off of her personal-best time," Paska said. "She had an outstanding race, and used smart strategy in her racing. Equally exciting is Michele, who recorded a personal-best time in the event. It was a solid race for Michele; she is coming on strong and she will do great in the future. Caitlin and Christine also each had fine performances, recording personal-best and season-best times. The 1,000-yard freestyle was an exciting way for us to begin the meet."
Freshman Erin Hayden achieved a personal-best time in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing eighth with a time of 59.55. In a season-best swim, sophomore Ashley Bachler swam the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 55.94. Freshman Lauren Pojman swam the 200-yard breaststroke in a personal-best time of 2:35.86.
Seniors Lauren Williams and Erin Woodruff, freshmen Jessica McGee and Sarah Piechocinski, and sophomores Byron and Caitlin Costa all achieved season-best times at the dual-meet. Piechocinski swam the 100-yard backstroke in a sixth-place time of 1:03.67. Williams and McGee each recorded personal-best times in the 100-yard breaststroke. William placed sixth with a time 1:10.82, while McGee finished closely behind with a time of 1:11.16, taking seventh.
Byron swam the 200-yard backstroke for the `Birds, finishing fourth with a time of 2:10.01. Woodruff took third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:14.59, while Costa took seventh with a time of 5:26.46.
Sophomore Amy Schaefer achieved a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:07.74, as freshman Sarah Coghlin followed her success as she took fourth place with a season-best time of 2:09.93.
"Our girls did well," Paska said. "This is just the type of meet where we it's hats off to Illinois. Illinois has a solid group of swimmers and I think it was an exciting meet for both Illinois State and Illinois. We're taking this one meet at a time and we have to focus as we travel to Green Bay next weekend."
On the diving side, Prorok led the Redbirds on the diving board, achieving a personal-best and first-place finish on the three-meter board with a final score of 266.10. On the one-meter board Prorok boasted a second-place finish with a score of 247.13. Junior sLiza Perrino and Annette Danilowski also had strong performances on three-meter board. Perrino took third with a personal-best score of 245.85, while Danilowski achieved a season-best finish of 201.68.
"The girls competed very well" said head diving coach Phil Hoffmann. "They really enjoyed Illinois' format for diving (the three-meter board competition was first and the one-meter board competition followed). We competed very well as a team from top to bottom. I was really happy with the leadership from Katelyn and Liza. I was happy with everybody's performance, especially those that had personal bests and season bests today."
The Redbirds will travel to Green Bay, Wis. to take on Green Bay and Youngstown State in a double dual-meet Saturday, Jan. 31 at noon.