The Redbirds Take Second-Place in Day Two of MVC Championships
Feb. 14, 2014
Carbondale, Ill. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team held third-place after a long fight in the pool today at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. The Redbirds maintained their standings while reaching first-place and second-place in multiple events and setting new season and personal bests.
"Today was an enormous day for the Redbirds," Paska said. "It was filled with new season and personal bests and seven new school records. I am extremely proud of how our student-athletes performed today. It was an exciting day for us and we only have one day left with two more sessions to go. I am looking forward to watching our swimmers and divers retain our position in the Valley at second-place."
The 200-yard medley relay team made up of Sammy Schuckles, Courtney Taylor, Lexi Nash and Erica Halley started the Redbirds off on the right foot for the finals setting a new school record. The relay earned second-place with a final time of 1:42.50. Schuckles broke the school record in the 50-yard backstroke during her portion of the race with a time of 25.75.
The Redbirds continued with momentum in the 400-yard IM when Cecilia Holmes broke the school record landing her in second-place place with a new personal best time of 4:23.92. Valerie Jones also set a new personal best in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:31.24 Keely Hunt new personal record was set in the prelims of day two with a time of 4:37.46.
The 100-yard butterfly was led by Redbirds, Nash earning first-place (55.17) and setting her new personal best record. Kristin Verkler in second with a final time of 56.17 setting a new personal best. During the prelim portion of the meet Emily Langlotz set a new personal best with a time of 59.59.
The meet continued with the 200-yard freestyle where Marissa Yontz set a new personal best taking home second-place (1:50.04) and setting a new school record. Yontz was followed by Laura Paskoff in fourth (1:52.15) who set her new personal best. Maddie Farrell earned a new personal best in the finals with a time of 1:58.33. Katherine Nelson set a new season best for herself in the 200-yard freestyle finishing with a time of 1:54.49. Yvette Kruk (1:54.36) and Katelyn Kresal (1:54.49) set new personal best times during their prelim on day two.
Taylor led the Redbirds in the 100-yard breaststroke finishing in fourth-place. Taylor also broke the school record and personal best time in her performance during the prelims with a time of 1:03.59. During her prelim performance Taylor set a new school record for the 50-yard breaststroke (29.35). April Livingston was right behind her with a season best time, eighth-place finish and final time of 1:07.07. Allison Soper finished in 13th with a time of 1:06.97.
Schuckles, Nash and Halley all placed in the top ten for the 100-yard backstroke. Schuckles earned second-place and achieved a new school record with a time of 56.06. Nash trailed behind in sixth-place (56.65) setting a new personal record and Halley with new personal record of 57.01 in the prelims. Kresal set a new season best 58.61 and so did Tara Gidaszewski (1:00.71) in the 100-yard backstroke.
Wenting Zhang finished day two strong breaking the Illinois State school record on the three meter board with a final score of 360.55. She will go on tomorrow to compete in the finals.
Illinois State ended the day on a high note taking home first-place in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:30.81) consisting of Yontz, Verkler, Paskoff and Holmes. This was the third year the Redbirds won this events and earned a new season best.
The Redbirds will begin their final day of competition tomorrow with the prelims at 10 am and the finals concluding the weekend at 4:00 pm.
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