Redbirds finish Saluki Miler Strong
Valerie Jones
Valerie Jones

Sept. 27, 2013


CARBONDALE, Ill. - - The Illinois State swimming team competed in its first meet of the season at the Saluki Miler in Carbondale,Ill., against Southern Illinois and Ohio Wesleyan. The Redbirds competed in two events, the 1650-yard freestyle and the 400-yard IM.

At the Saluki Miler, junior Cecilia Holmes earned a first-place finish in the 400-yard IM (4:34.58) and third-place in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:46.69). In the 400-yard IM, sophomore Courtney Taylor earned third place (4:40.09). Junior Valerie Jones earned fourth-place in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:48.02) and fifth-place in the 400-yard IM (4:42.50). Redbird newcomer Madeline Farrell earned fifth-place in the 1650-yard freestyle (18:14.24) followed by freshman Yvette Kruk, who earned sixth-place as well as personal best in the 1650-yard freestyle (18:16.80). Senior Erica Halley earned a personal best in the 1650-yard freestyle (18:31.49).

Head coach Steve Paska is pleased with the performance the team had at their first competition in both the 1650-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM.

"This was a solid first meet for Illinois State swimming," said Paska. "The team has been preparing properly for the meet and it was a great way to mix training and racing for them. It really gave the distance swimmers a chance in the spotlight and I was impressed with all of the swimmers who competed in the 1650-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM. They swam both events with only a 20 or 40 minute break in between. We are definitely headed in the right direction, and this competition gave swimmers the chance to see their benchmark and where they can start improving."



The Redbirds will compete again today, Saturday, September 28, in the open-water 5K at Little Grassy Lake in Makanda, Ill. meeting at 10 a.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.