Redbirds Move into Second at Zippy Invitational
Erica Halley
Erica Halley

Dec. 4, 2010

AKRON, Ohio - - After the second day of competition at the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, the Illinois State swimming and diving team has moved into second place with 812 points. The Redbirds continued the weekend with a number of personal and season best times and first place finishes. The team is currently behind Ohio (1093), with one day of events remaining.

Head coach Steve Paska believes the team continued to perform well in today's events.

"The Redbirds had an exciting day of swimming and diving, and overall it was a total team effort that was able to move up to second place after the second day of competition," Paska said. "We performed strongly in the preliminaries with the potential to succeed and earn points in the finals. With one more day of competition, I believe we have some events where we can succeed and score points for the team."

The Illinois State 800-yard freestyle (A)relay of seniors Amy Schaefer and Lauren Terzis and sophomores Danielle Schumacher and Tori Alland, recorded a first place finish during today's meet. With a season best time of 7:36.12, the Redbirds just missed breaking the current school record time. Alongside the first place finish, Redbirds 800-yard freestyle (B) relay of senior Ashley Bachler, sophomores Emily Susmarski and Sarah Rendek and freshman Erica Halley finished eighth in the event.



"These four athletes had a terrific race and it was a great way to end the second day of competition," Paska said. "It was the third fastest 800-yard freestyle relay in school history, and being able to finish first and eighth gives us momentum going into the last day of competition."

Sophomore Danielle Schumacher continued her success from yesterday and placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a personal best time of 1:52.39. Schumacher placed first in the 500-yard freestyle during yesterday's event in Akron.

"Danielle had a great winning race against some very competitive top eight 200-yard freestylers in the meet," Paska said. "She swam a very strong second half of the race and has had an outstanding meet so far. She has had a number of personal best times and I look forward to her swim in the 1650-yard freestyle tomorrow."

Freshman Erica Halley earned two personal best times in the 100-yard backstroke (58.94) and during her swim in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Halley led off the relay and earned a personal best time of 1:56.98 for 100-yard freestyle.

"Erica has had an outstanding start of her freshman season," Paska said. "Today is Erica's nineteenth birthday and it is very exciting for her to be able to achieve those times in Akron."

Other personal best swims for the Redbird include senior Ashley Bachler, juniors Jillian Olson and Jessica McGee and sophomores Sarah Rendek and Emily Susmarski. Bachler earned a personal best time in 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:46.05. Olson also recorded a personal best time in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:38.10. McGee earned a personal best time in the100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.54. With a time of 1:57.15, Susmarski recorded a personal best time in the 200-yard freestyle. Rendek also contributed to the team's success with her eighth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

Diving coach Phil Hoffmann was very impressed with the diver's performances during the Zippy Invitational.

"Liza had a very solid meet and I think she performed well during her events," Hoffmann said. "The group as a whole performed strongly over the course the weekend, as well as in today's 3-meter dives.

Senior Liza Perrino placed ninth overall and first for the Redbirds in the 3-meter diving event during today's meet.

The team will finish the last day of the Zippy Invitational tomorrow, beginning the preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.

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