Deyell Named Valley Swimmer of the Week Second Time This Season
Dec. 5, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - For the second time this season, Illinois Sate senior captain Tracy Deyell has been awarded the Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week Award. Deyell previously received the award for the week of Nov. 14 due to her outstanding performances against in-state rival Illinois.
Deyell had several noteworthy performances over the weekend, leading the Illinois State swimming and diving team in the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The Redbirds held third place the entire weekend with a total of 1167 points, coming in just behind Ohio University (1588.5) and Buffalo (1289).
Deyell started the weekend with a third place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (IM). Deyell's time of 2:06.71 broke the school record that Jenni Chapman set in 1991 and was the best time in that event by a Valley swimmer this season. Also on the first day, she then swam the second leg of the 400-yard medley relay that finished third with a season-best time (3:56.74), placing it second overall in the Valley.
On day two, Deyell swam the third leg of the 200-yard medley relay that placed fourth with a season-best time (1:48.84) and the second-best in the Valley. In the 400-yard IM, Deyell recorded another personal-best and top-Valley time (4:29.38) to finish in second place. Deyell then swam the anchor leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay, which placed fourth with a season-best time of 7:45.20, placing it third overall in the Valley.
On the last day, Deyell came in second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a personal-best and top-three Valley time (2:24.08). She finished Sunday off as the third leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay that placed sixth with a season-best time (3:34.02), placing it third overall in the Valley.
In addition to being ranked first in the Valley in both the 200 and 400-yard individual medley and second in the 200-yard breaststroke, Deyel is also currently ranked sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke, ninth in the 100-yard butterfly and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly.
Head coach Steve Paksa feels that this was a well-deserved honor for Tracy.
"It is a fitting way to end her final fall slate," said Paska. "Tracy had phenomenal performances at the Zippy Invitational, setting three personal-best times. She also had a great deal of importance of how we performed in the relay events because she had some of her best split times in the relays that she swam. This is a well-deserved honor after an outstanding weekend of competition for her."
The swimming and diving team will now have a few weeks off before heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the Copa Coqui Swim Meet on Jan. 6.