Illinois State Takes Down Ball State In Weekend Face Off

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November 13th, 2016 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Meet Stats

  • Complete results
  • Hosted by Illinois State
  • November 11, 2016
  • Score
    • Illinois State 172, Ball State 128

Press Release

Courtesy of Illinois State Athletics

NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State swimming and diving team came out on top against Ball State in a dual meet Friday at Horton Pool as the Redbirds won, 172-128.

Maia Cain and Rachel Root helped lead the way for the Redbirds, winning two individual events each. Cain took first in the 100- (57.63) and 200-yard butterfly (2:06.51), while Root had the top time in the 100- (57.73) and 200-yard backstroke (2:04.83).

The team of Cain, Rachel Holm, Root and Kristin Verkler formed the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:53.87), which set a new Horton Pool record in the process. The team of Laura Paskoff, Root, Mary Katherine Tillotson and Verkler closed out the Redbirds’ victory, finishing first in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:34.49).

The Redbirds had multiple individual first-place finishes as well in Friday’s meet. Verkler finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (53.60). Jensen Keck clocked in the fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.11), while Tillotson earned a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.08). Holm touched the wall first in the 200-yard IM (2:11.57), and Savannah Rubocki won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:41.05).

“It was a great meet for us tonight,” ISU head swimming coach Scott Cameron said. “We started off the meet with a new pool record, and we rode the momentum from there. They are a little tired from training the past few weeks, but I think this sets us up very well for our midseason meet next week.”

Kristen Larson led the diving team in the 1-meter (195.37) and 3-meter (168.90) events, earning fourth place in both.

“I was happy with the way the team put together their lists. At this time in the season I don’t really want them peaking,” ISU head diving coach Phil Hoffmann said. “I know there are some things we need to work on but I felt like they had a good performance and finished out the competition well. I’m looking forward to a week off training before our midseason meet.”

The Illinois State swimming and diving team will be heading to the Louisville Invite next weekend, with competition Nov. 18-20, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Invite will mark the Redbirds final meet of the calendar year.

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Press Release

Courtesy of Ball State Athletics

NORMAL, Ill. – The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team traveled to Illinois State Friday night and fell to the Redbirds, 172-128.

Junior Amanda Kedzierski led the Cardinals with top finishes in multiple events. Kedzierski finished first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.90, breaking a pool record, and  finished third in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.86. She was also part of the second place finish in the 400 medley relay along with Anne Vormohr, Sophie Bader and Jessica Extine with a time of 3:54.27. Kedzierski, Vormohr, Extine and Peighton Gilbert finished second in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:35.09.

Along with being part of the 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, senior Jessica Extine finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.60. She also placed third in the 100 freestyle at 53.85.

The Cardinals dominated on the 1-meter dive and the 3-meter dive, taking first, second and third place in both events. Freshman Rachel Smallwood placed first in the 1-meter with a score of 257.10 and second in the 3-meter with a score of 244.72. Freshman Rachel Bertram took second place with a score of 243.00 in the 1-meter and finished first in the 3-meter with a final score of 250.95. Sophomore Courtney McKeen had a score of 238.57 in the 1-meter dive and a score of 240.97 in the 3-meter dive, placing her in third in both events.

Other top finishers on the day were Cassidy Blackwin placing second in the 1000 freestyle (10:44.63) and second in the 500 freestyle (5:13.28); Anne Vormohr finishing second in the 100 backstroke (58.27) and third in the 200 backstroke (2:08.70); Katie Horn finishing second in the 200 butterfly (2:07.56) and second in the 100 butterfly (57.93); Sophie Bader placing third in the 200 butterfly (2:08.28) and third in the 100 butterfly (58.68); Peighton Gilbert finishing second in the 50 freestyle (24.85); Liz Madison placing first in the 500 freestyle (5:13.08) and Courtney Mudd finishing third in the 200 IM (2:11.98).

“We had some exciting finishes and close races today,” said head coach Kristy Patterson. “Illinois State has a strong team and we needed to be our best to win the meet. They were the better team today.”

“Our dive squad came through big with 1-2-3 finishes on both boards,” Patterson added. “We also had many season bests and a pool record in the 100 breaststroke. We will need to be on point when we compete next week. We will learn from these performances and get better from them.”

The Ball State women’s swimming and diving team will return to action next weekend, Saturday, Nov. 19, at Grand Valley State beginning at 1 p.m.

For the most up-to-date news on the Ball State women’s swimming and diving team, please follow @BallStateSports and @BallStateWSwim.

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