Press Release courtesy of Indiana State Athletics.
Indiana State swimming a diving held an intrasqaud meet today (Sept. 15) inside the Vigo County Aquatic Center at 2:30 p.m.
The Sycamores opened their 2017-2018 season with a Blue vs. White meet. The entire Sycamore squad was split into two teams one being led by head coach Matt Leach while the other was led by assistant coach Bex Freebairn.
Indiana State put all their student-athletes in the pool and all competed strong against their teammates. Certain events had more participants that others, but each event was a battle.
“What a great way to start the season! We had some very highly contested events including the 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley and not to mention both relays (200 Medley and 200 Free Relay),” said Leach.
Certain standout returners including Kendall Hansen and Jacquie Price all showed well today, along with new faces to the Sycamores roster including Marlene Pavlu-Lewin, Martina Marks, Megan Schade and Vivian Kritikou.
The Sycamores swam a total of 13 events and out of these, 12 meet records from last season were broken.
Hansen posted an impressive performance finishing first in the 50 and 100 yard backstroke as well as being a member of the first place team in the 200 yard medley relay.
Other notable performances came from Schade who placed first in the 100 yard breaststroke and second in the 100 yard butterfly.
Junior transfer Marks as well as Kritikou also showed strong for the Sycamores. Marks placed first in three events including the longest race of the day, the 500 yard freestyle. Kritikou provided a first place finish in the 100 yard freestyle and added a second place finish as well.
Indiana State had numerous freshmen swim will today along with multiple returners and transfers alike.
“It was a solid performance as a group. The girls are tired and have been putting in the work in the weight room and in the pool which is expected for this time of the year. I didn’t expect such great swims, but we will look to build off of this start as we look to our next competition against Illinois State,” said Leach.
The Sycamores will be back in action on Sept. 30 facing off with conference opponent Illinois State in Normal, Ill. at 1 p.m.