Southern Illinois Men & Women Claim SIU Invite Victories

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November 17th, 2019 College, News

SIU Invite

  • Thursday, November 14 – Saturday, November 16, 2019
  • Carbondale, Illinois
  • Results

Courtesy: SIU Athletics

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Southern Illinois swimming and diving program concluded the SIU Invitational with team titles and a 14-year old school record broken by Adam Cernek on Saturday afternoon inside Shea Natatorium. Evansville finished second on both sides, followed by Wisconsin-Whitewater in third.

*Women’s team 
The Saluki women swept individual finals events on the final day of the SIU Invite. Six different Salukis tabbed first-place nods.

Eden Girloanta swam away to a 16-second win in the 1650-yard freestyle to open the evening session. Her mark of 17:04.47 was just two seconds shy of a career-best.

SIU recorded a one-two finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Juliana Carvalho placed first with a career-best time of 2:01.11, while Deven Speed was second at 2:03.53.

Sierra Forbord completed the freestyle trifecta, as she took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time 51.03 — .74 seconds shy of the school record. On days one and two of the SIU Invite, Forbord won the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events.

The Salukis took the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke. Samantha Parsons led the charge with a first-place finish timed at 2:18.21. Laura Carver placed second (2:18.57) and Sarah Vogt was third (2:20.81) in the race.

Payton Parman impressed in the 200-yard butterfly with a winning mark of 2:04.53.

On the boards, Beibei Ji won the three-meter dive with a career-best score of 356.55. Baobao Ji finished runner-up at 330.14.

*Men’s team
Adam Cernek highlighted Day Three for the men’s team with a career performance in the 200-back. The freshman raced to a school-record and NCAA B-cut time of 1:45.02 in the event, which bested Marcelo Possato’s mark of 1:45.16 set during the 2004-05 season.  It was the second school record set by a Saluki on the weekend. Laura Carver of the women’s team broke the 200 individual medley record on Day One of the invite.

Kevin Kluge racked a top finish in the 1650-free with a time of 15:51.30. He was followed by Sam Flessner in second (16:19.59) and Michael Stern in fourth (16:51.41).

Zheng Yang Yeap sprinted to a winning time of 45.64 in the 100-free. Tamas Hajtman (45.85) finished runner-up by a mere .21 seconds

Southern had a strong showing in the 200-breast, as they tallied first through fourth place. Chris Phillips was in front with a mark of 2:01.34. He was followed by Jimmy Dooley in second (2:03.75), Drake Manuello in third (2:04.22) and Sam Flessner in fourth (2:06.72).

Uriel Tejeda Barajas closed individual competition with a victory in the 200-fly (1:51.08) — his first as a Saluki. Max Ransom placed second to Tejeda with a time of 1:51.08.


The SIU Invite marked the final team event of 2019. Select swimmers will compete in the U.S. Open Championships from Dec. 4-7 in Atlanta, Ga. The Salukis will commence the 2020 season on Jan. 18 in a tri-meet against Little Rock and Henderson State.

Courtesy: Evansville Athletics

CARBONDALE, Il.– The men’s and women’s swimming and diving team closed out a three day event at the SIU Invitational.

Ashton Adams placed in the top four in three events during the event. Taking third place in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:03.75, fourth place in the 400-yard IM at 4:38.22 and second place in the 1650 yard freestyle at 17:20.51.

Maya Cunningham competed in the 200 IM (2:08.41), 400 medley relay (3:55.87), 200 medley relay (1:49.00), 400 IM (4:31.53) and the 200 fly (2:07.16), placing in the top three in each.

Brandt Hudson helped the Aces post second place finishes in the 200-yard free relay (1:24.41), 800-yard free relay (6:50.66), 400-yard free relay and the 400-yard medley relay (3:24.21). While also taking third in the 100 back (50.78) and second in the 200-yard back (1:50.37).

Paul Cozzens took fourth in the 200-yard IM (1:53.92), took second in the 400-yard IM (4:00.97) and third in the 200-yard fly (1:51.45).

The Aces wrapped up the fall season and will be back in action against Missouri State on January 11.

Courtesy: Wisconsin-Whitewater Athletics

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each finished third at the three-day Saluki-Invite in Carbondale, Ill.

On the women’s side, junior Olivia Theobald (Peoria, Ill./Dunlap) finished third in the 1650-yard freestyle in a time of 18:09.77. Senior Quincey Newton (Oregon, Wis./Oregon) finished in eighth with a 19:30.21.

Freshmen Madyson Gomez (Cary, Ill./Dundee Crown)Emily Rundahl (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie) and senior Shayna Putney (New Berlin, Wis./Eisenhower) qualified for the A finals in the 200-yard backstroke. Gomez placed fifth with a 2:11.33, Rundahl placed sixth with a 2:16.12 and Putney rounded out the group, finishing in eighth in a time of 2:21.74.

Senior Renata Schlomann (New Berlin, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) finished the 100-yard freestyle in 53.63, good for seventh. Freshman Leanne Stigler (Beloit, Wis./Muskego) swam the 200-yard breaststroke in a seventh place earning time of 2:30.92

In the 200-yard butterfly, Meredith Gustafson (Brookfield, Wis./East) and sophomores Abby Thompson (De Pere, Wis./De Pere) and Victoria Hamel (Vesper, Wis./Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln) went 5-7-8. Gustafson finished in a 2:13.54, Thompson in 2:19.00 and Hamel touched the wall at the 2:28.33.

Theobald and Schlomann joined senior Bailey Weston (Fort Atkinson, Wis./Fort Atkinson) and freshman Savanna Bitz in a third-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:40.25.

For the men, freshman Joey Wenszell represented the Warhawks in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard butterfly. In the backstroke, Wenszell finished sixth with a 1:55.77. In the butterfly, he placed seventh in a 1:56.56.

UW-W had four top-eight placers, all in different classes, in the 1650-yard freestyle. The group included sophomore Tristan Whiting (Hayden, Idaho/Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy), senior Chase Searcy (Lincoln, Neb./Southeast), junior Jordan Kreitzman (Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King) and freshman Jamey Hines (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley). Whiting finished in third with a 16:40.87 and Searcy’s 17:22.63 was good for sixth. Kreitzman placed seventh in a time of 17:29.37 and Hines rounded out the group with a 17:31.21.

In the 100-yard freestyle, juniors Jake Herlache (West Bend, Wis./Grafton) and Nick Jelich (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University HS) finished 6-8. Herlache swam it in 47.51 while Jelich was just behind with a 47.70.

The last individual was Tyler Chatterton (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper) in the 200-yard breaststroke. He finished in fifth with a 2:07.16.

Chatterton, Wenszell, Jelich and sophomore Alex Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Wilmot Union) combined for a third place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:12.86.

The Warhawks return to action on Saturday with a trip to face UW-Stevens Point for their second WIAC matchup of the season. Meet start time is slated for 1 p.m.

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