Swimming And Diving Prepare To Take On Salukis


Swimming and diving are on the road this weekend for their final regular season competition at Southern Illinois.

The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT at Shea Natatorium.

Last Friday’s matchup between the women and Illinois State resulted in a close loss.

Senior Danielle Freeman led the way for the Aces with a pair of freestyle wins. She clocked in a 24.12 in the 50 freestyle and a 52.96 in the 100 freestyle. Junior Kaylee Gubricky followed in the 50 freestyle for a 24.78 2nd place.

Freshman Kara Steward took the other victory for the women in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:11.80. Senior Kasey Rein placed 3rdwith a time of 2:15.65, followed by sophomore Ashton Adams in 4th at 2:16.75.

Junior Madi Jones took 2nd place in the 200 freestyle with a 1:57.82, followed by sophomore Kristy Kupfer in 3rd with 1:58.22. Adams took the runner up spot in the 400 IM, edging out 3rd place by half a second with a 4:48.30.

Kupfer took another 2nd place for the Aces in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.66. Junior Sam Gowdy took 4th with 2:10.12. Sophomore Alaina Sylvester placed 2nd in the 200 breaststroke with a final time of 2:27.35.

The women finished the evening with a win in the 200 Freestyle Relay. Gubricky, sophomore Emma Hennessy, Gowdy, and Freeman edged out the Redbird relay by .4 seconds for a final 1:38.39.

The highlight of the evening came in the form of Courtney Coverdale’s 1-Meter performance. The senior took a win with 307.95 points, breaking the pool record set by Jennifer Childers in 2011. Coverdale also won the 3-Meter with 250.87 points. Freshman Natalie Gerard took 3rd with 210.22.

The men returned a day later with a win against Ball State.

The men kicked off the afternoon with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay. Freshmen Credence Pattinson and Ryan Wood, sophomore Paul Cozzens, and junior Matt Duke teamed up to clock in a 1:36.51.

Freshman Pete Lingo earned a hard fought 10:04.81 in the 1000 freestyle, edging out Ball State’s Isaac Walling for a 1st place finish.

Sophomore Brandt Hudson was next up with a win in the 200 freestyle. He touched in at a clean 1:44.00, nearly 2 seconds ahead of 2ndplace.

Pattinson kept the winning momentum up in the 100 backstroke, with a 1st place finishing 51.69. Senior Brendan Ninneman followed in 3rd place with a 55.91, and freshman Austin Davidson recorded a 56.95 for 4th.

Cozzens earned his own win in the 200 butterfly, clocking a 1:56.51. Senior Prescott Marcy finished in 3rd with a 2:00.84.

Junior Jared Sutphin took a decisive 100 freestyle victory with a 47.72 finish, while sophomore Zack Sagan swam a 49.63 for 4th.

In the 200 backstroke, Credence Pattinson topped the event at a 1:54.71, and Hudson took runner up with 1:55.35. Ninneman placed 4that 2:02.28.

The Aces did that one better in the 200 breaststroke with a sweep of the event. In 1st place with a 2:12.23 was Paul Cozzens, followed by freshman Eli James in 2nd and junior Derek Stauder in 3rd at 2:15.01 and 2:18.78 respectively.

Pete Lingo earned himself another distance win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:54.71. Sophomore Samad Abu-Shanab took 4thwith a 5:05.25.

Cozzens took one last individual victory before the day was over with a 4:12.42 in the 400 IM. Ninneman scored a 4:34.44 for 3rd.

Pattinson, Hudson, junior Matt Duke, and Sutphin took to the pool in the 400 freestyle relay to clock in a 3:11.78 for the last win of the day.

On the diving side, senior Cory Barnes took the sole victory on the boards, but led the sweep in the 1-Meter. He scored 233.62 points, while junior Miguel Marcano earned a close 2nd at 227.85. Barnes placed 2nd on the 3-Meter with 234.15 points, and Marcano followed in 3rd at 197.17.

Evansville has one last regular season meet on February 3rd at SIU before both the men and women prepare for the MVC and MAC championship meets later in the month.