CARBONDALE, Ill. –Indiana State was unable to keep pace with host Southern Illinois in a key Missouri Valley Conference game on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores fell to the Salukis, 185-115.
In a game featuring two of the conference’s top three teams this season, the Sycamores were paced with a trio of wins in the freestyle events, while Indiana State added seven second-place finishes at the Shea Natatorium.
“Obviously you always want to get the win, but we had a lot of positives today,” said the head coach. Josh Christensen noted. “We held up really well on the second day of back-to-back away meets, which shows we’re ready for four days of racing at the conference championships. In some races, people came back and were faster than they were yesterday, which was nice to see.”
Emily Webb continued her winning ways on Saturday afternoon as the senior continued her winning streak in the 200-yard freestyle event. Webb has won four consecutive 200-yard events since the ISU Tri-Meet against Bellarmine and Eastern Illinois on Dec. 4. ) as Webb hit the wall in 1:51.38.
Chloe Farro picked up two wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events to highlight his weekend. The freshman has won three consecutive individual races after finishing second yesterday afternoon in the 50 free yards at the IUPUI Tri-Meet. Farro’s 24.21 in the 50-yard freestyle put him six-hundredths of a second ahead of SIU’s Abbey Desmet (24.27) for the win. His 51.42 in the 100-yard run held off Webb’s (52.28) as the Sycamores completed the sprint sweep.
Webb (100 free), Molly Fogarty (1000 Free), Madie Rutan (100 Return), Alexa Szadorsky (100 Fly, 200 Fly), Olivia DiRuzza (200 Back) and Alexandria Cotter (400 IM) all added second-place results for the Sycamores as the ISU continues to progress toward the MVC Championships.
Bailey Betzer topped the Sycamores with a second-place finish in the women’s 1M diving event as the sophomore bounced back from a tough Friday outing with a 236.63. Sarah Montgomery added a third place finish in the women’s 3M dive with a score of 234.38.
“We still have a competition to use for racing experience and then we polish and rest for the MVC Championships,” Christensen said. “We hope that some people will be healthy over the next two weeks and will be in great shape when they meet.”
Top ISU artists in each event
200-yard medley relay: Third place – Carmen Alard Vegas, Elle Gilkerson, Kaimi Matsumoto, Chloe Farro (1:44.88)
1000 free yards: The second place – Molly Fogarty (10:27.53)
200 free yards: First place – Emily Webb (1:51.38)
100 meters back: The second place – Madie Rutan (55.81)
100 yard chest: Third place – Elle Gilkerson (1:05.36)
200 yard flight: The second place – Alexa Szadorsky (2:05.91)
50 free yards: First place – Chloe Farro (24.21)
1M dive: The second place – Bailey Betzer (236.63)
100 free yards: First place – Chloe Farro (51.42)
200 meters back: Second place – Olivia DiRuzza (2:03.02)
200 yard chest: Third place – Dorotea Bukvic (2:19.83)
500 free yards: Third place – Sarah Moreau (5:04.46)
100 yard fly: Third place – Alexa Szadorsky (56.68)
3M Diving: Third place – Sarah Montgomery (234.38)
400 yard MI: The second place – Alexandria Cotter (4:27.77)
400 yard free relay: The second place – Chloe Farro, Alexa Szadorsky, Sarah Moreau, Emily Webb (3:26.83)
The Sycamores close out the 2021-22 regular season at home next weekend as Indiana State hosts Illinois State at the Vigo County Aquatic Center on Friday, January 28. The action in the pool is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.
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