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The Illinois State swimming and diving team has been picked by a poll of league coaches for a fourth-place finish in this week's Missouri Valley Conference Championships.

The meet is slated to get underway Wednesday at the University of Iowa Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium in Iowa City and continue through Feb. 17.

Missouri State is favored to win the meet, followed by Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa.


Men's basketball slips in poll: The IWU men's basketball team fell from No. 17 to No. 23 in this week's poll released on Monday. The Titans split a pair of games last week, losing to Wheaton before defeating Carroll.

IWU will take a 17-5 overall record and 10-3 conference mark into Wednesday's College Conference Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game against Millikin (11-12, 4-10) in Decatur.

Women fall to 17th: The IWU women's basketball team dropped three spots in this week's poll, falling from 14th to 17th. The Titans (19-3, 12-1) will play their final regular season home game on Wednesday when they face Millikin (7-15, 2-11) at Shirk Center.


Women's basketball defeated: The Eureka College womens's basketball team fell into a 28-3 first-quarter hole and would not recover in a 98-46 loss to Western Illinois at Macomb. Lexi Dooley had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Red Devils.


Kerans retiring at Millikin: After 32 years leading the Millikin women's basketball program, Lori Kerans is retiring from coaching at the end of this season, the school announced Monday. Kerans will remain at Millikin as Director of Alumni Engagement.

"This decision has been difficult because I have been a part of Millikin women’s basketball as a player or coach for nearly four decades,” said Kerans. “I am standing on the shoulders of my Coach, Harriett Crannell, the pioneer of Millikin women’s basketball, and the student-athletes on this team are standing on the foundation built by the many women who have 'worn the blue' with great pride since 1970, during 48 seasons of Big Blue women’s basketball.” 

Millikin's all-time winningest coach, Kerans has a 555-274 record. She ranks 11th nationally among active Division III coaches in career wins. Her 2005 team won the Division III national championship.


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