Rachel Holm finished first in two events and Wenting Zhang won both diving competitions Saturday as the Illinois State swimming and diving team earned a 190.5-108-5 victory over Nebraska-Omaha in coach Steve Paska's final meet at Horton Pool.
“This feeling is hard to describe,” said Paska, who announced plans to retire after the season last month. “There were definitely some special memories made here in the past 30 years at Horton Pool. It’s memorable go out with a win, but I am more pleased with how the girls came back after their last meet and competed today.
“Hat’s off to the senior class. They are a special group of girls. Hopefully, this meet was one they will remember.”
The Redbirds won 11 of 16 events, with Holm finishing first in both the 50-yard breaststroke (30.86) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.97). Zhang topped 1-meter diving at 340.72 and posted a 364.95 in the 3-meter event.
ISU's other winners included seniors Alexis Nash (50 butterfly), Cecilia Holmes (1,000 freestyle), Marissa Yontz (100 freestyle) and Samantha Schuckles (50 backstroke).
Pavelonis eclipses his mark: ISU's Chase Pavelonis surpassed his own school pole vault record by clearing 16-7¼ as the Redbirds track teams placed first in 11 events at the John Craft Invitational in Charleston.
“Chase is consistently jumping at a high level,” ISU director of track and field Jeff Bovee said. “He and some others provide such good leadership for the whole team, and the team feeds off of that."
The ISU men and women both placed second to host Eastern Illinois in the five-team indoor meet. The Panthers scored 240 to the Redbirds' 173 on the men's side, while the EIU women had 235 and ISU totaled 159.
Other individuals for the ISU men included Antonio Farley in the 200 meters and JD Lafayette in the 400. Farley and Lafayette joined Javar Cruz and Anderson Devonish in winning the 1,600 relay.
On the women's side, Sarah Mussallem topped the 200, Ally Christiani won the 400 and Katelyn Hill took the 60 hurdles. The trio were joined by DeAsia Garrett on the winning 1,600 relay.
Illini golfers win Cup again: Second-ranked Illinois charged to an 8-1 win over Illinois State in the 12th annual Tinervin Cup at Coral Creek Golf Club in in Placida, Fla.
The Illini swept the three morning fourball matches and five of the six afternoon singles matches in winning the Ryder Cup-style event for the 12th time.
The Redbirds' lone win came from Tyler Gentilella against Thomas Detry.
Glueck wins twice in track: Freshman Amanda Glueck won the 200 meter dash and the long jump for the IWU women's track team in the I-55 Triangular indoor meet at Shirk Center.
Glueck ran the 200 in 26.76 and long jumped 17 feet, 9 inches for the Titans, who won seven events to total 73.5 points and finish between Chicago (90.5) and Washington University (69). Other IWU winners were Nia Joiner in the 60 meters (7.82), Madison Zimmer in the 400 (58.03), Jame Gradishar in the pole vault (11-9), Jill Harmon in the triple jump (36-9) and the 1,600 relay team of Zimmer, Angela Herrmann, Liz Oltman and Allie Boudreau (3:54.94).
Brendan Wall was the only winner for the IWU men, who placed third with 24 points while Washington won with 111. Wall topped the triple jump at 42-9.
Shoemake powers women: Kelsey Shoemake racked up 19 points and 17 rebounds to lift the Red Devils to a 73-61 win over Fontbonne in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at St. Louis.
Natalie Martindale also scored 19 and Emily Camded had 12 for Eureka College (10-7, 7-3). Olivia Hollander and Emily Harding had 15 apiece for Fontbonne.
Men fall on road: Jared Greenlee's 20 points and 14 rebounds charged Fontbonne to a 64-42 SLIAC win over the Eureka College men in St. Louis. Seth Wickert scored 11 and Greg Kent had nine rebounds for the Red Devils (7-9, 5-5).