News from Illinois State sports teams
Boler, Durocher make MVC soccer first team
Illinois State senior Meghan Boler and junior Shannon Durocher have been named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference women’s soccer first team.
Junior Shannon Duggan was a second-team pick, while Shannon Eccleston and Ammanda Wisniewski were named to the All-Freshman team.
ISU’s Yvonne Northover, Kanisha Campbell and Andrea Shaw received honorable mention on the all-conference team.
Boler, a midfielder, scored three goals in the final four games to finish with four goals. The co-captain also had five assists to give her 13 in her career, a school record.
Durocher, Duggan and Eccleston helped to anchor a Redbird defense that held opponents to 11.1 shots per game and a 0.85 goals against average (GAA). The Redbirds have five shutouts.
Wisniewski, a forward, scored both goals in ISU’s shutout of Northern Illinois on Sept. 1. She went on to score three more goals during the year for a total of five. She led the team in goals and shots (58).
“It’s always nice to be recognized by the league. I think all five players are deserving of the honor.” said ISU coach Pete Kowall. “Four of the five named will be returning next year and will make a significant impact in the future.”
Swim team wins, loses
Swimmers Jennifer Klicka, Tiffany Rentner and Valerie Zaleski each had season-best times and diver Katie Janonis also had a season-high score as Illinois State defeated Western Illinois and lost to Iowa State in a double-dual at Macomb. The Redbirds (2-2) downed Western Illinois, 148-84, and fell to Iowa State, 139-93.
Senior captain Klicka had season-best and personal-best times in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:36.44) and 200 backstroke (2:13.97). Rentner also set a personal-best time in the 200 butterfly (2:18.66), while the junior Zaleski swam a season-best 55.16 in the 100 freestyle.
Missouri Valley Swimmer of the Week Kyle Pullman won the 50 freestyle (25.41) for Illinois State, while sophomore Rebekah Layman won the 200 IM (2:13.78).
Redbird divers took second through sixth places in the 1-meter competition. Janonis had a score of 231.75 while placing second.
“The divers did excellent,” said diving coach Alison Cipri. “Their attitudes in the pool during practice this week was awesome.”
Swim coach Steve Paska’s team was competing for the sixth straight week, which he said “played a factor” in the Redbirds’ results.