Scheduling prevents seven Salukis from competing

It is easy to forget student athletes are students. Eight Saluki swimmers qualified for the USA National Swimming Championships, held in Greensboro, N.C. this weekend, but seven opted out to study for finals week. “If they chose to go and their grades ... Continue Reading →

Salukis working just as hard in offseason

SIU swimming and diving will not get five weeks of winter break like most students. The Salukis had their final meet of the semester from Nov. 21 to 23 in Louisville, Ky., where both the men and women finished fifth. Coach Rick Walker said the team is ... Continue Reading →

Divers at rival schools pull for each other

Two lifelong friends moved halfway around the world to compete against each other, but do not consider each other rivals. Saluki junior diver Sherry Zhang and Illinois State Redbird senior diver Wenting Zhang both are both from China. The two were roommates ... Continue Reading →

Former swimmer follows his passion

Athletes make sacrifices for their sport, but sometimes have to sacrifice their sport for their passion. Andrew Spencer, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn. studying cinema spent his first three years at SIU as a swimmer, but left the team to focus on his ... Continue Reading →

Indiana State announces swimming and diving team

SIU women’s swimming and diving will have more Missouri Valley Conference competition two seasons from now. The Indiana State Sycamores announced the addition of a women’s swimming and diving team, which will begin competing in the 2016-2017 season. “I ... Continue Reading →
Freshman swimmer Michael Wolfe, top, and senior swimmer Shaun Wolfe pose Tuesday after practice in the Edward J. Shea Natatorium. Michael has won 5 events for the team and Shaun has won 1 individual event this year. Their older brother Justin Wolfe swam for SIU from 2008 to 2013, and won 30 events in his career. Shaun said his joining the team motivated Justin to swim faster. Now Shaun feels the same way with Michael on the team this season.
Nathan Hoefert • Daily Egyptian

Wolfe brothers follow each other’s footsteps

The Wolfe family tradition of swimming at SIU almost stopped when the youngest member decided what school to attend. Justin Wolfe swam with the Salukis from 2008 to 2013, and swam one season with his brother, senior Shaun Wolfe. Now Shaun finds himself ... Continue Reading →

Saluki women exact revenge against Missouri State

The SIU swimming and diving teams will go hiking on Monday. Coach Rick Walker told the swimmers they would go hiking if they performed well against Missouri State, and they did. The Saluki women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Missouri State ... Continue Reading →
Nicolas-Galindo-•-Daily-Egyptian

Salukis introduce new assistants

The Salukis have two new coaches who will experience a meet against a conference rival for the first time Saturday. Head coach Rick Walker hired assistant Elise Knoche earlier this month and graduate assistant Csaba Gercsak Knoche was the head coach at ... Continue Reading →

Salukis compete against themselves

The Saluki swimming team hosted two meets this weekend, but was the only team competing. The University of Evansville and Illinois State University have attended the Saluki Miler and the Saluki Open Water meets in previous years. This year they did not ... Continue Reading →
Nicolas Galindo • Daily Egyptian
Sophomore swimmer Andy Ross announces the coach’s relay Saturday at the Maroon and White swim meet at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium. Ross is studying radio and television, and started announcing swim meets at Purdue University when he was 13. “My dad coaches at Purdue and knew I wanted to [announce] so he volunteered me to do it,” Ross said.

Swimmer follows his voice

Sophomore swimmer Andy Ross does more than compete at meets. Coach Rick Walker gave Ross the opportunity to announce some of the team’s meets last season, which led to Ross being nicknamed “The Voice”. Ross studies radio and television, specializing ... Continue Reading →
Nicolas-Galindo-·-Daily-Egyptian

SIU dives into Maroon and White meet

SIU swimming and diving is extending its appreciation to fans and professors before really getting its feet wet. The Saluki swimming and diving teams open the season with the Maroon & White meet at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium. ... Continue Reading →
Evan-Fait-·-Daily-Egyptian

Gene pool meets the swimming pool

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Diver works through offseason

Senior diver Kegan Skelton likely would have spent his summer as a lifeguard if he didn’t cross paths with West Virginia University’s diving coach. Skelton trained this summer in Minneapolis with University of Minnesota diving coach Wenbo Chen and ... Continue Reading →

Zhang puts Salukis on national scoreboard

Sophomore diver Sherry Zhang was roughly 700 miles away from her teammates this weekend, but received all of their support. Zhang qualified for the national tournament in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives at NCAA Zone Diving in mid-March and was the only ... Continue Reading →
Junior Kegan Skelton finished second in the Mid-American Conference Men’s Championships in the three-meter dive last season. Skelton will compete this weekend at the MAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. His coach, Joy Zhao, said the two of them are hoping for a first place finish.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Poor flexibility trumps my good attitude

Heights have always been a fear of mine and flexibility has never been my biggest strength, which means diving was not my ideal sport. Junior Kegan Skelton was involved in gymnastics before he started diving, and it shows. In practice, Skelton flips ... Continue Reading →
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