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 →

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.

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 →
Swim coach Rick Walker directs his team during stretching Monday at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium. The Salukis will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Thursday through Saturday.

Salukis hope to finish with a splash

The Saluki men’s swimmers and divers have their work cut out for them in their biggest tournament of the season. SIU will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships Thursday through Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Coach Rick Walker said he isn’t ... Continue Reading →
Freshman swimmer Sarah
James, right, embraces
senior swimmer Kristy Hinkle
Saturday after the women’s
200-yard backstroke during
the Missouri Valley Conference
Championship at Edward J.
Shea Natatorium. Hinkle won
the 200-yard backstroke with a
time of 2:02:51. James finished
the season on the first-team
All-Conference roster and
Hinkle garnered honorable
mention first-team.

Saluki women kept swimming until end

Saluki women’s swimming and diving finished the season with some hardware, but not the Missouri Valley Conference Championship the team wanted. SIU hosted the MVC Swimming and Diving Women’s Championships during the weekend, and finished in third ... Continue Reading →
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Aaron vs. Athletes: Pamela Benitez

Sports reporter Aaron Graff takes on senior swimmer Pamela Benitez during the first segment of Aaron vs. Athletes. About Aaron Graff Continue Reading →
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Aaron versus athletes: Pamela Benitez

For the first time in my life, I shaved my legs. Of course, there is a reason for a 19-year-old male to do this. I had challenged senior swimmer Pamela Benitez to a freestyle swimming race. I had heard shaving can help swimmers better their times from ... Continue Reading →
Junior freestyle swimmer Mardi Buchanan, a junior from Overland Park, Kan., practices the backstroke
Tuesday during practice in the Edward J Shea Natatorium. The Salukis will host the Missouri Valley Conference
championships Friday and Saturday. The SIU women’s swim team last won the tournament in 2007.

Salukis hope to end Missouri State’s run

The Saluki women’s swimming and diving team has prepared all season for this weekend. SIU will host the Missouri Valley Conference swimming and diving championships at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium in the Recreation Center. Preliminaries start Thursday ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Spencer, a junior swimmer from Knoxville Tenn., studying cinema, balances a tripod in much the same way he balances his time between swimming and his cinema studies. “It’s very hard to balance,” Spencer said. “A lot of people underestimate how much work goes into an arts degree”.

Swimmer brings creative mind to team

A Saluki swimmer contributed a fun video, which could help recruitment in the future. Junior swimmer Andrew Spencer made a music video of the team’s trip to Puerto Rico during winter break, and it already has more than 1,000 views on YouTube. Spencer ... Continue Reading →
Swimmers from SIU and Evansville University compete in the backstroke Saturday at the Edward J Shea Natatorium.
Both SIU men’s and women’s swim and diving teams won their respective meets, with the men winning 186-45 and the
women 156.5-86.5. The meet was the last for both the Salukis and Aces this year before they compete in their conference
championship meet later this month.

Seniors recall time lapse before final laps

The senior swimmers and divers were honored Saturday before jumping in the pool for their last regular season meet against the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Prior to the meet, 16 seniors received recognition from fans, coaches and teammates to ... Continue Reading →

Senior swimmers cherish careers

The Saluki swimming and diving teams will honor their seniors Saturday before a home meet against the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Evansville is a conference opponent for both the men and women’s teams, and this will be the last regular season ... Continue Reading →
Junior swimmer Ella Otto, left, and sophomore swimmer Katy Ovington swim laps during practice Thursday at the Dr. Edward
J. Shea Natatorium in the SIU Recreation Center. The team swept its events Saturday against Arkansas-Little Rock and Ouachita
Baptist, but lost to the University of Illinois Monday at the sixth annual Splash Bash in Champaign. The team did pick up a win
against Olivet Nazarene during the invitational. SIU will host Evansville University Feb. 1 at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.

Restless Salukis stay afloat

The swimming and diving teams had their final non-conference meet Monday in Champaign against the University of Illinois and Olivet Nazarene University. SIU came off a meet two days prior, but that did not stop both teams from beating Olivet 198-94 for ... Continue Reading →

Salukis control first spring meet

The Saluki swimming and diving teams started their spring season nearly perfect, even after a lot of training in a short amount of time. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock faced the Salukis for the first time as a conference opponent Saturday in ... Continue Reading →
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