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 →
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 →

Benitez leads swim team quietly

Pamela Benitez lets her swimming do the talking. As a quiet leader, the junior freestyler has anchored the women’s swimming team since her first semester as a Saluki in the spring of 2012. Before she stepped foot on SIU’s campus, Benitez made a name ... Continue Reading →

Salukis impress at Nationals to conclude fall season

Eight Saluki swimmers made a name for the SIU program when they competed in the USA Swimming AT&T Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas during the weekend. SIU went head-to-head with some of the nation’s strongest college programs and independent clubs. The ... Continue Reading →

Salukis stay afloat in split-team competitions

The Saluki men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams divided into two groups during the weekend to compete in the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. and the Phoenix Fall Classic in Chicago. The split squads found success in different forms, ... Continue Reading →

Salukis in mid-season form

Swimming, diving teams win, lose by small margins One point can determine elation or frustration. The SIU swimming and diving team ended up on both sides of a thin line during its weekends events. The men defeated Air Force on Friday by one point, and ... Continue Reading →

Salukis fall to top-tier teams

The men’s and women’s swimming team did not win any of the 32 events from a four-team meet during the weekend, but the team’s coach said he found plenty of positives at the Missouri Quad invitational. Coach Rick Walker said he was not displeased ... Continue Reading →

Salukis off to strong season

SIU swimming and diving dominated Missouri Valley Conference rival Evansville Saturday in its first dual event of the season. Both the men’s and women’s sides accumulated more points in the 26 events than the Evansville Purple Aces’ respective squads, ... Continue Reading →

Swim team dominates season’s first events

Saluki swimmers took three of four events against Illinois State and Evansville during its season-opening weekend. Coach Rick Walker said the events would be some of the toughest the team will see all season. The Salukis competed against female-only team ... Continue Reading →

Swim coach to coach Egyptian Olympic team

Coach Rick Walker to coach Saluki Mazen Aziz in the 10-kilometer open-water race Rick Walker was on the cusp of making the U.S. Olympic Swim team in 1980 and 1984, but different sets of circumstances kept him from representing his country. Now, after ... Continue Reading →

No Salukis qualify for U.S. team

Past and present Saluki athletes had respectable showings during the U.S. Olympic Trials, but failed to qualify for any U.S. Olympic events. Junior swimmer Justin Wolfe placed eighth in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Saturday ... Continue Reading →
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