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 →

Moccia enters final days as athletic director

While SIU was not necessarily home to the athletic director, he still held his position for more than eight years and built as many relationships here as anywhere else. SIU athletic director Mario Moccia accepted an athletic director position at his ... 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 →

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 →

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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Gene pool meets the swimming pool

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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 →
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.
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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.
ROBERT OLSON | FOR THE DAILY EGYPTIAN

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 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 →
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