Salukis share space with public

The Saluki swimming and diving teams share the Recreation Center locker rooms with the public. The teams said they often deal with theft and vandalism because the public has access to the team locker rooms. “[Private locker rooms] would be nice,” ... Continue Reading →

SIU swimming continuously recruiting

It is a decision all college students have made, but student-athletes also have to consider whom they want to spend most of their time with. The Saluki swimming and diving team regularly has two-a-day practices. Sixteen recruits made a visit to campus ... Continue Reading →

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 →

Recruits to join Saluki swimming, diving family

The Salukis have signed a few family ties for the fall season, as recruitment is well on its way for the SIU swimming and diving team. Walker said the team did not have a lot of scholarship money this year to give out, but the team has signed some names ... Continue Reading →

Salukis remember fall, but shift focus

The SIU swimming and diving team broke multiple school records this semester and improved its times and scores throughout the season. The team had its last meets Nov. 21-24 and coach Rick Walker is very pleased with the results from both the Phoenix and ... Continue Reading →

SIU won’t break, unless it’s a school record

Sophomore diver Cheri Zhang shattered the school record in the 3-meter dive during the weekend while the Salukis competed in two separate meets. SIU’s coaching staff determined where every swimmer would go based on his or her current level of competition. Coach ... Continue Reading →

Kolar craves conference championship

Moving up from the bottom is something junior Calvin Kolar is on a mission to do. Kolar is eyeing a Mid-American Conference championship this season after improving from fourth place as a freshman to third place as a sophomore. Kolar and his teammates ... Continue Reading →
Junior swimmer Hannah Pinion swims the butterfly stroke during the women’s 400-yard individual medley Friday during the
Saluki Miler at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium. Pinion finished second with a time of 4:39:10. The swim team’s next meet will be
the Maroon and White Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday in Carbondale.

Salukis distance themselves from competition

The Saluki swimming and diving team began its season during family weekend and learned that distance swimming will be a strength this year. The team held its first tournament of the year at home, with the Saluki Miler Friday and the 5K open water swim ... Continue Reading →

Saluki swim team dives into season

Saluki swimming and diving athletes will get their feet wet for the first time this year this Friday and Saturday with high hopes and expectations for the season. The season opens with the Saluki Miler on Friday and the 5K open water swim on Saturday, ... Continue Reading →

Swim teams achieve academic honors

  The Saluki men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have earned Scholar All- America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for their work in the classroom during the spring semester. The honors are given to swimming ... Continue Reading →

Women swimmers wade to win

The women’s swimming and diving team won 13 events in both relay and individual races this weekend, and 2012 Olympian junior Pamela Benitez highlighted the meet with a win in both relay and individual freestyle events. “In some ways you expect to ... Continue Reading →

Three swimmers to compete in summer Olympics in London

The SIU swim team will be represented by three of its members in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Saluki swimmers Pamela Benitez, a freshman from El Salvador, Mazen Aziz, a senior from Egypt andCsaba Gercsak, a sophomore from Hungary, will compete ... Continue Reading →

Canadian swimmer has smooth transition to SIU

The thought of attending a school in a different country may intimidate some, but for swimmer Melissa Larocque, the move from her home in Ontario, Canada to the U.S. couldn’t have gone better. The senior has noticed some cultural differences and ... Continue Reading →
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