Saluki Men’s, Women’s Swim and Dive handles Eastern Illinois in Senior night meet

By Joseph Bernard, Staff Reporter

The Saluki Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams both earned wins Friday evening against the Panthers on a night that honored ten different seniors for their dedication to the program. The men won on a 213 to 47 final score while the women had a 210.5 to 512.5 final score.

Seniors Kyle Campbell, Abbey Desmet, Sierra Forbord, Eden Girloanta, Drake Manuello, Zander Minano, Laura Mircea, Deven Speed, Anna Stephan, and Zheng Yang Yeap were all honored tonight for their time spent towards the swim and dive program.

Overall the Women swept every event on the night and Highlighting the team was Celia Pulido, who earned firsts in three of her solo events on the afternoon, the 200-free (1:50.96), the 100-free (50.85), and the 100-intramural (59.12). Pulido also was a swimmer in the 200 medley that also earned first tonight with a 1:44.18 time.


Junior Lucia Romero was also a contributor tonight, earning two firsts in the 50-backstroke (26.12) and the 100-backstroke at (56.41). She was also the front leg in the 200 medley with Pulido.

Girloanta ended her senior night with a bang as she earned first in the 1000 freestyle, her first all season. She also participated in the 100 intramural where she earned tenth (1:04.63) and in the 100 freestyle at fourth place (54.00).

As for the men, they also swept every event on the night. Highlighting them included Yang Yeap. On his senior night, he earned two different first-place finishes in the 200-free (1:42.45) and the 100-intramural (52.04). Yeap also earned second in the 100-free (46.99).

Sophomore Trey Smith earned his very first first-place title in the 100-butterfly (51.31). He finished second in the 50-butterfly as well as the third leg in the 200-medley B team.

Junior Adam Cernek, sophomores Gustav Perrson and Donat Csuvarszki, and Minano were all legs of the 200-medley. They earned first in that event with a 1:31.69 time, over four seconds faster than the runner-ups.

The Women will have a while to train before they are back in action in Iowa City at the 2022 MVC Women’s Swim and Dive Championships on February 16-19, while the men will host the 2022 MAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on March 2-5.

Sports reporter Joseph Bernard can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @Jojobernard2001.


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