Swim and Dive’s hot streak ends at Missouri


Julian Castillo | @julcastillophotography

A Saluki swimmer races against Indiana State in the 500m freestyle Jan. 22, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill.

The SIU Swim and Dive team’s hot streak has finally come to an end in the final meet before the conference championships. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams lost to highly ranked Missouri. The men dropped the meet with a 190-99 final score while the women dropped it with a 199-88 final score.

Freshman Olivia Herron was by far the top performer in this one, breaking records left and right. She broke the conference record for the 200 breaststroke by less than a second with a 2:11.88 time and broke the Saluki program record for her time in the 400 intramural at 4:19.43, earning second in both events.

For the men, Ruard Van Renen helped the Salukis earn one of the only two wins on the day in the 100 backstroke with a 46.95 time. Lee Hayward earned the other win in the 1-meter diving competition with a 283.45 score. 


Seven other men and four other women placed second in events.

Apryl Pauquette finished second in the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle with times of 10:42.34 and 5:11.63. Celia Pulido claimed two second-place finishes as well in the 100 and 200 backstroke with a 53.76 and 1:58.81 time. Audrey Leno also performed great in the 1-meter dive with a 217.65 score and Jules Atkinson earned second in the 100 butterfly with a 56.40 time.

For the men’s second-place finishers, Ian Marshall earned a 9:37.07 time in the 1000 freestyle, Gustav Persson finished with a 2:06.87 time in the 200 butterfly, and Terry Yang got a 4:39.46 time in the 500 freestyle. Donat Csuvarszki and Nicolas Lanuza earned times of 19.93 and 49.68 in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Lanuza and Csuvarszki also combined with Alex Santiago and Will Chavez for a 1:20.93 time in the 200 freestyle relay

The Dawgs will look to get back on their high horse in just two weeks when the Missouri Valley Conference championships take place. The Dawgs will compete there between February 15th and February 18th, looking to bring home a championship plaque.

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