Coach Rick Walker tears up while expressing the pride he feels in the women’s swim and dive team Feb. 20 after its championship-winning performance at the Missouri Valley Conference meet in Edward J. Shea Natatorium. Going into the final relay, the Salukis knew they had to win. “You could cut the tension in the air with, not even a knife, but a plastic spoon,” Walker said. “There have been just so many years we haven’t been able to get it. We found a way to win it.” The Salukis won by .5, breaking Missouri State’s eight-year reign as Missouri Valley Conference champions.