The Indiana State Swimming and Diving team is set to compete at the Purdue Invite this weekend in West Lafayette.
The Sycamores are coming off a two-meet sweep over the last few weekends beating University of Evansville, Little Rock, Xavier University and Illinois State University. The Sycamores are on a roll and are hoping to keep the momentum going.
“We have had pretty good dual meets here and we are just trying to get focused on being better as we move throughout the season.” Said Indiana State Head Swimming and Diving Coach Josh Christensen, “I have really liked what I have seen overall. This weekend will be a continuation of that.”
The Sycamores had a strong showing at their last meet against the Illinois State Redbirds taking the win 181- 119. Standout performances by the Sycamores included senior Kendall Hansen finishing first in both the 100-yard backstroke clocking a time of 57.96 while claiming a win in the 200-yard backstroke as well in 2:05.79.
Senior Alex Malmborg also performed well with two individual titles in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.24 and the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 53.62 against the Redbirds.
Freshman diver Britney Meienburg took third place in the one-meter dive with a score of 220.28. Following behind her was fellow sophomore diver Keara Shelton placing second in the three-meter dive with a score of 249.68 to help the Sycamores beat the conference rival Illinois State Redbirds.
The performance of the meet against the Redbirds was the 400-yard freestyle relay where Indiana State claimed first, second and third place. The first-place relay claimed a time of 3:36.19 which included Caitie Mansker, Alex Malmborg, Cierra Campbell and Sarah Moreau.
Heading into the Purdue Invitational this weekend, the Sycamores will be looking to keep the winning streak going. The teams looking to be competing at the Purdue Invite will include Grand Canyon University, Louisville, McKendree, Pittsburg, Purdue Navy, Florida International and Missouri Valley Conference rival Illinois State. There will be 40 countries being represented this coming weekend with swimmers and divers all around the world at the Purdue Invitational.
“The big focus for this week because it is a prelim final three say final is to get used to it.” stated Christensen, “This is the only meet other than Conference where we get to do that.”
With a stacked field, the Sycamores are looking to compete to gain more confidence as conference season approaches. Catch the Sycamores live in action at 10 a.m Thursday Nov. 21 at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in West Lafayette.