Sycamores head to Purdue, Kansas this weekend

Junior Marni Gray swimming the 100 Fly during a swim meet in 2020.

The Indiana State Swimming and Diving team splits up this weekend as the team will compete at both the Purdue Invite and the Kansas Classic. The diving team will take on the field in West Lafayette for the Purdue Invite on November 18-19 at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center. The six Sycamores divers will

compete on both Thursday and Friday in the women's 1M and 3M diving events against opponents from eight other institutions in the field joining host Purdue, Louisville, Northwestern, Missouri State, McKendree, Florida International, and Illinois State.

"The divers have been training well and have great momentum from our dual meets this fall," commented ISU diving coach Teresa Hall. "They will be challenged at Purdue, and they have an opportunity to reach some individual goals. They have great team energy, which will help them focus throughout the long competition."

The swim team will make the trek to Topeka, Kan. for the Kansas Classic on November 19-21 at the Capital Federal Natatorium. Indiana State's swim team will be one of six teams that will take on the field at the three-day meet that will start Friday at 10 a.m. and run through Sunday afternoon as the Sycamores join Arkansas-Little Rock, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Texas, and Kansas in the field in one of their final competitions in the fall season.

"We're excited to head to Topeka for the Kansas Classic," head coach Josh Christensen said. "This will be a new meet for us, but I think it sets up really well. It's women only and a moderate number of teams, but still excellent competition. In a lot of ways it is similar to what we'll experience at the conference championship meet in February. We've put in some quality training and competition this Fall, that has prepared us well. This meet will be a gauge of where we are at and will help inform the decisions we make about training and preparation for the 2nd part of the season."

The Sycamores enter the weekend with 1-4 overall record on the season coming off their last dual meet against Missouri State. ISU returns home to the Vigo County Aquatic Center on Saturday, December 4 for Senior Day as the Sycamores host Bellarmine and Eastern Illinois to the pool in their final home meet of the 2021-22 season.

Purdue Invite – November 18-19, Thursday: 3M Diving event & Friday: 1M Diving event.

Indiana State has a pair of divers sitting in the top-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference this season in the 3M diving event, while Bailey Betzer is eighth overall in the 1M heading into the weekend. Betzer is coming off MVC Diver of the Week honors in her last event after taking the event title in the 1M while finishing second in the 3M.

Sarah Montgomery set a season high in her last event and currently boasts the third-best performance in the conference in the 3M diving event at 266.55. Betzer is also coming off her best performance of the season in the event with a 253.57 score over her six dives. Keara Shelton (226.13, 14th), Brooke Bernhardt (221.77, 16th), and Daniela Orta

Castaneda (217.43, 19th) are also among the top-20 in the conference heading into the weekend event.

Betzer leads four Sycamore athletes that sit among the top-15 in the 1M diving conference rankings heading into the weekend. Betzer's 245.10 score put her eighth-best in the league heading into the event. Bernhardt (226.70, 12th), Shelton (226.70, 12th), and Montgomery (224.45, 14th) are also among the league leaders in the event.

Kansas Classic – November 19-21. Order of events for Friday: Morning Preliminaries (500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free) | Evening Finals (200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay). Order of events for Saturday: Morning Preliminaries (400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back) | Evening Finals (200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 800 Free Relay). Order of events for Sunday: Morning Preliminaries (200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 1650 Free) | Afternoon Finals (1650 Free (fastest heat), 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay).

The Sycamores enter the weekend with a number of athletes that sit among the top-five in the Missouri Valley Conference in a multitude of events this season and will look to improve their placement in one of the final events of the fall season. Molly Fogarty will look to continue her run in the distance events following her third-place finish in the 1650 Free event in the dual meet against Northern Iowa. Carmen Alard Vegas and Madie Rutan are expected to lead the Sycamores in the backstroke events with both athletes sitting among the conference leaders. Chloe Farro has been the team leader in the short freestyle events, while Alexandria Cotter has been tops in the breaststroke.

Marni Gray continues to be one to watch in the butterfly events, while Sarah Moreau has also put together a strong season in the 100 Fly event on the season. Vegas also doubles as the team's top finisher in the 200 IM on the season.