CARBONDALE, Illinois, October 13. THE Southern Illinois University women's swimming and diving team cruised to a 151-75 victory versus Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon at the the SIU student recreation center pool.
SIU improved to 2-0 on the season and took first place in 11 out of the 13 events en route to the win.
"Vanderbilt is a very prestigious SEC team and it is always nice to compete well against them," said SIU head coach Rick Walker. "They are an up and coming team and the way we competed speaks well for us."
Olivia Watson, daughter of SIU assistant basketball coach Rodney Watson joined the coaching staff as a special assistant for the meet.
"We've had many special assistants, but none finer than Olivia," said Walker. "We were honored to have her join us."
SIU jumped out to an early, 15-2, lead with first and second place finishes in the 400-meter medley relay. The team of Kelly Dvorak, Julie Ju, Kasey Fernandez and Isabel Madeira clocked in at 3:58:23 and Samantha Dvorak, Abby Blank, Emily Duerrigner and Rachael Slattery finished at 4:15:12.
Madeira and Kelly Dvorak took first and second place in the 200-yard freestyle and the Salukis went on to take the top three spots in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard intermediate to push their lead to 76-17.
Therese Mattsson (24:04), Tovah Gasparovich (24:74) and Rachael Slattery (25:61) took first, second and third in the 50-yard-freestyle and Danielle Quarry (2:12:94), Blank (2:14:97) and Samantha Dvorak (2:19:91) placed first through third in the 200-yard intermediate.
Vanderbilt tried to rally, taking all three top spots in the 100-yard freestyle to make the score, 85-43, but Quarry took first in the 200-yard backstroke, Ju took first in the 500-yard freestyle and Keli Kramer placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke to put SIU up, 138-71.
Emily Gable took first place in 3-meter and 1-meter diving with scores of 251.35 and 214:95 and Nicole Macvey placed second in 1-meter diving (211:65) to pace the Saluki dive team.
The Salukis finished the meet with a first-place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with Mattsson, Gasparovich, Madeira and Ju recording a time of 3:34:22 to give SIU the 151-75 overall victory.
SIU travels to Columbia, Mo. for it's next meet at the University of Missouri Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4.
Special thanks to Southern Illinois athletics for contributing this story.