The Prairie Fire swimming team traveled to Jacksonville, Ill. last Saturday to compete in the Illinois College Invite.
Knox’s women’s team defeated both Illinois College and Eureka College and are now 4-0 in dual meets this season. On the men’s side, the Prairie Fire split. “We had some very good swims,” Knox head coach Jonathan Powers said. “[Sophomore] Laura Blue had her best time in the mile and [senior] Alexandra Braun had her best time in the 500, which given the environment of the meet and how hard they have been working recently, were really good swims. I was pleased with the meet.”
Next weekend, the Prairie Fire travel to Appleton, Wis. to compete in the Midwest Conference Championships, which are being held at Lawrence University. “More than anything, I want to see people swim their best times in their lives. Swimming is an interesting sport because it is both an individual and a team. Individually, I want to see them swim well and have their best times. I know we will have a lot of top 16 finishes,” Powers said. “On the men’s side, [sophomore] Tyler O’Neill and [sophomore] Jeff Wickman will have some top swims. A number of the women’s relays will do very, very well. [Sophomore] Bess Cooley and [junior] Emilie Perrot will compete for conference championships in some of their events. On the women’s side, it is going to be fun to watch because Grinnell and Lake Forest will battle for the conference win. Grinnell has won it the last couple of years by a lot. On the men’s side, I think Grinnell has it wrapped up. We could do alright on the men’s side; it just depends on some of the relays. On the women’s side, we will be amongst a group of schools battling for a good position in the middle of the conference.”