After two events in the 2010-2011 season, it is clear both Prairie Fire swimming teams lack one thing: depth. In their first competition with Midwest Conference foes Illinois College and Lake Forest, the Prairie Fire placed fifth overall, one spot ahead of IC and far behind first place Lake Forest.
Though juniors Rachel Clark and Tory Kassabaum turned in strong performances at the Monmouth Invitational, the women’s swimming team could only muster a fifth place finish overall.
Kassabaum took fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, and seventh in the 200-yard individual medley. Clark placed fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, and sixth in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events.
The Prairie Fire was able to place swimmers in the top five in various events, but a lack of depth hurt the team’s overall performance. In both the 400-yard medley and freestyle relay races, the Prairie Fire placed fourth overall.
The men’s team placed sixth, only finishing ahead of Eureka College. Their strongest performance was a fifth place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The relay team cosists of of juniors Jeff Wickman, Kevin Lillie, Junyoung Cho, and freshman Alex Jandernoa.
Knox will have some time off before their next competition, the Pioneer Classic on Dec. 3rd and 4th at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. After that, the Prairie Fire will have a dual meet against IC in Jacksonville, Ill. on Dec. 9th.
Clark named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week
After a strong performance in Knox’s dual with Monmouth on Nov. 3,Clark was rewarded with the first Prairie Fire Performer of the Week award of the winter sports season.
Clark finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, and anchored the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team. She also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle.