Sports / The Prairie Fire / February 2, 2011

Fire roundup: women’s swimming sweep; wrestling struggles

The Knox women’s swimming team dominated en route to a triangular sweep against Illinois College and Eureka College this Saturday in Jacksonville, Ill.

Junior Sarah MacDowell won two individual events—the 100 yard breaststroke and freestyle—and swam the first leg of the Prairie Fire’s victorious 200 yard freestyle relay team. Fellow junior Tory Kassabaum won the 50 yard freestyle and 200 yard backstroke.

In sum, the women’s team won 10 of 12 events in Jacksonville. Knox finished with a 357-285 win against IC and a 357-206 win over Eureka.

The men’s team lost to both IC and Eureka Saturday. They were led by junior Tyler O’Neill, who won the 100 yard breaststroke and 100 yard butterfly. O’Neill also participated in the Prairie Fire’s triumphant 200 yard freestyle relay team.

After being abroad in Copenhagen during the 2010 portion of the season, O’Neill has returned nearly to form, besting Illinois College’s next closest swimmer by 10 seconds in the 100 yard butterfly. The 200 yard freestyle relay team, which he anchored, was victorious by just .15 seconds.

For his efforts, O’Neill was named as the Midwest Conference performer of the week for men’s swimming and diving.

The Prairie Fire will be back in action this Saturday at Beloit College. It will be their last tune-up before the Midwest Conference Championships, hosted by Grinnell College Feb. 18-20 in Grinnell, Iowa.

Wrestlers near the bottom in Wheaton

The Prairie Fire squared off against the stiffest competition they would see all season last Saturday at the Pete Wilson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. Customarily, the Prairie Fire finished 31 of 32 teams.

Only three wrestlers recorded victories at the event. Juniors James Wagner and Alex Faulkner and freshman Eric Steingruber each won one match.

The Prairie Fire were supposed to travel to Lincoln, Ill. on Thursday, Feb. 3 to face Lincoln College in a dual meet. This was canceled, however, due to inclement weather.

Knox will be in action again on Saturday Feb. 12 against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill.

Kevin Morris

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