November 9, 2011

Swimming opens year on high note

In the first winter sport event of the 2011-2012 season the Knox College swim teams opened with wins over Eureka College in a dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Lay Natatorium. The women topped the Red Devils 184-37 while the men prevailed 128-53.
Seven different Knox swimmers took home multiple victories for the Prairie Fire, including senior girls Bess Cooley, Tory Kassabaum, Rachel Clark and Anne Heberle.
Cooley won the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke. Kassabaum placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke. Clark won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle and Heberle took first in the 50-yard butterfly and the 50-yard breaststroke.
Each swimmer scored 18 points for Knox by placing first in two events, and the four also teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay race.
The women also saw individual wins from freshman Susannah Lodge-Rigal, junior Anna Claypool and senior Laura Blue in the 200-yard freestyle, 50 yard backstroke and 500 yard freestyle, respectively.
Lodge-Rigal, Blue, junior Amanda Lee and freshman Madeline Troy also led Knox to a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay race.
On the men’s side, junior Patrick Inness led the Prairie Fire by winning three individual events, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle, the 500-yard freestyle and the 50-yard butterfly.
Seniors Tyler O’Neill and Alan Ning won two events apiece; O’Neill prevailed in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke while Ning took first in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle.
The men also won the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.
The Prairie Fire swimmers take part in the Monmouth Invitational on Nov. 12 at Monmouth College. The events begin at 11 a.m.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for cornbeltbaseball.com, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.


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