WKU swim teams sweep Southern Illinois on Senior Day

Senior Krista Mantay swims the 1000-yard freestyle alongside WKU’s freshman Samantha Holmes against two Southern Illinois swimmers on Saturday.

Lucas Aulbach

The men’s and women’s swimming teams at WKU wrapped up their regular season Saturday with home wins over Southern Illinois.

The teams lived up to the added pressure of performing on Senior Day, with the men’s team winning, 170-127, and the women’s team grabbing a 173.5-109.5 victory.

“I’m extremely pleased with probably about 90 percent of the races,” Head Coach Bruce Marchionda said after the meet.

Marchionda praised the teams for performing well on Senior Day.

“This has been such a great class for the past four years,” he said. “To see them go out with two wins means a lot to them, and it means a lot to us.”

Marchionda said that his next challenge will be setting the lineup for February’s Sun Belt Conference Championships, calling it “the worst thing I have to do all year.”

Assistant Coach Brian Thomas said that he was also pleased with the outcome of the meet, citing the aggression of the teams as a major reason for the wins.

Thomas said the win was an important step toward the conference championship at the end of next month, which is the next time the teams will be in action.

“We’ve been swimming well, and we’re aiming to peak in three and a half weeks,” he said.

The Sun Belt championships will take place from February 23-26 in Dallas.