ST. LOUIS - The Billiken swimming and diving teams performed well on their final home meet of the year. The men picked up two victories with wins over Eastern Illinois (158-57) and Evansville (151-69). The women defeated Eastern Illinois 169-49 but lost a tough meet against Evansville 110-113.
The men were in control the entire meet. The Bills won 11 of the 12 events in the meet. Freshman Justin Pasquesi was in top form, winning three events on the day. His 4:45.77 in the 500-yard freestyle is SLU's second-fastest time on the season. He also won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.68. Pasquesi was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay that out-touched Evansville with their time of 1:26.15, a mere .09 seconds ahead of the Purple Aces.
Freshman Zack Billingsley also picked up three wins. He anchored the 200-yard medley relay, came in at 21.15 in the 50-yard freestyle and touched at 47.03 in the 100-yard freestyle for his three wins.
The women were also strong, winning half of their events in the meet. Junior Taylor Streid continued her success in the 200-yard IM with her fourth consecutive win in the event. She also won the 100-yard backstroke at 59.63. Sophomore Lizzy Osterman and freshman Jalynn Gieseke also picked up two wins. Osterman touched the wall at 53.73 in the 100-free for the win. Gieseke came in at 24.71 in the 50-yard freestyle for the win. Both Osterman and Gieseke were on the 200-yard freestyle relay team that won with a time of 1:39.52.
Senior Chad Carmichael, in his final home meet of his Saint Louis career, won the one-meter board with his score of 337.50. This score also puts him into the Zone "D" Diving Regional for the fourth consecutive year. He joins fellow senior Billy Hrabovsky as the only male divers in SLU history to make four zone regionals. Sophomore Christiana Eltiste also qualified for zones with her score of 273.90. Though she did not win the event (she finished second), her score is the top score on the one-meter board for the Billikens this season.
The Bills will now tune up for the A-10 Conference Championship in Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 22.