EIU Men’s and Women’s Swimming vs. Evansville
Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.
ON-TAP: Eastern Illinois will host their first swim meet of the year when they host Evansville at Padovan Pool on Saturday at 1 p.m. This marks the first meet for new head swim coach Tyler Donges, and assistant coach Emily Scholer. Men’s swimming finished with a record of 3-3 last season, and women’s swimming finished 2-5.
LAST MEETING: The Panthers have not faced Evansville since the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 season. Both men’s and women’s teams lost to Evansville during that season. The men’s lost 79-121 and the women’s final was 70-162.
MEN’S SENIORS: EIU returns six seniors from last’s seasons squad including Alex Adams, Forrest Baumgartner, Jaylan Butler, Jarod Farrow, Griffin Lewis, and Joel Talley. Adams finished third at the Summit League Championships in the 400 free relay with a team time of 3:05.11. Baumgartner placed third in the 100 IM with a time of 55.52. Talley finished in front of him with a second place finish and a time of 53.67, which also ranks sixth in school history. Farrow finished fifth in the men’s 1,650 free with a time of 16:24.92.
WOMEN’S SENIORS: The women’s squad returns four senior Panthers to their roster this season including Katy Black, Grace Hamrick, Jessica Harris, and Maddie Pittman. Pittman set a school record last season during the Summit League Championship in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:30.90 en route to a bronze medal. Black also placed second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:08.15.
EIU NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Kennedy Darensbourg returns for her sophomore campaign after she was chosen as the EIU Newcomer of the Year after her performance last season. She was the bronze medalist in the 1,650 freestyle event at the Summit League Championships earning All-League honors. Darensbourg set the school record in one event while posting two other school top ten marks in distance events. She became the first EIU women’s swimmer to win an individual medal at the Summit League Championships since the 2012 season.
NEXT UP: Both teams will travel to Valparaiso on Saturday, Oct. 23 to face-off against the Beacons. EIU will return home to Padovan Pool the following week on Friday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. to race against Ball State.
HEAD COACH: Coach Donges comes to EIU after a successful one-year stop at Anderson University where he coached swimmers on the men’s and women’s teams to 22 school records last season. In 2019, Donges was head coach at the EXOS/Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center in Tampa, Florida. He developed the swimming fitness program for the team and was in charge of recruiting for the club. He coached for seven years with Yorktown Swim Club, beginning in 2012, taking over as head coach in 2015. During his time as head coach, Donges oversaw the direction of swimming for all athletes at the Yorktown Swim Club. He also took the lead in marketing and recruitment associated with Yorktown Swim Club. He graduated from Ball State University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.