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Illinois State swimming and diving had its first season home opener at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Horton Field House. The Redbirds beat the Butler Bulldogs with a final score of 182-97. This was also head coach Caitlin Hamilton's first career win.

Illinois State University swimming and diving will be kicking off on Jan. 30 when the Redbirds go to the annual University of Illinois at Chicago Diving Invitational. Illinois State will make its home debut on Feb. 13 with a duel against Valparaiso.

The second-year head coach Caitlin Hamilton is excited for the season.

“It is a sense of relief to finally have our meet schedule for the upcoming season. Throughout the summer and fall, the [Missouri Valley Conference] head coaches met and came up with a revised plan that put our student-athletes’ safety at the forefront,” Hamilton said.

After Valparaiso, they will be hitting the road for a dual meet at Northern Iowa on Feb. 27. The Redbirds will then have three weeks off before a double dual meet against conference rivals Southern Illinois and University of Evansville on March 19. ISU will then wrap up the regular season against Little Rock on March 27.

The 2021 Missouri Valley Conference Championships are set for April 14-16 in Carbondale. More info will be released about the championship at a later date.

Unfortunately fans will not be able to attend the meets at Horton Pool this spring, if information changes we will update when that happens.

ZACH STANGEL is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @StangelZach

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