MACOMB, Ill. – Four Western Illinois swimming and diving alumni recently competed in the 2013 United States Masters Nationals in Indianapolis. Tom McCabe, Tom Wilczak, Jim Campana, and Jennifer Madgiak, with coach Bill Ryan, competed at the event last month.
“For me to see alumni getting together is great,” Western Illinois swimming and diving coach Greg Naumann said. “For alumni to compete, and not necessarily have swam together in college, wearing a Western swimming and diving shirt is cool, you don’t get to see that in many sports."
More than 1,600 swimmers competed in the U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals at the IUPUI Natatorium. Participants had to meet a national qualifying time in order to compete. The event has age groups from 18-24 to 80-84.
Tom McCabe, competing in the 55-59 age group, had a stellar performance in the pool. McCabe won the 50 freestyle and was part of a winning 200 medley relay. He finished second in the 100 freestyle and 200 free relay, third in the 200 freestyle, 50 butterfly, and 100 butterfly. McCabe also had top-five finishes in the 200 butterfly, and 200 medley relay.
Jim Campana, in the 60-64 age group, finished second in the 50 breaststroke, third in the 100 breaststroke, and fourth in the 200 medley relay.
Tom Wilczak, in the 50-54 age group, had top-10 finishes in a pair of relays, and finished in the top-20 in four individual events. Wilczak is ranked seventh in the Western Illinois record book in the 100 butterfly, a record he held from 1979-1986.
Jennifer Madgiak was a three-time All-Conference swimmer from 2004-2007. She had a pair of top-five relay finishes at the Masters Nationals, and had top-10 finishes in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 50 butterfly. Madgiak still holds the Western Illinois record in the 200 medley relay, and ranks fourth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle.
“To have them compete together with such a long difference in graduation and see them having a good time, wearing the Western Illinois Purple and Gold is just really cool,” Naumann said.