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Marion County College Report

Winning ways follow Langenfeld

It has been a year of changes for Andrew Langenfeld. One thing that has not changed, however, is that his swimming team is winning.

The Centralia grad transferred from West Virginia to Purdue during the offseason and has helped the Boilermakers post nothing but victories.

Purdue has downed national powers Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Northwestern in dual action. They also won the Purdue Invitational and the Indiana Intercollegiate and headed home for the holidays with an undefeated record.

"I am excited about the undefeated record, but the tough part of our season is yet to come," Langenfeld said. "If everyone comes back from the break healthy and in good shape, we have a shot at moving to the top half of the Big Ten Conference. Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota all have tremendous programs."

Individually, Langenfeld has Purdue's top times in the 50-yard freestyle (20.35 seconds) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.44). He also has the Boilermakers second-best times of the year in the 100-yard freestyle (45.21) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:49.59).

"In the second semester, I want to swim smarter and become more focused," said Langenfeld. "That plus tapering will allow me to drop some time."

Langenfeld has also been a force in the relay events representing the team with top times in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard medley relay. The top times posted by Purdue in those respective events are 3:00.43, 1:30.78 and 3:17.75. ...

The Illinois State swimming team placed third at Akron’s hosted Zippy Invitational. Individually, ISU sophomore and Centralia graduate Lindsay Dinkelman won the 100-yard breastroke touching the wall at 1:05.75. She also took third in the 200-yard breastroke (2:24.17). Dinkelman was also a member of the 200-yard medley relay (fourth, 1:48.94), the 200-yard freestyle relay (10th, 1:39.44) and the 400-yard medley relay (4:01.99). ISU scored 1,167 points. Ohio University won the outing with 1,588.5. ...

Salem grad Holly Hooe swam in three individual events at the Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis-hosted House of Champions. The Eastern Illinois senior's best performance was 14th in the 200-yard breastroke (2:35.07). She was also 16th in the 100-yard breastroke (1:11.84) and 19th in the 400-yard individual medley (5:03.14). As a team, EIU scored 198 points and finished seventh. Ball State University won the outing with 795. ...

Men’s basketball

Matt Shaw poured in a team-high 24 points as the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak win an 88-78 win over Western Kentucky 88-78. The Centralia product drilled 8-of-11 field goals and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Of his field goals, three were from beyond the 3-point arc. The senior forward completed the double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds and three assists. SIUC is 5-5 overall. ...

Last week, SIUE defeated Trinity International (69-52), but lost to Truman State (58-48). In the loss, former Centralia player Anthony Jones had seven points and two rebounds. He tallied five points, three assists and two steals in the victory. SIUE will not play again until Jan. 5. Entering the break SIUE is 6-3 overall and 0-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

McKendree University freshman Andy Wolff doled out a team-high 10 assists to help the Bearcats thump Concordia Seminary 113-46. Wolff also had eight points and four rebounds in the rout. The Centralia resident and former Metro East player also had four points, two rebounds and two assists in McKendree's 89-84 win over Indiana Tech. McKendree is 10-4 and has won its past five games. McKendree will return to action on Jan. 5 against Indiana University-South Bend. ...

Women’s basketball

Salem grad Ellen Young scored in double figures twice last week to help Southern Illinois-Carbondale extend its winning streak to three games. The freshman bucketed 20 points in SIUC's 87-69 win over Tennessee Tech. The freshman guard drained 6-of-10 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. The former Wildcats star hit one trey, pulled down three rebounds and doled out two assists in the victory. She tallied 10 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the Lady Salukis 70-49 win over Chicago State. SIUC is 4-5. ...

Centralia grad Samantha Maines scored five points, but it was not enough to power Maryville University beyond Washington University. With the 77-48 loss, Maryville slipped to 3-2. …

The United States Air Force Academy downed Adams State 68-48 for their second-consecutive win. Salem grad Kim Kreke had four points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals for the Falcons. Air Force is now 6-5 overall. ...

Kristen Barrow, a Centralia grad, scored the first four points of her season earlier this month. The DePauw sophomore scored two points and grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes of play in DePauw's 92-69 win over Wittenberg. She also had two points in DePauw's 80-55 triumph over Centre College. DePauw is ranked in the top 10 in both NCAA Division III polls. They are 7-2 overall. ...

Indoor track

Salem grad Justin Helpenstine opened his college track season by finishing fifth in the 800-meter run at the Eastern Illinois Early Bird meet The EIU freshman, a Salem grad, finished the race in 1:57.20. Team scores were not kept. ...

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