Southern Illinois University, the University of Evansville, Illinois State University and the University of Missouri competed in the SIU 5K Open Water Festival this month in Grassy Lake, Marion, Illinois.
The final times of the college teams were comprised of the cumulative times of the top three swimmers each from the participating schools.
In the men's race, the SIU Saluki team of Matt Parsons, Matt Kruse and Barrett Mark combined for a cumulative first-place finish with the respective times of 59:15, 59:17 and 59:52.
The SIU women's team of Kirsten Groome, Jennifer Kwok and Keli Kramer tied with Missouri in the nine-team race. Kirsten won the women's 5K in 59:32.
Photo of Rick Walker, coach of Southern Illinois University and 2009 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominee, who created the inaugural SIU 5K Open Water Festival this year. You can vote for Rick or the other nominees here.
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