Rachel Japp Joyce
A total of 30 Illini athletes honored
Holz wins fifth event of the season
Swimmers win all seven events
Sit in second place after seven events
Will honor seniors prior to meet
Photos from 2012 student-athlete graduates from various sports. (photos by Mark Cowan, May 11, 2012).
Senior 2011-12 - Captured a career-best time in the 50 breast (29.85) at the TYR Invite ... Posted career-best times in the 100 breast (1:04.67) and 200 breast (2:20.28) at the Big Ten Championships ... Ranks 3rd in the 50 breast (29.85) on the all-time fastest individuals list ... Honored with the Fighting Illini Spirit Award at the team awards banquet ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient.
Junior 2010-11 - Posted a first-place finish in the 200 breast (2:25.11) at Illinois State ... Captured personal-best times in the 100 free (55.27) at the Hawkeye Invite and in the 100 breast (1:05.18) and 200 breast (2:21.51) at the Big Ten Championships ... Achieved a season best (24.42) in the 50 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Big Ten Sportsmanship award recipient ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient.
Sophomore 2009-10 - Swam in every dual meet for the Illini during her sophomore season ... Claimed a first-place finish at Illinois State in the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.70 ... Earned second-place finishes in the 200 breast at the home (2:27.91) and away (2:25.86) meets against Illinois State ... Swam three career-best times at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 breast (1:05.30), 200 breast (2:22.07) and 50 free (24.36) ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient.
Freshman 2008-09 - Swam in every meet for the Illini during her freshman season ... Placed fifth in the 100 breast against Nebraska (1:10.13) ... Against Iowa, she finished sixth in the 100 breast ... At the Big Ten Championships, she achieved three career bests in the 50 free (24.97), 100 breast (1:05.45) and 200 breast (2:23.76).
High School - Earned four varsity letters in swimming and four in water polo ... Qualified for the state meet all four years ... Named to the SWSC All-Conference and All-Sectional teams all four years ... Named swimming team MVP in 2007 ... School record holder in 200 medley relay and 100 breastroke ... 2008 Female Athlete of the Year at Lincoln-Way East High School.
Personal - Born Dec. 4, 1989 ... Parents are Daniel and Janice Joyce ... Has an older sister, Alexandra, and a younger sister, Natalie and a brother, Samuel ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Lists her biggest thrill in sports as training hard all season and then getting your best time in your taper meet ... Hobbies include relaxing with friends and family when she is not swimming ... Plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.