Women's Swimming


CeCe Marizu
CeCe Marizu

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Reno, Nev.

High School:
Bishop Manogue Catholic

Event:
Back/IM

01/11/2007

Winter Training Trip

Illinois visited Boca Raton, Fla., for this year's winter training trip.

2009-10 - Swam in every dual meet for the Illini during her senior season ... Earned a first-place finish in the 200 back (2:03.55) and second-place finishes in the 100 back (57.63) and 200 IM (2:09.63) at Iowa ... Achieved three season-best times at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 back (56.90), 200 back (2:01.05) and 200 IM (2:08.14) ... Finished her college career as the second-fastest individual in the 100 and 200 back and the eighth-fastest individual in the 200 IM in school history ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient.

2008-09 - The team's co-captain competed in every meet for the Illini during her junior season ... She dominated the 100 (58.17) and 200 (2:03.68) back against Michigan State, capturing event titles in both ... Swept the backstroke events at Iowa State ... Set a pool record at Illinois State in the 100 back (58.07); also took the event title in the 200 back (2:05.95) ... Earned two final swims at the Big Ten Championships in the 100 and 200 back ... Her leg of the 400 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships was the third-fastest performance in school history ... Became the first Illini student-athlete to receive the Leader of Distinction Award ... Was one of 44 student-athletes in contention for the award ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2007-08 - Took home titles in the 100 back (59.04) and 200 back (2:05.94) against Nebraska ... Had a fifth-place finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:04.74 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Won the 200 back (203.60) against Iowa ... Preliminary time of 2:01.63 was the fourth-fastest in school history ... Also swam her way onto two other Illinois all-time best top-10 lists at the Big Ten Championships, becoming the fourth-fastest individual in the 50 back (26.97) and third-fastest individual in the 100 back (56.60) ... Academic All-Big Ten Selection .. Received the team's Most Improved Award and Coaches Award.

2006-07 - Member of the 400 medley relay squad that swam at the U.S. Senior National Championships ... Participated in every meet for the Illini during her first season ... Claimed her first collegiate victories in the 100 back and 200 back against Illinois State ... Followed with first and second-place finishes in the 100 back and 200 back, respectively, against Ohio State ... Made it back from final swims in the 100 back (21st) and 200 back (13th) at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational ... Swam in the 200 IM (2:09.18), 100 back (58.10) and 200 back (2:04.91) at the Big Ten Championships ... Recorded career-best times in all three events at the Big Ten Championships.

High School - High school All-American ... Four-time champion and letterwinner in swimming at Bishop Minogue Catholic High School ... Also lettered in water polo as a junior and senior and was an all-tournament selection.

Personal - Born April 28, 1988 ... Parents are Kizito and Holly Marizu ... Majoring in broadcast journalism ... Possible post-graduation plans include helping in Nigeria ... Lists her dad as her biggest athletic influence because he pushed her and supported her, along with providing her with opportunities that he never had.

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