Illini Face Xavier on Winter Trip
Jan. 5, 2012
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team returned to action Wednesday after a 45-day break to face Xavier during the team's annual winter training trip. The meet was an unofficial, non-scored competition held at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. The Orange and Blue were victorious in all seven events and finished second in six out of seven races.
"The team did a nice job standing up and competing today after a solid block of training," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It has been over a month for most of the athletes since their last race, and it is important to get them back in the competition mode. The month of January is going to be very important for us as a team to sharpen our racing and focus with all of our chances to compete."
The relay teams started out strong for Illinois, capturing first and second in the 200 medley relay with times of 1:49.25 and 1:49.91, respectively. The Illini teams also took first and second place in both the 4x100 IM (4:09.31, 4:16.21) and the 200 free (1:39.38, 1:42.32) relays.
The Illini continued their success in individual events, as junior Erin Lamb captured first in the 100 free with a time of 53.40, and sophomore Jessica Holz won the 100 back (1:01.28). Freshman Alison Meng and senior Rachel Japp Joyce added wins in the 100 fly (58.74) and 100 breast (1:09.69).
A trio of Illini swam to second-place finishes in individual events, including senior Kristen Manias in the 100 free (53.44), junior Kathleen Knight in the 100 fly (1:00.18) and sophomore Erica Lynn in the 100 breast (1:09.81).
On the boards, the divers competed in a shoot-out against West Virginia and Maryland. Junior Darragh McDermott earned third place, while freshmen Erika Murphy and Emily Fung placed fourth and sixth, respectively.
The Orange and Blue will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, when they travel to Iowa to battle the Hawkeyes.