Marissa Clapp swam an NCAA "b" cut provisional time in the 200 breast on day 2 of the Michigan Invitational.
Jan. 13, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior Barbie Viney took second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free as the Illini swimming and diving team picked up the pace in the final session of the Michigan Invitational at Canham Natatorium. Sophomore Marissa Clapp swam an NCAA "B"-cut provisional time in the 200 breast, posting a 2:17.36, the fourth-best time in school history.
As a team, Illinois finished fourth with 417 points behind No. 13 Indiana (1,460.5), No. 19 Notre Dame (1,074) and No. 10 Michigan (1,052.5).
"We definitely were a lot better today," Illinois coach Sue Novitsky said. "We were able to compete and get some of the jitters of competing against some of the top teams in the country aside. We came in and swam tough. To be able to compete well at our championship meets, we have to learn how to swim multiple events in a session with short rest."
Viney finished second in the 200 free in 1:52.90 and posted a 51.02 in the 100 free to take third. Meghan Farrell finished eighth in the 100 free in 52.60. The 800 free relay of Viney, Caroline Moore, Katie Theissen and Amy Forsberg helped spur the Illini on to a stronger performance in the evening session with their 7:41.00 finish that grabbed fifth place at the end of Saturday's morning session.
"All four teams were pretty sluggish in the morning," Novitsky said. "But our 800 free relay put together a tough swim, and that's hard coming off the 200 free relay earlier in the morning. This morning we showed our toughness and in the afternoon we were able to wake up a little bit more."
Rounding out the Illini's top finishers on the day was Jen Ivarson, who grabbed fifth place in the 200 fly in 2:05.30.
"Overall, I feel like we're in a pretty good place as a team," Novitsky said. "We're starting to put the pieces together to get them ready to peak and swim fast at the Big Ten Championships. Now we got some time to get their legs back under them."
The Illini travel to Iowa next Saturday for a dual meet with the Hawkeyes at 1 p.m. before taking two weeks off prior to the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 8-10.