Women's Swimming
Illinois Third after First Day


Jan. 14, 2006

After day one of the University of Michigan tri-meet, the Illini stand in third place with 283 points. The University of Notre Dame stands in first place with 345 points and are followed by the host school University of Michigan in second place with 329 points.

The Illini will compete in three sessions this weekend, consisting of a session a day resulting in a three-day championship format.

Top Illinois swimmers in the first session were freshman Marissa Clapp who placed third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.96. Barbie Viney added another third place finish in the 50 free in 23.78 and senior Britta Janssson finished fifth in the 500 free in 5:04.05.

Illinois relay teams finished third in the 200 free relay consisting of Viney, Rebecca Poetz, Christina Brunka and Meghan Farrell in a time of 1:35.08 and fourth in the 400 medlay relay consisting of Caroline Moore, Kathryn Easey, Brunka and Farrell with a time of 3:58.07.

In 1-meter diving the Illinois divers took sixth and seventh place respectfully. Jackie Bain scored a 203.25 to place her right above her teammate Marina Mendoza who scored 198.40 and seventh place.

Coming off heavy training sessions over winter break the Illini hope to get back into racing form. The team traveled to Curacao over winter break and had a chance to swim against the Curacao National team. The team just got back January 8th and this is their first meet of their second yearlong season.

Competition resumes Saturday morning.