Feb. 1, 2003
Minneapolis, Minn. - The University of Illinois Swimming and Diving team improved on the second day of action at the Big Ten Quad Meet in Minneapolis, but could not overcome their competitors, losing to Purdue 230-122, Wisconsin 208-135 and host Minnesota 212-133.
"We swam better today than we did yesterday," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "I thought we were still a little flat, but we did get better today. That is how we have been lately in the past couple of double-day meets. We have to work on our speed and technique as we approach the Big Ten Championships."
Junior Ilkay Dikmen was a bright spot for the Illini, winning the 200 breast and setting a season best mark in a time of 2:15.39. Dikmen's strong Friday night performance yielded a second NCAA "B" cut time, both of which are in the breaststroke events.
Illinois also got a strong showing out of junior diver Lisa Fish in the platform diving exhibition. Fish broke her old school record in the event with a score of 292.65.
"Lisa has been working really hard," diving coach Josh Seykora said. "We've been trying some new dives and she has been very consistent for us."
The Illini will take the next two and a half weeks to prepare for the upcoming Big Ten Championships, hosted by Purdue University onf Feb. 19-22.