Senior Kathleen Knight became the fourth-fastest Illini to swim the 100 fly on Friday
Feb. 22, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team remained in 12th place (42 points) at the Big Ten Championships after Friday's action. The Illini set two school records on day three of the four-day competition.
"We nearly made it back to finals this evening in multiple events," Illini head coach Sue Novitsky said. "We just were not as clean executing some of the details. When a couple hundredths of a second can move you up or down five or six spots, it is huge to be sharp. We continue to have multiple lifetime best times and will keep fighting to earn those second swims. Breaking the school record in the medley relay was a good step this evening. I was proud of Alison Meng to bounce back after a disappointing prelim swim. She was able to make some changes and break the school record leading off the relay. Now we have to stay focused on the task at hand and compete for those precious second swims."
After 14 events, Minnesota leads the standings with 573.5 points, followed by Indiana (422.5), Penn State (342.5), Ohio State (263), Purdue (238.5), Michigan (221), Wisconsin (195), Nebraska (137), Northwestern (131), Iowa (98), Michigan State (46) and Illinois (42).
Sophomore Alison Meng led off the 400 medley relay with the fastest 100 back (55.11) in school history. The 400 medley relay team of Meng, junior Erica Lynn, senior Kathleen Knight and sophomore Megan Marchuk secured the fastest time in Illinois history by clocking a time of 3:43.73.
In the 100 fly prelims, Knight secured a time of 55.54, placing her fourth on the all-time fastest individuals list in that event. Knight's time also was the eighth-fastest 100 fly in school history. Senior Alyssa Petruzzello swam a season-best time of 56.65, while freshman Sarah Sykstus (56.15) and junior Emily Wilkinson (57.99) captured personal-best times.
In the 200 free prelims, junior Courtney Pope moved up to seventh place on the all-time fastest individuals list by clocking a time of 1:49.65. Sophomore Hailey Booth (1:51.60), junior Alyssa Toland (1:53.26), senior Kimberly Kalenda (1:54.08) and sophomores Sabrinne Gibson (1:54.90) and Kayla Dlugopolski (1:56.35) swam personal-best times in the event.
Four Illini swimmers secured career-best times during the 100 breast prelims, including Erica Lynn (1:03.96), freshman Hollie Smith (1:05.47), senior Sarah Coady (1:05.64) and freshman Jennifer Coady (1:07.89). Lynn improved her time on the all-time fastest individuals list in the 100 breast and remains in fifth place.
Alison Meng led the way for the Orange and Blue in the 100 back prelims by clocking a time of 55.65. Freshman Sloane McDermott (57.83) earned a personal-best time, while junior Jessica Holz (56.61) captured a season-best time in the event.
Freshman Stephanie Hein led the Illini in the 400 IM prelims by swimming a personal-best time of 4:30.13.
On the boards, senior Keri Eberhardt was the top finisher for the Illini with a score of 258.10 in the three-meter dive.
The Illini did not qualify for finals in any individual event on Friday. The Orange and Blue will return to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT for the final day of the Big Ten Championships.