Women's Swimming
Illini Kick Off Season with Orange and Blue Meet

Sue Novitsky, who coached the Orange team, begins her 14th season as head coach.
Sue Novitsky, who coached the Orange team, begins her 14th season as head coach.

Oct. 12, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini swimming and diving team began the 2013-14 season with its annual Orange and Blue exhibition Saturday morning at the ARC Pool. Backed by a group of newcomers, the Blue team claimed the victory over the Orange team, 120.5-100.5, for the team's first win in three years. The Illini captured an impressive five meet records on the day.

Taking eight of the 12 events, the Blue took home three meet records.

"We saw a lot of great competitive events, all throughout the meet, from the start setting a meet record in the first event to setting a meet record in the final event," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "There were a lot of close races and it was very close on the diving boards as well."

In the 50 free, senior Courtney Pope took the victory breaking the meet record with a time of 24.21. In the same event Hollie Smith captured a personal best with a time of 26.42.

Sophomore Lori Lynn broke the 100 fly meet record with a time of 57.61. The Illini also broke a meet record in the final event, as the group of seniors Jessica Holz and Courtney Pope and freshmen Amelia Schilling and Gabbie Stecker claimed first (3:31.34).

Other first-place finishers for the Blue were Schilling in the 200 free (1:53.02) and Lynn in the 200 IM (2:09.73), as well as Erika Murphy, in the three-meter dive (234.44) and Pope in the 100 free (52.23). Stecker also claimed first in the 500 Free with a time of 5:02.70.

The Orange captured for four first-place finishes of its own, claiming two meet records.In the first event, the Orange captured a meet record, as sophomore Sarah Sykstus, junior Alison Meng and seniors Erica Lynn and Anne Goering teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:47.38). In the 100 back, senior Cara Chuang broke the meet record with a time of 58.48.

Additional first-place finishers for the Orange were senior Erica Lynn in the 100 breast (1:07.03) and junior Emily Fung in the one-meter dive (228.52).

"This meet helps us get a good idea of what we need to work on a little bit more and what we need address a little bit more in practice," Novitsky said. "We have to set a meet lineup for Friday. So today helps me get a good idea of who is swimming well and where I can slot them into the lineup."

The Illini will open the regular season against Northwestern and Eastern Michigan on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 in Evanston.