Freshman Gabbie Stecker has recorded four event victories in five meets this season.
Nov. 9, 2013
The Illinois swimming and diving team produced another strong effort in the ARC Pool Saturday morning against Kansas setting three pool records on their way to a 186-114 victory. The Illini claimed 11 of the 14 swimming events and have now claimed 25 of 28 swimming events at home this season. Last weekend the Illini swept all 14 swimming events against Illinois State.
"I thought we had a really nice meet from start to finish," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "We had some really outstanding swims throughout the meet and we had a strong showing in each and every event."
The Orange and Blue opened and closed the meet claiming pool records. In the 400-medley relay Alison Meng, Erica Lynn, Sarah Sykstus and Courtney Pope set the tone for the Illini taking the victory and setting a pool record with a time of 3:49.94. The previous record (3:50.62) was set in 1996 by Illini swimmers Didde, Smith, Homenock and Sands.
The Illini capped the day with a pool record (1:34.81) in the 200 free relay by Pope, Meng, Jessica Holz and Megan Marchuk. Pope, Meng and Marchuk edged out their previous pool record (1:35.00) set in 2012 along with former teammate Kimberly Kalenda.
Individually Meng edged her name into the record books once again as she posted a pool record (55.79) in the 100 back. Meng preciously set the pool record in 2012 (56.25). Meng also finished first in the 100 fly (56.35), marking her seventh event victory of the season. Meng totaled seven event victories in her breakout sophomore season.
"Being able to break three pool records, that was one of our season goals coming in," Novitsky said. "It's nice to get three of those taken care of."
Freshman Gabbie Stecker also edged her name in the Illini record books as her time of 10:13.77 in her 1000 free victory placed her 10th on Illinois' all-time top 10 individuals list. Stecker also finished first in the 500 free (4:58.71) and now has four event victories in her first collegiate season.
Other first-place finishers included Pope in the 100 free (52.02) and 50 free (24.15), Erica Lyn in the 200 breast (2:21.06), Jessica Holz in the 200 back (2:04.74) and Megan Marchuk in the 200 free (1:54.13).
The Illini had a number of second place finishers including Mary Beth Howard in the 200 free (1:54.51) and 200 back (2:07.15), Erica Lynn in the 100 breast (1:05.95), Sarah Sykstus in the 200 fly (2:06.24) and 200 IM (2:09.67) and Megan Marchuk in the 100 free (53.18).
On the boards Olivia Koussani placed second in the one-meter dive with a score of 244.72. Erika Murphey took third in the event with a score of 241.04. In the three-meter dive Koussani led the Illini with a third place showing (225.44). Emily Fung followed with a fourth place finish (220.20).
UP NEXT: The Orange will have some time off from competition before the multi-day Miami (OH) Invitational beginning on December 5.