Freshman Gabbie Stecker added her name to the records books contributing to a school record, while breaking into the top 10 all-time in the 1000 and 1650 freestyle.
Dec. 5, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team completed its first day at the Miami (OH) Invitational earlier today at the Nixon Aquatic Center, breaking a school record on their way to finishing in second place with 195 points after day one.
After completing the 800-freestyle relay and the 1650 freestyle, Miami (OH) currently holds the top spot with 278 points, followed by Illinois (195), Denison (173), Cincinnati (136), Wright State (89), Emory (80) and Ball State (54)
"We had a good night," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "With the way the team has been training we thought there could be some changes to the record books."
The Illini made a number of changes to the record books tonight, highlighted by a school record in the 800-freestyle relay. The Orange and Blue claimed the event victory, as Gabbie Stecker, Megan Marchuk, Amelia Schilling and Courtney Pope finished with a time of 7:19.05.
The Illini also finished fourth in the event as Mary Beth Howard, Rachel Burke, Lori Lynn and Hailey Booth finished with a time of 7:26.63. Howard's lead off on the relay put her 10th on Ililnois' all-time top 10 individuals list in the 200 free (1:50.54).
In the 1650 freestyle, Stecker led the Illini with a sixth-place finish (16:55.75), while moving into the 8th spot on Illinois' all-time top 10 individuals list. Stecker's 1000 split (10:10.11) also moved her into 6th all-time. Kayla Dlugopolski and Amelia Schilling placed 12th (17:07.65) and 15th (17:11.26) respectively, while Alyssa Toland finished in 19th place (17:44.29).
"Starting off the swimming with a school record and the B Relay finishing 4th was a fantastic start," Novitsky said. "Our divers stepped up for the team and competed in the platform event. The team stayed focused, relaxed and were supporting their teammates all through the session. If we maintain that effort we should continue to have some good performances."
The Illini return to action tomorrow at 9 a.m. for day two of the invitational.