Meng Breaks School Record in 100 Back
Dec. 6, 2013
OXFORD, Ohio - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team completed another record-breaking day in the second day of competition at the Miami (OH) Invitational. Alison Meng highlighted the day as she broke the 100 back school record in the prelims with a time of 54.55, which was also a NCAA B qualifying time. Her first place finish of 55.47 was the second fastest time in Illinois history.
After two days of competition the Illini currently sit in second place with 960.5 points. Host team Miami (OH) sits in first with 1275 points, followed by Illinois (960.5), Denison (814), Emory (709), Cincinnati (527), Ball State (343.5), Wright State (275) and Urbana (59).
"Overall we had a very solid day," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It was a challenging day with everyone competing in multiple races. There were definitely some warriors in the pool today."
The Illini saw impressive times from the entire team, including three event victories and 19 lifetime bests accomplished by the Illini at the Nixon Aquatic Center.
Courtney Pope continued her impressive senior season claiming first place in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.25, placing her sixth on the all-time fastest individuals list. The Illini took the top 3 spots in the event, as Megan Marchuk (1:49.72) claimed second edging out Gabbie Stecker (1:50.29).
Continuing Illini's relay success at the invitational, Illinois took second in the 200 freestyle relay as Courtney Pope, Sabrinne Gibson, Alison Meng and Megan Marhuck swam a time of 1:33.02, which put them eighth on Illinois' all-time top 10 fastest individuals list.
Sarah Sykstus also tackled the record books, as her third place finish (2:02.08) in the 200 Fly Sarah Sykstus was the second fastest time in school history and moved her into second on the all-time fastest individuals list. She also swam the eighth fastest time (2:01.94) in Illinois history in the prelims.
Gabbie Stecker had a couple impressive swims on the night including a fourth place in the 200 fly (2:02.46), good for sixth on the all time fastest individuals list. Stecker also moved into 10th on the all-time fastest individual list with her third place finish (1:50.29) in the 200 free.
"I'm very happy with performance on the whole," diving coach Chris Waters said. "We made some good corrections on our dives, but still need to work on our consistency."
The Illini will begin the last day of competition Saturday Morning at 8 a.m. CT.