Illini Sweep Final Day of Extravaganza
The University of Illinois swimming and diving team (4-3/1-2) swept its final day of action at the Dual Meet Extravaganza being held on the UI campus at the IMPE Pool. In a double dual, Illinois defeated Cincinnati, 78-35, and Indiana, 74-39.
A number of different Illini swimmers continued to step up, as the team once against dominated the individual events, winning 10 events. Highlighting the swims continues to be freshman Kathy Kielty, who is stepping up in the wake of senior Erin Didde's retirement due to injury. Kielty swept the backstroke events, taking the 100 in a time of 59.05 and the 200 in 2:04.77. Illinois senior Nicola Homenock also made headlines, taking three events (200 fly/:205.25, 500 free/4:59.29 and 100 fly/56.99). Illinois other doublewinner on the day was sophomore Anna Christiansen, who won the 200 IM (2:07.76) and the 200 breast (2:21.72).
The other wins for Illinois came from Darcy Adler in the 100 breast (1:05.06), Jen Peters in the 1000 free (10:19.83), Marcie Black in the 200 free (1:54.22), the 400 free relay (3:31.46) and the 400 medley relay (3:54.38).
"Today was probably the best session of swimming that we've had since I've been the coach at Illinois," said head coach Jim Lutz. "We had no bad swims all day and across the board just swam great. We swam from start to finish and had great strategy. This was a very easy meet to coach because the swimmers did everything we set up to do. I'm very pleased with the outcome of the meet."
The Illinois team takes next weekend off but Lutz will bring sophomores Adler and Christiansen to Northwestern where they will team up with the best of the Big Ten to challenge the United States Swimming National Team. Action is slated for both Friday and Saturday in Evanston.
Illinois Individual Results
400 Free Relay