Illini Defeat OSU, Fall to ND
The University of Illinois swimming and diving team improved its record to 8-4 and 4-2 in the Big Ten by defeating Ohio State, 226.5-123.5, in a double dual this weekend at IMPE Pool. The swimmers fell to nationally ranked Notre Dame, 195.5-153.5. The win over Ohio State marks Illinois Head Coach Jim Lutz's 50th win at Illinois. He is the all-time winningest coach in Illinois swimming and diving history (50-30).
Individual winners on day two of the meet included 1997 NCAA qualifier Nicola Homenock in the 400 IM. The senior won in a time of 4:29.87. Junior Emily Wang continues to swim well, taking the 100 free in a time of 51.95.
Illinois' 400 freestyle relay team of Traci Bollinger, Wang, Homenock and Marcie Black was also victorious, winning the final event of the two-day meet in a time of 3:30.91.
"I'm pleased we came back with some pretty solid swims this morning," Illinois Head Coach Jim Lutz said. "You can tell that we are ready to rest and that our legs are tired, but at the same time I'm extremely optimistic about where we are right now. Mentally we are fine and our underclassmen are becoming more confident with every meet."
Illinois is home again next weekend as the team hosts the annual Illini Classic, an invitational featuring teams from across Illinois. Competition is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue all day Saturday.