Women's Swimming
Big Ten Championships: Day Two

Adler Third in 100 Breast in School-Record Time
Illinois still in sixth following day two of Big Ten Championships - 2/19/99

Minneapolis, Minn. - The University of Illinois women's swimming and diving team is in sixth place following two days of competition at the 1999 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota is in the lead followed by Michigan and Northwestern.

Illinois' day was highlighted by two record-breaking swims for sophomore Darcy Adler. The Arizona-native reset her school record in both the morning prelims and evening finals while capturing third place overall. Adler's time of 1:02.60 in the evening finals is a United States Olympic trials qualifying mark and provisionally qualifies her for the 1999 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

"The highlight of tonight was Darcy Adler finishing third and making her trial cuts," Illinois Head Coach Jim Lutz said. "She stood up and raced and her swim should be good enough to get her to the NCAA meet."

One more school record fell on day two as the 200 medley relay team of Betsy Nagel, Adler, Molly Busch and Traci Bollinger erased the old mark of 1:44.80 with a fifth-place time of 1:44.23. Illinois' other finalists were in the 400 IM where Nicola Homenock was sixth in 4:21.62 and Anna Christiansen was seventh in 4:24.36.

In other action, Illinois' biggest surprise of the day came from junior Natasha Messmer, a Minnesota native. The junior dropped two seconds from her personal best in the 100 fly to place 10th overall in a time of 56.18.

"Overall, we had another tremendous day," Lutz said. "But we've got to stay tough tomorrow because we're still in a dog fight with Penn State, Iowa and Indiana."