Women's Swimming
Illini Return Home to Face Rutgers on Senior Day

Senior Courtney Pope has had an impressive start to the season totaling a season-best six individual event victories
Senior Courtney Pope has had an impressive start to the season totaling a season-best six individual event victories

Jan. 9, 2014

 The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will host Rutgers in their third home meet of the season at the ARC Pool Friday morning at 10 a.m. CT. Illinois (5-2) will look to continue their dominant home success this season and send out the seniors with another home victory. This will be the first time the Orange and Blue will face off against Rutgers. Rutgers comes into the meet boasting a 5-1 record in dual meet competitions this season.

 "We are looking forward to competing for the first time against Rutgers," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "They are a good team that has been competing well. Seeing new competition always keeps you on your toes."

 Six Illini seniors will be recognized after the meet for their careers spent in the pool and the classroom at Illinois. The Illini will honor Cara Chuang, Anne Goering, Jessica Holz, Erica Lynn, Courtney Pope and Alyssa Toland.

"This group of young ladies are outstanding representatives for the University of Illinois," Novitsky said. "They want to swim well for their team and leave their mark on the program. I am proud to be able to coach such a hard working group."

The Illini have swam impressively at home this season with a 2-0 record in the ARC Pool. Illinois has dominated the swimming events at home claiming an event victory in 25 of 28 swimming events. The Illini opened the season at home sweeping all 14 swimming meets against in-state rival Illinois State in a 206-94 trouncing. A week later Illinois continued their success in swimming events breaking three pool records on their way to claiming 11 swimming event victories. This will be the first time the Illini will compete at home in two months.

 The Illini return home after two successful invitationals. Illinois will be on short rest after taking the 10ma Copa Coqui Invitational victory in Puerto Rico Sunday, Jan. 5. The Illini claimed three event victories on their way to finishing first out of 16 teams with score of 58 points. Returning home on Wednesday, the Illini will face the challenge of competing on short rest.

"The team will be coming in right off of our trip and we will have to handle the travel and fatigue of training," Novtisky said.

The Illini also swam in the Miami (OH) Invitational on Dec. 5-7 where they finished second out of eight teams, while recording 31 lifetime bests.

 Illinois will return to competition next Friday, Jan. 17 to face Iowa State at 4 p.m. CT in Ames, Iowa.