The Illini will face Nebraska on Saturday and will honor the seniors prior to the meet.
Jan. 24, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will host Nebraska for Senior Day this Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at the ARC Pool. Last season, the Illini pushed the all-time series record to 4-1 after narrowly defeating the Cornhuskers, 152-148. Saturday's contest will mark the team's final home meet of the season.
"For the past couple of seasons, our meets against Nebraska have been very close and competitive," Illini head coach Sue Novitsky said. "Looking at the results from last weekend for both teams, it will shape up to be another tight meet. The points that are earned from team depth will most likely have a huge role in determining the outcome."
The Orange and Blue enter Saturday's contest with a 2-3 record after defeating Iowa State last Friday night but losing to Iowa on Saturday. The Illini totaled 12 first-place finishes in the victory over Iowa State.
Meanwhile, Nebraska brings a 6-1 record into the weekend with its lone loss coming last Saturday afternoon to San Diego State.
"In order to win, a total team effort is going to be necessary," Novitsky said. "As a team, we need people to step up, be courageous and have those breakthrough performances. We need to compete hard from beginning to end and continue to execute in our races."
"It has been fun to watch this class develop from its first season into consistent contributors in the pool and in the classroom," Novitsky said. "All eight leave with their names somewhere in the record books, either in individual events, relays or with pool records. I appreciate and thank them for their loyalty and for the hard work that they have put in for the team these past four years. It was not always a smooth road, but their persistence, dedication and fight make them all great representatives of the University of Illinois."