Illini Head to Nebraska
Jan. 24, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill -The Illinois swimming and diving team returns to competition Saturday morning in Lincoln. Neb., to face Big Ten foe Nebraska. The Cornhuskers (3-2-1) will be the last team the Illini (8-5-1) will face in dual meet competition this season.
"The meet this Saturday is going to be a terrific test for the team," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "This is our last meet prior to the Big Ten Championships and we need to take advantage of one more opportunity to compete."
This marks the seventh time these two teams will square off. The Illini suffered a home loss to the Cornhuskers last season 194-106. The Illini will look to bounce back and improve their 4-2 all-time series record.
Nebraska enters the weekend having won their last two dual meets, defeating Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Iowa. The Cornhuskers have faced a couple familiar opponents as the Illini this season. Nebraska tied Iowa State at 150-150 earlier this season. The Illini traveled to ISU and defeated them 168-132. Both teams also share a loss to Iowa. Illinois will be the second Big Ten team Nebraska has faced this season.
"We are looking for the athletes to be aggressive and willing to take some risk to continue to work on having those breakout performances," Novitsky said. "Nebraska is a talented team and has competed very well this year. We need to stay focused and execute on each event to put ourselves in a position to challenge."
LAST TIME OUT
The Illini enter the weekend after finishing a long weekend trip that included three meets in four days. In their last meet, Illinois showed their strength at home defeating Southern Illinois 199.50- 96.50 and Olivet Nazarene 245.50-50.50 on Splash Bash.
After Saturday's meet the Illini will have a week off from competition before traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Minnesota Challenge on Feb. 7-8.