Illini to Face Three Big Ten Teams in Quad Meet
Jan. 26, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on conference foes Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin at the Big Ten Quad Meet this Friday and Saturday. The Illini have not met any of these teams thus far this season, but are 0-20 all-time against Minnesota, 7-25 against Purdue and 6-22 against Wisconsin. The Illini have met these teams at the Big Ten Quad Meet 16 times, boasting four wins over the Boilermakers and two wins over the Badgers in meet history.
"We have spent a lot of time on the road this month and the Big Ten Quad Meet is the last competition for our conference squad prior to the Big Ten Championships," Illini head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It is an excellent opportunity for the team to be able to compete against teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the country. Our focus this weekend will be on what we can control while competing with great intensity and energy. Over the past couple of weeks I have seen different athletes continuing to put the pieces in place and just going out and competing with confidence, courage and tenacity, and the result is people having times in season that are the best of their career."
The Orange and Blue enter the weekend with a 5-4 record, coming off a narrow win at Nebraska, 152-148, in which the Illini won seven individual events and one relay. The Illini were led by sophomore Erica Lynn, who earned wins in the 100 breast (1:06.76) and 200 breast (2:23.42), and senior diver Britni Fisher, who set a new school record on the one-meter board with a score of 298.27.
No. 15 Minnesota boasts a 7-0 record on the season with wins over conference opponents Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin. The Golden Gophers return home this weekend after upsetting then-No. 10-ranked Missouri, 178-122, which allowed Minnesota to move up eight spots in the CSCAA Division I poll.
Purdue is 5-1 on the season with conference wins over Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan State. Purdue travels to Minnesota after its first loss of the season, falling 169-130 to No. 12-ranked Indiana last weekend.
No. 19 Wisconsin enters the meet with a 4-5 record with wins over Milwaukee, Northwestern, Hawaii and Green Bay and conference losses to Iowa and Minnesota. The Badgers are coming off a 124-93 win over Green Bay at home.
Live stats will be available HERE. Visit fightingillini.com for complete results and recap at the conclusion of each day's events.
Big Ten Quad Meet // Schedule of Events
Friday, Jan. 27
Saturday, Jan. 28