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    Illini Return to Minneapolis for Minnesota Challenge
    Senior Michelle Mehnert will look to continue her past success at the Minnesota Challenge at the two-day meet this weekend.

    Senior Michelle Mehnert will look to continue her past success at the Minnesota Challenge at the two-day meet this weekend.

    Feb. 1, 2012

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifteen members of the Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the second weekend in a row to compete in the Minnesota Challenge, Feb. 3-4. The women will compete in three sessions during the course of the weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, followed by 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

    "In the past, we've performed really well at this meet and have had a lot of fast swims and lifetime bests," Illini head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It's an opportunity to have a three-session meet and to keep putting those pieces together. It's also an opportunity to see the end of the process that we've been working on and building up to all season long. You always want to have a goal you're shooting for, and for a lot of our girls, this weekend is that great opportunity for that. There are a lot of schools there, so there is a lot of great competition. It's a chance for them to execute and for us as coaches to keep helping them get better. "

    Divers Britni Fisher, Tessa Adams, Keri Eberhardt, Darragh McDermott, Erika Murphy and Emily Fung will compete for the Illini on the boards, while Cara Chuang, Caitlin Conroy, Andrea DeAngelis, Sabrinne Gibson, Anne Goering, Callan McDermott, Michelle Mehnert, Katie Roeing and Emily Wilkinson will represent the Orange and Blue in the pool.

    Last year, Mehnert led the Illini at the Minnesota Challenge, securing a fourth-place finish in the 400 IM with a personal-best time of 4:37.64. The Champaign native also posted a lifetime best in the 200 free (1:56.70) and a season best in the 100 free (55.94). On the boards, Adams led the Illini with a third-place finish in the one-meter dive (260.45) and a ninth-place finish in the three-meter dive (231.60), while Eberhardt placed eighth in the three-meter (232.70) and McDermott placed 10th in the one-meter (233.75).

    The Illini wrapped up their dual season last weekend at the Big Ten Quad Duals and finished out the year with a 5-7 record. This weekend's meet marks the final competition for Illinois before the Big Ten Championships, which will take place Feb. 15-18 in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Visit for complete results and recap at the conclusion of each day's events.

    Minnesota Challenge // Schedule of Events

    Session I: Friday, Feb. 3
    200 Free Relay
    500 Free
    200 IM
    50 Free
    400 Medley Relay

    Session II: Saturday, Feb. 4
    One-Meter Diving
    200 Medley Relay
    400 IM
    100 Fly
    200 Free
    100 Breast
    100 Back
    800 Free Relay

    Session III: Saturday, Feb. 4
    Three-Meter Diving
    1650 Free
    200 Back
    100 Free
    200 Breast
    200 Fly
    400 Free Relay

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