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    Illini Set to Compete at Big Ten Championships
    Sophomore Jessica Holz leads the Illini with eight individual wins on the season.

    Sophomore Jessica Holz leads the Illini with eight individual wins on the season.

    Feb. 13, 2012

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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team (5-7) returns to action this week for the 2012 Big Ten Championships, hosted by Iowa, Feb. 15-18 in Iowa City. The Illini will take on six nationally ranked teams, including No. 12 Indiana, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 17 Michigan, No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 20 Penn State. The Orange and Blue defeated Michigan State and Nebraska earlier this season but fell to Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue two weeks ago at the Big Ten Quad Duals and Northwestern and Iowa prior to that.

    "Heading into the Big Ten Championships is always an exciting time of year," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It is an opportunity for the athletes to compete against a challenging and deep field of competitors. As a team, we will continue to keep the focus on ourselves to get acclimated to the environment, help minimize the distractions and stay calm. It is a long competition and it will be important for us to go through the steps each session to be ready. The team is excited and has been putting up good times in the competitions leading into the Big Ten Championships. We will continue to strive for excellence."

    Sophomore Jessica Holz currently leads the team with eight individual wins on the season and boasts a team-leading time of 2:01.57 in the 200 back, making her the fifth-fastest individual to swim the event in school history. In diving, senior Britni Fisher leads the Illini with six first-place finishes and set new school records on both the one-meter (298.27) and three-meter (319.65) boards earlier this season.

    Despite finishing 11th at last year's Big Ten Championships, several Illini highlighted the competition. Senior Brittany McGowan made school history with record-breaking performances in the 50 and 100 fly and earned second swims in two events, while junior Erin Rodriguez and sophomore Erica Lynn each advanced to the night session as well.

    Schedule of Events
    Trials will begin at 11 a.m. CT and finals at 6:30 p.m. CT.

    Wednesday, Feb. 15 // Finals
    200 Medley Relay
    Synchronized Diving (Exhibition)
    800 Free Relay

    Thursday, Feb. 16 // Trials & Finals
    500 Free
    200 IM
    50 Free
    One-meter Diving

    Friday, Feb. 17 // Trials & Finals
    400 Medley Relay
    400 IM
    100 Fly
    200 Free
    100 Breast
    100 Back
    Three-meter Diving

    Saturday, Feb. 18 // Trials & Finals
    1650 Free
    200 Back
    100 Free
    200 Breast
    200 Fly
    Platform Diving
    400 Free Relay

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