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    Illini Finish Ninth At Big Ten Championships
    Senior Anna Christiansen became Illinois' first-ever All-Big Ten swimmer the the conference championship meet.

    Senior Anna Christiansen became Illinois' first-ever All-Big Ten swimmer the the conference championship meet.

    Feb. 17, 2001

    Bloomington, Ind. - The Fighting Illini women's swimming and diving team Saturday completed the final day of competition at the Big Ten Championships in ninth place on the Indiana University campus. The Illini finished the event with a score of 226 points, 356 points behind the Michigan Wolverines.

    The Illini finished the third day of competition with some great efforts. Senior Anna Christiansen set a new school and career record in the 200 Breaststroke, with a time of 2:15.10. That time was good enough for fifth place overall and met the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 200 Breaststroke. For her efforts, Chrisiansen was named to the All-Big Ten team. That is a first in the history of the University of Illinois swim program.

    Junior Jessica Aveyard posted another solid time in the preliminary round of the 200 Backstroke. Her time of 1:57.66 set a new school record and also met the NCAA qualifying mark. In the finals, Aveyard notched a time of 1:58.99, which was good enough for fourth place in the event. Sophomore Alison Czmarko also managed to reach the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 200 Backstroke. Czmarko's time of 2:00.26 in the finals gave her a new personal best, the third fastest time is school history and 11th place in the event.

    "We had a great day. Jessica Aveyard broke the A standard in breaking her own school record and Alison (Czmarko) made the B cut in the same event, " said Head Coach Sue Novitsky. "We showed that we have some top contenders in the conference. It was great to see Anna (Christiansen) recognized for her consistant performances. I was happy with our meet and I'm looking forward to training some of our individuals for NCAA's."

    The Illini swimmers that qualified for the NCAA Championships will compete in Long Island, New York on March 15-17.

                     2001 Women's Big Ten Championships
                           Hosted by Indiana University    2/15-17/2001
                                 Team Rankings - Through Event 21
                                        Female Team Scores
      Place       School                                                             Points

    1 University of Michigan MICH 582 2 Pennsylvania State University PSU 557 3 Indiana University IND 460.50 4 Northwestern University NW 382 5 University of Wisconsin WISC 359 6 University of Minnesota MINN 340.50 7 Purdue University PU 275 8 University of Iowa IOWA 254 9 University of Illinois ILL 226 10 Michigan State University MSU 163 11 The Ohio State University OSU 113


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