March 10, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Four years of Illini swimming came to an end for senior Barbie Viney on Saturday, who swam to 23rd place in the 100 free prelims at the 2007 NCAA Championships, held in Minneapolis at the University Aquatic Center.
Seeded 17th in her return to Minneapolis, one month after she finished second at the Big Ten Championships, Viney posted a time of 49.53 in Saturday's early session.
"She had trouble getting out as quick as she needed to, and that put her in a hole," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "That's no reason to hang her head about her career. Obviously she's done a great job for us."
The fourth-year swimmer claimed the top spot in the Illinois 100 free annals at the 2006 Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, where she became the first Orange and Blue conference champion in 25 years with a time of 49.06.
In addition to the 100 free, Viney ends her Illinois career ranking first in the 50 free (22.92) and 200 free (1:47.96). She also stands ninth in the 500 free and first in three UI relays - 200 free, 400 free and the 800 free.