March 29, 2001
AUSTIN, Texas -Illinois swimmers Alison Czmarko and Jessica Aveyard each swam the 100 meter backstroke in long-course meters today for the first time all season at the Phillips 66 National Championships. This meet is the yearly USA swimming competition that allows collegiate athletes to race against the top amateur swimmers in the nation.
Alison Czmarko, a sophomore, placed 30th in the 100 meter backstroke. Her time of 1:05.70 set a new school record in a long-course meter pool. In a post meet time trial, Jessica Aveyard managed to break Czmarko's new record with a personal best time of 1:05.64.
"Alison had a good race and I think her 200 is going to be even better because she has been swimming that very well," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "They swam pretty well and tomorrow is a big day."
Three members of the Illinois squad will compete on Friday. Jessica Aveyard will swim in the 200 freestyle on Friday. Anna Christiansen and Crystal McAdam will also take to the pool in the 200 individual medley on the fourth day of the week-long competition.