The Illini finished with seven dual wins for the 2009-10 season.
June 17, 2010
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team posted a winning record for the second consecutive season, going 7-6 in dual meet action while prompting 10 changes to the all-time fastest individuals list, four changes to the all-time fastest relays list and 13 changes to the top dives list.
Illinois got off to a solid start, going 3-1 on its first road trip, highlighted by a win over Big Ten-foe Michigan State. The Orange and Blue returned to Champaign to face Iowa State in the first home meet of the season, defeating the Cyclones in a packed house of more than 700 cheering fans.
The following week, Illinois took on two in-state rivals, outperforming both Illinois State and Southern Illinois in their respective home pools. The Illini carried their momentum to the Miami (OH) Invitational, where they placed fifth out of 10 teams.
After a brief break in the schedule, the Illini competed in two pivotal meets, each ending in dramatic fashion. Despite an early lead, Illinois lost to Miami (FL) in a heartbreaking 96-90 defeat, relinquishing a one-point lead in the final swim.
One week later, the Orange and Blue returned to Big Ten action at Iowa. The Illini fell behind early but battled back from an 18-point deficit. For the second-straight meet, the winner was decided in the final event. Despite late momentum, Illinois came up short, falling 150.5-149.5.
Although the team managed one last dominant performance - a 188-111 victory over Illinois State at home - the Orange and Blue never put together another winning streak. The Illini lost to three nationally ranked opponents before placing 11th in the Big Ten Championships, where they faced six top-25 teams.
But Illinois did not go down without a fight. During the Big Ten Championships, senior Jen Ivarson tied the Illini all-time record in the 200 butterfly with a blazing preliminary time of 2:02.00.
Throughout the season, the Illini divers received recognition for their efforts on the boards, boasting two NCAA Zone C Diving qualifiers - freshman Tessa Adams and sophomore Britni Fisher - and one Big Ten Diver of the Week - freshman Lauren Wismer.
Despite a disappointing finish to an otherwise promising season, the swimmers and divers received several team honors, including the Fighting Illini Outstanding GPA Award, their fifth-straight Hometown Heroes Team of the Year title and second place on the Fall Scholar All-American List among Division I swimming and diving teams.