Women's Swimming
Ilkay Dikmen To Compete at World Championships


June 27, 2001

Champaign, Ill. - Olympic Games veteran Ilkay Dikmen has been selected to represent her native Turkey at the World Swimming Championships later this summer. Dikmen will compete in the 200m breaststroke after swimming a qualifying time in that event in Turkey this summer.

Dikmen, who competed in the 2000 Olympic Games last summer in Sydney, has broken Turkish national records in the 100 and 200 breast, the 200 IM and the 400 IM during her career. Dikmen is the second current Illini swimmer to earn a spot on her country's world team this summer. Senior Jessica Aveyard will compete for the United States in the 200m backstroke at the championships. They will be the first Illini swimmers to ever compete in a world championship event.

Ilkay is very excited and this is a great thing for our program, Illini Head Coach Sue Novitsky said. To have two girls swimming at the international level and bringing that experience back to the team in the fall is invaluable. I'm ecstatic for both of them and also proud of them for having become the first to compete in the world championships while at the University of Illinois.

The FINA World Swimming Championships will be held in Sukuoka, Japan, July 22-29.