Junior Marissa Clapp competed in three events at national championships.
Aug. 6, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind. - Four Fighting Illini swimmers gained priceless experience competing at the Conoco Phillips Summer National championships held July 31 - August 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Junior Marissa Clapp led the way for the Illini participants, swimming in three events -- the 200 breast, 200 IM, and a leg in the 400-medley relay. Fighting back the nerves of competing in her first national championships appearance, Clapp won her heat with a new lifetime best time of 2:37.13 in the 200 breast. She finished the event in 49th place; moving up 31 spots from her pre-race rank of 80th.
Illini swimming and diving coach Sue Novitsky was pleased with Clapp's performance. "I was happy the way Marissa was able to race, especially since she has not been in a competition this summer where she has been too pressured by other people in her heat. During her race she was able to keep her stroke together and continue to try to execute her race plan."
Clapp rounded out individual competition in the 200 IM, swimming her second fastest time ever (2:22.86).
Fellow Illini swimmers Cece Marizu, Ali Keehn and Lindsey Shirley joined Clapp for a taste of the national championships on the final day of competition. The group swam the 400-medley relay with each leg swimming lifetime best splits. The relay finished 42nd out of 67 teams.
Coach Novistky knows the value of the experience for her swimmers, "Being exposed to that level of competition is important for them to continue their development onto the national level."