Women's Swimming
Aveyard Advances To Semifinals


Aug. 14, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Illinois swimmer Jessica Aveyard defended her sixth-place finish in the 2000 NCAA Championships by taking ninth place in the 200 backstroke in the first round of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Aveyard, the first Illini to earn All-America status, finished the race in 2:16.64 seconds.

"I'm really happy about my swim, but I feel there are things I can do better," Aveyard said.

"I'm excited for her," Illinois head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It was a great race. She was right where she needed to be. I think she can come back stronger."

Aveyard's teammate Kathy Kielty finished 100th in the 200 back with a 2:29.54. Two more returning Illini have competed in the trials.. Anna Christiansen took 77th place in the 400 IM and she finished 90th in the 200 breast. Darcy Adler swam a personal best 1:14.58 to finish 65th in the 100 breast.

Two Swimmers ended their Illini careers at the Trials. Emily Wang swam a 59.31 to finish 91st in the 100 freestyle. Natasha Messmer finished 87th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:25.75.

Aveyard will swim in the semi-finals in Indianapolis tonight. The top eight times in tonight's competition will move on to the finals on Tuesday evening.