Senior Marissa Clapp leads Illinois back to their home pool.
Sept. 19, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois head coach Sue Novitsky announced the 2008-09 schedule that will give the Fighting Illini an opportunity to compete against some of the top teams in collegiate swimming and diving. This year is special for the Illini because it marks their return home to Champaign with a new pool located at the Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC), formerly known as IMPE.
"We are excited about being able to compete in front of a home crowd again," Novitsky said. "It has been four long years of traveling to each competition and the team has persevered and learned to step on other school's pool decks and compete.
"With the opening of the ARC, the team is hungry to defend their pool, especially with two Big Ten Conference teams, Iowa and Michigan State, coming to Champaign as well as Nebraska and Illinois State. Overall the strength of schedule is going to challenge the team and allow them to continue to develop through the season."
Illinois begins its season at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday, Oct. 10, and then face the Michigan State Spartans Oct. 16-17.
The Illini hit the road for their next four competitions, traveling to Iowa State, Illinois State and Miami (OH) to wrap up 2008 before opening the second semester at Indiana against the Hoosiers, Michigan and Tennessee.
Illinois returns to Champaign on Saturday, Jan. 17, to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at the ARC. A week later, the Orange and Blue remain at home and go head to head with the Illinois State Redbirds to conclude their home meets for the season.
The Illini will compete in the Big Ten Quad Duals in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 30-31 before heading to the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Feb. 19.
The 2008-09 regular season concludes with the Boiler-Make-It Invitational Feb. 28-March 1, before the NCAA Zone Diving Championships on March 13 and the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas on March 19.