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    Swimming and Diving Opens 2013 with Intra-Squad Meet
    Novitsky begins her 14th season as head coach of the Fighting Illini Swimming and Diving team.

    Novitsky begins her 14th season as head coach of the Fighting Illini Swimming and Diving team.

    Oct. 11, 2013

     CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will kick off the 2013-14 season with the annual Orange & Blue Intra-Squad Meet Saturday, October 12, at 9:30am. Smack talking is heating up, as the teams will remain the same from last year with the addition of this season's newcomers.

    "For the us it's a good opportunity to see our athletes step up and compete," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "There are always some things to address but the meet provides a great competitive environment, setting up our lineup for Nebraska."

    Entering this season, the Blue Team lost a number of their members and currently had just 10 members on their squad.  In an unprecedented turn of events the Blue Team drafted all newcomers to their roster to even out the numbers at 15 people on each team.



    The Orange Team will be returning a strong team of veterans that came back and took the victory last year by 3 points. Under the arm of coach Novitsky, the Orange Team took some big points last year by winning both relays and wants to continue the trend.  The team also returns event winners Megan Marchuk (200 Free) and Erica Lynn (100 Breast, current meet record holder). 


    The Blue Team, headed by assistant coach Alec Hayden, returns a number of event winners from last year: Lori Lynn (200IM & 100 Back), Courtney Pope (100 Free), Hailey Booth (500 Free).  The Blue Team graduated Kathleen Knight, the 100 Butterfly record holder, and hope that they have people ready to step up and compete. A talented group of 5 newcomers will try to boost the team to victory.  



    Cara Chuang

    Jessica Clifford

    Jennifer Coady

    Emily Fung

    Sabrinne Gibson

    Anne Goering

    Mary Beth Howard

    Erica Lynn

    Megan Marchuk

    Callan McDermott

    Sloane McDermott

    Alison Meng

    Hollie Smith

    Sarah Sykstus

    Alyssa Toland



    Hailey Booth

    Rachel Burke

    Alison DeAngelis

    Andrea DeAngelis

    Kayla Dlugopolski

    Stephanie Hein

    Jessica Holz

    Olivia Kassouni

    Lori Lynn

    Erika Murphy

    Courtney Pope

    Isabella Schamber

    Amelia Schilling

    Gabbie Stecker

    Kirsten Zborek



    (A competitor may compete in a maximum of 3 events in any combination)

    Event 1 - 200 Medley Relay

    Event 2 - 200 Freestyle

    Event 3 - 200 IM

    Event 4 - 50 Freestyle

    Event 5 - 3m Diving

    Event 6 - 100 Butterfly

    Event 7 - 100 Freestyle

    Event 8 - 100 Backstroke

    Event 9 - 500 Freestyle

    Event 10 - 100 Breaststroke

    Event 11 -  1m Diving

    Event 12 - 400 Freestyle Relay



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