Nov. 8, 2013
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will face Kansas in their second home meet of the season at the ARC Pool Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CT. Illinois (4-2) is 1-9 all-time against Kansas (2-2). Saturday's meet will be the third time the two teams have met in the last 10 years. In 2011 the Orange and Blue fell to the Jayhawks 174.5-118.5.
COACH NOVITSKY ON THE MEET
"We are finishing off this stretch of meets with a very tough opponent in Kansas," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "Both teams match up very close and it will come down to which team wins the most events combined with the most depth."
POPE AND MENG SHINE
Senior Courtney Pope and junior Alison Meng have shined in the pool early on this season. Both of the swimmers in the talented duo have posted five first-place finishes after four events. Pope has already matched her first-place finish total from last season. Meng will need two more to match her sophomore season total. The two have also teamed up to claim five relay titles so far this year.
FRESHMEN STAND OUT
Talented freshmen Gabbie Stecker and Amelia Schilling have made a big splash in their first few collegiate matches. The two have each claimed five individual top-three finishes early on this season. Stecker saw her first individual collegiate victory come at Michigan State in the 500-yard free. After three second-place finishes in the first three meets, Schilling earned her first and second collegiate victories against Illinois State in the 1000 and 500 free.
In addition to the "Guess the 50 Free" contest, which will take place at every Illinois home meet, On Saturday, Nov. 9, against Kansas, Illini fans will be treated to free pancakes before the 10 a.m. meet against the Jayhawks.
LAST TIME OUT
Illinois are off to a 4-2 start this season for the fourth time in five years. The Orange and Blue will look to continue their home success after defeating in-state rival Illinois State in the ARC Pool last weekend. The Illini showed their speed, claiming first in every race against the Redbirds on their way to a 206-94 victory. Illinois had five simmers win multiple events on the night including Amelia Schilling, Jessica Holz, Sarah Sykstus, Alison Meng and Erica Lynn.
Illinois will take a few weeks off before heading to Oxford, Ohio for the three day Miami (OH) Invitational starting Thursday, Dec. 5