Nov. 19, 1999
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After a week layoff, the Fighting Illini are back in action this weekend at the Minnesota Invite in Minneapolis, Minn.
Illinois, now 6-2 on the year, went 3-2 at its own Dual Meet Extravaganza Nov. 5-7, where the Illini collected their first-ever win over Kansas. At this weekend's event, UI will compete against Carleton, Iowa, Iowa State, Kenyon, North Dakota, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, St. Cloud State, St. Olaf, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
"I am really excited about this weekend," Head Coach Jim Lutz said. "We have got some people who are ready to have some great swims, so (the weekend) is going to be very good."
Coming off a bout with pneumonia, Traci Bollinger will be at 100 percent this weekend. Bollinger shook off the illness to pick up a win in the 100 free, in 52.03, in the victory over Kansas. The senior from Dupo, Ill., native also teamed with seniors Betsy Nagel and Emily Wang and freshman Astrid Matthias.
Leading the Illini's distance swims, sophomore Jenny Peters ranks No. 1 on the team in the 500 free (5:01.85), 1000 free (10:17.17) and 1650 free (17:11.50). Another sophomore, Jessica Aveyard has collected wins in every meet this year and leads UI in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.76.
Sophomore Erin Prasse heads the list of Illinois divers at the 1 meter with 225.98 points in the 142-96 win against Oakland. With a score of 260.70 points, junior Jessica Ohr leads the Illini at 3 meters.
Lutz says the week away from competition was good for his Illini squad. Before the week off, UI had competed four straight weeks, including five dual meets in a three-day period.
"We have gone four straight weeks, which is hard to do," Lutz said. "The break came at a good time, but we are looking forward to swimming tough this weekend."