Dec. 6, 2000
Jessica Aveyard was named the co-Big Ten swimmer of the week this week for her outstanding performance at the Miami (Ohio) Invite over the weekend. Illinois' school record holder in the 200 backstroke extended her holdings when she set a Nixon pool and an Invite record of 1:58.75 in the prelims of the 200 back. The record-setting swim also met the provisional qualifying standards for the 2001 NCAA Championships. Aveyard won the event with a time of 1:59.04 in the finals. She was the first in a line of five-consecutive Illinois finishers in the race.
The 200 back was not the only race in which Aveyard swam well. She also met the provisional qualifying standard in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.29. She finished third in that event. The Fighting Illini junior also recorded second place finishes in the 500 free (4:55.36) and the 100 back (56.76). In all, Aveyard scored 70 points toward Illinois' team total.
"I was happy with the way I swam," Aveyard said. "I think I will be able to get faster as the year goes on."
"I thought that Jessica was one of our top swimmers throughout the weekend," head coach Sue Novitsky said. "It was probably the most consistent prelim through finals meet that she has had."
Aveyard shared the Conference honors with Loredana Zisu of Iowa. Aveyard will try to improve on her outstanding performances when the Illini return to action Jan. 2-3 at the Rainbow Invite in Honolulu, Hawaii.