Illinois Takes Down Indiana State 180-111

Meet Results

  • October 13, 2017
  • Champaign, Illinois
  • Meet Stats
  • Score
    • Illinois 180, Indiana State 111

Press Release

Courtesy of Illinois Athletics

The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team played host to Indiana State on Friday, October 13, at the ARC Pool. The meet marked the beginning of the regular season for the Orange and Blue, as the team earned a 180-111 victory over the Sycamores to improve to 1-0 on the season.

“I thought overall we were pretty good today,” head coach Sue Novitsky said. “We had some really good swims and our freshmen are really coming along well. We were a little sloppy on some of the details and those are things that make a big difference. We will work on those details in practice this week to try to clean it up a little bit before Michigan State.”

The Illini dominated throughout the meet, earning top times in 12 of the 14 swimming events. The 400 medley relay team of McCord, Aegerter, Vuong and Curtis got things started, finishing with the top time in the event (3:54.07).

Two Illini swimmers won multiple events on the night, including senior Samantha Stratford and sophomore Monica Guyett. Stratford earned top times in the 50 freestyle (:23.95) and 1000 freestyle (10:18.98), while Guyett paced all swimmers in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, touching the wall with times of 1:54.44 and 5:09.97, respectively.

Freshman Michelle McCord made an immediate impact for the Illini, as the Canton, Georgia, native came away with the top 100 breaststroke time of 1:06.23. In addition to being part of the 400 medley relay team, McCord also swam the opening leg of the top 200 freestyle relay team that finished with a time of 1:35.55.

ON THE BOARDS

Junior Madeline Kuhn was the lone diver to compete for the Illini, finishing with the top scores in both 1-meter (274.20) and 3-meter diving competition (305.70). Both scores qualify for the NCAA zone cut.

“I saw her really go after her dives and I am really satisfied with her performance,” said head diving coach Manny Pollard. “I expect us to continue working toward our goals. Qualifying for the zone cut on the first dives is really good, but we still have more goals than that. We hit our first milestone and we are going to move on to the next one.”

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Press Release

Courtesy of Indiana State Athletics

The Indiana State Sycamores faced off with the Illinois Illini tonight (Oct. 13) in what proved to be a strong performance for ISU.

“The meet today was a solid meet for us as we continue to work on getting stronger, faster and better on our turns. We make sure we do the work right during the week and we come into these meets pretty tired, but that’s how we develop toughness and we are starting to see that hard work pay off,” said head coach Matt Leach.

Despite being tired from their rigorous training regimens the Sycamores came out ready to battle from the start as they began the first event at 5 p.m.

The Sycamores picked up a second place finish in the first event of the night, the 400 medley relay. The team made up of Kendall HansenMegan SchadeJacquie Price and Alex Malmborg posted a time of 4:02.92.

Indiana State competed more strongly in their distance events during this meet with the Illini as Elisabeth Peskinposted a third place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:04.97, and later Cierra Campbell earned a second place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:15.74).

Hansen yet again provided a consistent, and standout performance for the Sycamores as she placed first in both the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. Her time in the 100 back narrowly missed her previous school record.

Another special performance on the day came from Campbell as she provided a first place finish of her own in the 200 butterfly. Campbell posted a time of 2:10.20 as she swam strong and maintained flawless technique throughout the event.

Alex Malmborg and Joelle Borchers provided notable performances for the Sycamores as well. Malmborg came away with a third place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.65) as Borchers finished fourth and then earned herself a second place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 25.17.

Blanca Saez-Illobre also added two second place finishes for Indiana State. First in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:24.02 followed by a 4:36.52 in the 400 IM.

Laura Fulton and Mckenzie Plummer continue to rack up points for Indiana State during the diving competition as well. Fulton placed first in the one meter diving with 211.50 and second earning 199.5 points. Plummer added an additional 141.55 in the one meter dive.

“Laura’s 211.50 in the one meter dive was a personal record and Mckenzie gave a strong performance tonight too. They are doing such a great job and I am so proud of them. They are working extremely hard and improving every time we compete,” said diving coach Fengting Chen.

Indiana State will be back in action tomorrow (Oct. 14) as they host their first home meet of the season matching up with Xavier and Olivet-Nazarene at the Vigo County Aquatic Center at 2 p.m.

“We’re seeing people step up, swimmers are stepping up, the divers continue to amaze me, and we look at this meet last year and we only scored 77 points against Illinois and tonight we scored 111, so we’re closing the gap. I’m excited to see how we do against Xavier and Olivet-Nazarene tomorrow, it should be a fun meet,” said Leach.

For the latest information on the Sycamore Swimming and Diving team, make sure to check out GoSycamores.com. You can also find the team on social media including FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

“The meet today was a solid meet for us as we continue to work on getting stronger, faster and better on our turns. We make sure we do the work right during the week and we come into these meets pretty tired, but that’s how we develop toughness and we are starting to see that hard work pay off,” said head coach Matt Leach.

Despite being tired from their rigorous training regimens the Sycamores came out ready to battle from the start as they began the first event at 5 p.m.

The Sycamores picked up a second place finish in the first event of the night, the 400 medley relay. The team made up of Kendall HansenMegan SchadeJacquie Price and Alex Malmborg posted a time of 4:02.92.

Indiana State competed more strongly in their distance events during this meet with the Illini as Elisabeth Peskinposted a third place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:04.97, and later Cierra Campbell earned a second place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:15.74).

Hansen yet again provided a consistent, and standout performance for the Sycamores as she placed first in both the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. Her time in the 100 back narrowly missed her previous school record.

Another special performance on the day came from Campbell as she provided a first place finish of her own in the 200 butterfly. Campbell posted a time of 2:10.20 as she swam strong and maintained flawless technique throughout the event.

Alex Malmborg and Joelle Borchers provided notable performances for the Sycamores as well. Malmborg came away with a third place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.65) as Borchers finished fourth and then earned herself a second place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 25.17.

Blanca Saez-Illobre also added two second place finishes for Indiana State. First in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:24.02 followed by a 4:36.52 in the 400 IM.

Laura Fulton and Mckenzie Plummer continue to rack up points for Indiana State during the diving competition as well. Fulton placed first in the one meter diving with 211.50 and second earning 199.5 points. Plummer added an additional 141.55 in the one meter dive.

“Laura’s 211.50 in the one meter dive was a personal record and Mckenzie gave a strong performance tonight too. They are doing such a great job and I am so proud of them. They are working extremely hard and improving every time we compete,” said diving coach Fengting Chen.

Indiana State will be back in action tomorrow (Oct. 14) as they host their first home meet of the season matching up with Xavier and Olivet-Nazarene at the Vigo County Aquatic Center at 2 p.m.

“We’re seeing people step up, swimmers are stepping up, the divers continue to amaze me, and we look at this meet last year and we only scored 77 points against Illinois and tonight we scored 111, so we’re closing the gap. I’m excited to see how we do against Xavier and Olivet-Nazarene tomorrow, it should be a fun meet,” said Leach.

For the latest information on the Sycamore Swimming and Diving team, make sure to check out GoSycamores.com. You can also find the team on social media including FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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