Illinois swim & dive prepares to celebrate its seniors against Nebraska


Cameron Krasucki

Illini diver Madelyn Crosby gets in position before her dive during the Orange and Blue meet on Oct. 9. The Illini will have their Senior Night against Nebraska on Saturday.

By Jonathan Alday, Staff Writer

The Illini prepare to showcase their seniors in their final home meet of the 2021-2022 season.

Illinois will host Nebraska at the ARC Pool on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Cornhuskers are 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in conference play, with a win over Iowa and a loss to No. 20 Minnesota. 

Nebraska’s last swim meet was Dec. 10 against the University of Nebraska-Omaha, with the Cornhuskers dominating the Omaha Mavericks, 197-103. 

While the Nebraska swim team has been training since then, the diving team has been around the country, competing in two different diving invitationals.

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    Senior Sara Troyer represented the Cornhuskers at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in Bloomington, Indiana, placing 22nd in the meet.

    Troyer, along with sophomore Reagan Hinze and fellow senior Haille Roman, traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the UCLA Bruin Diving Invitational.

    The diving trio all earned spots in the final with Hinze placing 17th in the one-meter and 18th in the three-meter, Roman finishing 16th in the platform finals and Troyer finishing third in the three-meter and fifth in the one-meter.

    Illinois is 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference matches, with a win over Iowa and a loss to No. 17 Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

    Illinois is coming off a dominant victory over Iowa, winning 204-87.

    The last time the Cornhuskers competed against the Illini was nearly a year ago on Jan. 23, 2021, a  164-136 Illinois win, giving them their only win of the season and their first win over the Cornhuskers since 2015.

    The senior class, who all have played a role in reshuffling the record books, will look to continue their historic season and careers at Illinois, as well as reflect on their Illinois careers alongside friends, families, teammates and coaches.

    The nine Illinois swim and dive seniors are as follows:

    Emily Bolger from Palatine, Illinois, majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering

    Abby Cabush from Sussex, Wisconsin, majoring in bioengineering

    Maddy Crosby from Boerne, Texas, double majoring in psychology and communications

    Kaylee Heimes from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, majoring in meteorology

    Caroline Hippen from Verona, Wisconsin, majoring in kinesiology

    Sidney Kennedy from Bloomington, Illinois, majoring in psychology

    Abby Martin from Mason City, Illinois, majoring in agriculture and consumer economics

    Lauren Partridge from Cedar Park, Texas, majoring in psychology

    Taylor Shegos from Fenton, Michigan, majoring in interdisciplinary health sciences



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