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Synchronized swimming club team to show off bond at Moms Weekend performance

Synchronized swimming  club team to show off bond at Moms Weekend performance

By Ashley Wijangco

April 5, 2016


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Last school year, freshman Andrea Hayden MGwas browsing through Illinois’ Class of 2019 admitted students Facebook page when a post caught her attention.Hayden, a synchronized swimmer, came across a post from a girl who also did synchronized swimming. She thought to herself, “Wow, that’s so rando...

Illinois swimming concludes Big Ten championships

By Drake Pena

February 22, 2016


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The Illinois swimming and diving team concluded its postseason competition last weekend, finishing 12th in the Big Ten with 234 points.Big Ten champs Michigan hosted the event at its Donald B. Canham Natatorium. Thirteen of the conferences teams competed — Maryland competes in the...

Illinois swimming wraps up regular season with a loss to Arkansas

By Drake Pena

January 31, 2016


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The Illinois swimming and diving team ended its dual season with its toughest opponent to date.No. 22 Arkansas has been strong all season long. The Razorbacks ended their season with a 9-1 record in the SEC — a conference that has 10 of its 14 schools ranked in the top-25 teams in the country, ...

Illinois swim and dive prepares for first SEC competition in 10 years

Illinois swim and dive prepares for first SEC competition in 10 years

By Drake Pena

January 28, 2016


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Check out the Radio Preview by Brian Heidegger hereWith only three weeks remaining until the Big Ten championships, the Illinois swimming and diving team will compete outside the conference for its last meet versus No. 24 Arkansas.chThe Illini have not faced an opponent from the SEC since the 2005-2006 season, when the team fell to Kentucky, 179-119.ch The Illini finished ...

Illinois swimming and diving off to a hot start

By Drake Pena

December 9, 2015


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By Drake PenaStaff writerExpectations were tempered for the Illinois swimming and diving team this season after losing arguably the best swimmer in the school’s history, Alison Mengss.Head coach Sue Novitskyss acknowledged the fact that it would take time and that replacing Meng would take a true team effort from her cur...

Illinois swimming and diving returns to action at The Big Challenge

By Drake Pena

November 19, 2015


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For the first time in two weeks, the Illinois swimming and diving team will be back in the pool Nov. 20 for the crowded Big Challenge meet.Traveling to Topeka, Kansas, the Illini will face their biggest assortment of competition this season. The field includes Iowa State, host team Kansas, Nebraska-Omah...

Our kind of thing: a Fighting Illini family

Our kind of thing: a Fighting Illini family

By Alexis Casati

November 17, 2015


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Being a student-athlete is a tricky thing. It’s an emotional thing, it’s a mental thing, and it’s a physical thing.And as surprising as this may sound, I haven't found many outside of college sports that are able to do justice to just how amazing an experience it is.But balancing all of these feeli...

Illinois swimming and diving erases 15-point deficit, defeat FIU

By Drake Pena

November 9, 2015


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The Illinois swimming and diving team returned to action this past weekend for a two-day meet versus Florida International University. The teams participated on Friday and Saturday in a showdown that came down to the last few events.Head coach Sue Novitsky said her team passed up a few opportunities...

Illinois swimming and diving looks to continue best start in five years

By Drake Pena

November 5, 2015


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The Illinois swimming and diving team compete against Florida International University on Friday.Head coach Sue Novitsky knows her team is fatigued from the long stretch of competition its been on, however she is hopeful her team can remain resilient.“We are little banged up right now,” Novitsky said “It’s ...

Illinois swimming and diving finishes weekend 2-1

Illinois swimming and diving finishes weekend 2-1

By Drake Pena

November 1, 2015


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While the average Illinois student spent their Saturday participating in costumed events, the swimming and diving team had something else on its mind: Getting off to its best start in five years. Illinois exited the weekend 2-1, losing Friday’s tilt to Northwestern and rebounding the next day by defea...

Illinois swimming and diving prepares for final home meet of season

By Drake Pena

October 28, 2015


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The Illini have a lot of miles to travel before their season concludes.With meets scheduled all around the country, ranging from Miami to Coronado, California, the Illini will embark on a cross-country tour, to face both Big Ten rivals, and unfamiliar foes like the Georgia, and Arkansas.Head coach Su...

Illinois swimming and diving continues hot start to season

Illinois swimming and diving continues hot start to season

By Drake Pena

October 25, 2015


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The Illinois swimming and diving team is off to its best start since the 2010-2011 season, starting off the season 4-0RB after a strong performance Friday in East Lansing, Michigan. Facing Big Ten rival Michigan State, Illinois looked dominant at times and defeated the Spartans 182-118RB.Head coach Sue N...

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