Illini cleared to compete

After a bout with cancer, University of Illinois swimmer Trisha Henry has been cleared to compete again by the NCAA.

Henry was diagnosed just before the 1995-96 Big Ten Championships and missed the entire 1996-97 season.

She wasn't eligible because she hadn't completed the minimum number of semester hours, but the junior sprint freestyler's credit requirements were adjusted by the NCAA to reflect the semesters she missed because of her illness, thereby reinstating her eligibility.

The UI next competes Jan. 2-3 in the Rainbow Classic at the University of Hawaii.

Tiley gets chance to coach pros

Illinois men's tennis coach Craig Tiley will coach the Kansas City Explorers, a team of professionals, against Sacramento on Saturday in the semifinals of the World Team Tennis Championships at the Disney Institute in Florida.

The squad includes 1996 USTA Challenger winner Justin Gimelstob, John-Laffnie deJager, Mary Joe Fernandez and Caroline Vis and will play men's and women's singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles.

Illinois hosting softball clinic

Illini baseball coaches, along with high school and college coaches statewide, are planning a two-day softball clinic Dec. 21-22.

UI head coach Itch Jones and assistants Dan Hartleb and Todd Murphy will be there, as will Illinois State softball coach Melinda Fisher, St. Joseph-Ogden coach Randy Wolken and Centennial's Terry Workman.

Enrollment, which costs $70 in advance and $75 at the door, is limited to the first 100 applicants. For information, call 244-7278.

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