Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

UI roundup: Ngai, Jacobson lead gymnasts

LAS VEGAS — Brandon Ngai and Johnny Jacobson placed first in their respective preliminaries Thursday for Illinois men’s gymnastics at the Winter Cup Challenge.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

UI roundup: Seymour climbs timing charts

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Illini hurdler Pedrya Seymour has been chasing former Illini Perdita Felicien.

On Saturday, she nearly caught her.

Seymour recorded a personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (8.09 seconds) and again in the final (7.98) to finish as the top collegian at the Rod McCravy Memorial.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jack Squirek

Thirty-three years ago Sunday, former Illini star Jack Squirek scored a touchdown on a 5-yard interception as the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.

UI roundup: Men's track and field wins local event

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois track and field swept four events Saturday at the Illini Classic, netting the men a first-place finish and the women a runner-up display.

Schilling sparkles in defeat

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Amelia Schilling’s first-place display in the 500-yard freestyle on Friday wasn’t enough for the Illinois women’s swimming and diving team, as the Illini lost to host Notre Dame and Big Ten foe Iowa.

The Illini (6-4) dropped decisions of 210-87 to the Irish and 212-87 to the Hawkeyes.

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.

But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?

Whitman recalls wild first 10 months as UI AD

Josh Whitman didn’t have ‘Become Illinois athletic director’ as one of his 2016 New Year’s resolutions.

Honestly.

He was still employed at Washington University in St. Louis, serving as athletic director at the Division III school.

UI roundup: Illini athletics teams make grades

CHAMPAIGN — Seven Illini athletics programs claimed perfect Graduation Success Rate scores, as part of Tuesday’s GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports released by the NCAA.

Illinois earned an overall GSR of 87, one point better than the record-tying national average for all Division I student-athletes.

UI roundup: Volleyball drops fourth straight

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Illinois volleyball’s NCAA tournament chances took a serious hit Saturday night with a three-set loss against No. 16 Michigan State. The Spartans handed the Illini their fifth straight defeat in a 25-16, 25-20, 25-22 sweep.