Swimming and Diving

Clapp, Shirley pace swimmers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Bismarck-Henning product Marissa Clapp was fourth in the 400 individual medley to lead Illinois at Saturday's Big Ten Duals at Purdue.

Masheto gets up to speed

LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior Lesiba Masheto became the first Illini men's track & field athlete of the season to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday, leading the way for the Illini during the first day of competition at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.

Masheto ran the meet's top time in the 400-meter preliminaries, finishing in 47.13 seconds.

Pintaro hits personal best

CHAMPAIGN – Senior Amanda Pintaro set an indoor personal best in winning the pole vault Saturday, clearing 12 feet, 71/2 inches, and the Illinois women's track and field team won the Illinois Invitational at the UI Armory.

The 25th-ranked Illini (122 points) defeated Miami (120.5), No. 11 Texas (119) and No. 14 UCLA (110.5) to claim the meet title.

It's your business: Maurices moving from mall to plaza

Maurices, a moderate-price clothing store catering to teens and young women, plans to move from a space inside Market Place Mall to outside the mall at Market Place Plaza.

The store plans to open in its new 5,134-square-foot space between Fashion Bug and Gordmans in mid-March.

Illini fall in title match

HAMPTON, Va. – No. 17 Illinois dropped a 21-12 decision to No. 3 Oklahoma State in the championship match of the Virginia Duals on Saturday. The Illini advanced to the title match with a win against No. 23 Old Dominion earlier in the day.

Top-ranked Mike Poeta (157 pounds) and No. 14 Patrick Bond (197) each picked up a pair of wins Saturday, capping a perfect weekend for the duo. With the wins, Poeta moved his record to 19-0 on the season.

It's your business: Subs out, gyros in at Neil Street shop

Silver Mine Subs has closed one of its two shops in Champaign, the one at 905 S. Neil St. But the space won't be vacant for long, because Niro's Gyros is moving in.

The new Niro's should be open in less than two weeks, owner Mike Naser said.

Poeta carries wrestlers into tourney semifinals

HAMPTON, Va. – Top-ranked Mike Poeta (157 pounds) posted wins against opponents from Lehigh and Kent State on Friday as the Illinois wrestling team advanced to the semifinals of the Virginia Duals.

Poeta started the day with a 7-4 decision against Lehigh's Dave Nakasone, then followed with a 12-2 major decision against Kent State's Sli Bostelman.

Clapp leads Illini to sixth place

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Marissa Clapp's 48 points helped Illinois cap off a successful fall season with a sixth-place finish Sunday at the 15-team Ohio State Invitational.

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Rowe stays alive

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois senior Ryan Rowe continued his trek toward the ITA National Indoor Championships men's singles title, winning two matches Friday.

Rowe, ranked ninth, defeated Virginia Tech's Albert Larregola 6-7 (0), 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. He bounced Miami's Daniel Vallverdu 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

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