Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

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.

Illini Clapp breaks pool record

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois junior Marissa Clapp won three events and set a pool record Saturday in a 157-141 women's swimming and diving loss to Michigan State.

The Bismarck-Henning product won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2 minutes, 18.96 seconds to break the Charles McCaffree Pool mark. Clapp also won the 100 breaststroke – edging runner-up Sarah Biasello of Michigan State by 0.44 second – and the 400 individual medley.

Masar completes home career in style

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' seniors had a night to remember.

Urbana product Ella Masar scored two goals, leading the Illini to a 3-0 Big Ten soccer victory Friday night that snapped No. 24 Indiana's 13-match unbeaten streak.

Freshman Nelson fills voids for Illini

IOWA CITY, Iowa – A hand injury kept Vicki Brown out of the starting lineup and off the court for most of the match.

Freshman Abby Nelson made sure the Illinois middle blocker was barely missed.

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Naperville swimmer signs on

CHAMPAIGN – Naperville's Meghan Mason, a state champion in the 400 free relay, has signed to swim at Illinois.

Masheto breaks record, earns All-America status

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto finished fifth in the 400-meter dash on Saturday with a school-record time of 46.14 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The finish gave him All-America status, and the time broke the school record previously held by Abe Jones (46.18 in 2006).

UI's Mensah captures All-America honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.

"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.