Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Clapp shines in Big Ten win

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Danville's Marissa Clapp won the 100 breast, 200 breast and 400 individual medley as Illinois beat Michigan State 166-134 in Big Ten swimming Saturday.

Clapp also joined Cece Marizu, Michelle Grandcolas and Meghan Farrell to win the 200 medley relay.

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Viney breaks own record at National Championships

IRVINE, Calif. – Illinois senior-to-be Barbie Viney broke her school record in the 100 freestyle, clocking 57.71 seconds at the USA Swimming National Championships on Sunday.

Viney placed 58th in the event.

Viney rewrites UI record books

IRVINE, Calif. – Illinois senior-to-be Barbie Viney swam the 50-meter freestyle in 26.97 seconds on Thursday at the ConocoPhillips National Championships/USAteam trials.

Viney's time eclipsed the record previously held by Emily Wang. Viney's performance put her in 57th place in the preliminary round of the competition.

Viney will compete in the 100 freestyle event on Saturday.

Viney off to USA team trials

CHAMPAIGN– Illini senior-to-be Barbie Viney will represent Illinois at the Conoco-Phillips National Championships and USA team trials beginning Tuesday in Irvine, Calif.

The meet will serve as a selection meet for five international teams that will swim at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, 2007 FINAWorld Championships, 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, 2007 World University Games and 2007 Pan American Games.

Viney will compete in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events.

Coach ready for latest challenge

He's the coach of a diving program that's been displaced from its under-renovation pool for the next two years.

And when his divers need to practice off a 3-meter board, they'll have to leave town. Perhaps even the state, if Purdue is willing to share its facility.

Illini select diving coach

CHAMPAIGN – Chris Waters, a former Missouri Valley Conference Diving Coach of the Year, was named to the same position at Illinois on Wednesday.

Waters coached last season at Tulane before the program was suspended because of Hurricane Katrina.

Who's that Illini?

I earned All-America honors in 1-meter and 3-meter diving in 1990. That was the first of three consecutive seasons in which I competed in both events at the NCAA meet, with my best finish being a 10th in 3-meter in 1990.

Illinois' Easey fails to advance

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Kathryn Easey of Illinois placed 63rd in the preliminaries of the 100-meter breaststroke Friday at the USA Swimming Spring National Championships. The Illini senior finished in 1 minute, 18.20 seconds. The top 24 advanced to championship and consolation finals.

Who's that Illini?

I received honorable mention All-America honors for the Illini women's swimming team in 2001 for my accomplishments in the 400-yard individual medley. I finished 14th in that event at the NCAA Championships, capping a season in which I established the school record in the event at 4:17.04.