Swimming and Diving
ROME – Michael Phelps had every reason to be satisfied after the Beijing Olympics. Yet he kept insisting there was more to do in the pool.
Even coming off his longest layoff and the embarrassment of being photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe, Phelps turned in another remarkable performance over eight days at the Foro Italico. He completed it Sunday night by helping the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team set the 43rd world record of the fastest meet in history. Champaign Central product Tyler McGill swam the butterfly leg in the event preliminaries and was awarded a gold medal for his efforts.
ROME — He defiantly spit out a mouthful of water, climbed atop the lane rope, pumped his fists furiously and tugged on that supposedly inferior swimsuit.
The message was clear: Don't mess with Michael Phelps.
ROME – Tyler McGill, a former star swimmer at Champaign Central, clocked 51.07 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly Friday and advanced to the finals at the FINA World Swimming Championships.
McGill's time was the eighth fastest in the semifinals.
Former Champaign Central star one step away from 100-meter butterfly final
Lisa Morgan sat at Escobar's in downtown Champaign, at a table near a large window, having just ordered migas at the nuevo Latin restaurant.
I ordered the Guatemalan breakfast, which had fried plantains on the side. The plantains seem to jog Morgan's memory as she opens up about her experience in Grenada as a Peace Corps volunteer.
CHAMPAIGN – At 8:30 a.m. on May 29, the state's newest swimming meet began accepting entries electronically.
By 8:31 a.m., the Illinois Open reached capacity.
HOUSTON – Ashley Wright, Taylor Call and Monica Perry combined to allow one earned run on one hit in 13 innings as Illinois won twice at Saturday's Houston Invitational.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Brandon Wikoff homered, and Illinois broke open a close game with a five-run sixth inning en route to an 8-3 victory against Iowa on Friday in the season opener for both teams.