Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Mexicano powers Illini to season-opening wins

MIAMI – Coach Terri Sullivan's Illinois softball squad had a good start to its season Friday at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic, topping No. 20 Louisville6-2 and Florida International 11-5.

In the Illini's season opener against the Cardinals, shortstop Angelena Mexicano went 3 for 4 with three runs and left fielder Makenzie Smith was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Reliever Ashley Wright allowed no runs on three hits in 4< 1/3> innings to earn the victory.

Clapp's on during first day

MINNEAPOLIS – Bismarck-Henning product Marissa Clapp helped lead Illinois to eighth place in the team standings Thursday after the first day of the Big Ten Championships at the University Aquatic Center.

Nomadic team has competitive drive

Jessica Rothenberg does not tolerate complainers well these days. Especially among her fellow University of Illinois athletes.

"The only thing that's been discouraging probably is hearing other athletes complain about what they don't have," the Illini swimmer said. "And we don't even have a facility."

Facilities, finishes not in UI's favor

Ron Guenther can't promise the Illinois women's swimming and diving team a new pool any time soon.

The Illini athletic director does pledge that he's not giving up a facility-challenged program that has resided in the bottom third of the Big Ten for much of the past 25 years.

Zollner, Whittaker hitting new heights

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Illinois men's track and field team earned three titles and 17 top-five finishes Saturday at the Blue Raider Invitational, but coach Wayne Angel said his squad still can improve.

"It was a solid performance for us today, although we've got a lot of work to do," Angel said. "We didn't show the amount of intensity that I was hoping for."

Mensah delivers as UI takes first

CHAMPAIGN – Yvonne Mensah won the long jump and 60-meter dash (7.49 seconds) as Illinois held off Kansas to win the Illini Invitational on Saturday at the UI Armory.

"Overall I had a decent performance," Mensah said. "This was a great starting point, but there are areas that I would like to keep improving upon."

Gonzales posts singles win

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Illinois junior Ruben Gonzales earned a 6-3, 6-3 men's tennis victory against Florida State's Jonathas Sucupira in the consolation bracket of the J. Webb Horton Classic on Friday.

Illini sign two swim recruits

CHAMPAIGN – An All-American from Minnesota and a four-year state qualifier from Hinsdale signed national letters of intent with the Illinois women's swimming and diving program, coach Sue Novitsky announced Friday.

Rebecca DeSalle of Hinsdale Central and Kasey Madden of Medina, Minn., will join the Illini in August 2007.

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Familiar foe for UI soccer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ý The Illinois soccer team has beaten Penn State once this season. If the Illini do it again, they'll have a trophy to show for it.

Top-seeded Penn State and second-seeded Illinois meet at 12:30 today for the Big Ten tournament title. The Nittany Lions' only league loss came against Illinois, 3-2, on Oct. 1.