Swimming and Diving
I am one of four Illini men's swimmers to win a Big Ten title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Mine came in 1986, when I gave Illinois its fifth conference title overall in the event. My clocking in that race – 56.13 seconds – set a school record that stood until Illinois dropped swimming as a varsity sport in 1993.
In 1997, I reached the NCAA women's swimming meet in three events. I was 30th in the 400-yard individual medley, 37th in the 500 free and did not place in the 200 fly. My name remains on several top 10 UI lists, with my best spot being second on the all-time 200 fly list behind Natasha Messmer.
I own school records in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke events in women's swimming, but I achieved even greater success in relay events. My name is part of four relays that hold school records. I'm now an assistant coach at an area high school.
I excelled at swimming's longest events, twice winning Big Ten titles in the 1,650-yard freestyle (in 1985 and '87) and once in the 500 free (in 1983). I was an All-Big Ten pick from 1985 through '87. A native of Australia, I helped my homeland win a gold medal in the 800-meter relay at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. I am an inductee in Australia's Northern Territory Hall of Champions.
I was a two-time All-America swimmer, finishing sixth in the 200 backstroke at the NCAA meet in 2000 and 2001. I also qualified for nationals both years in the 200 freestyle. My school record in the 200 back is more than four seconds better than the No. 2 spot, held by Alison Czmarko.
I was the 1962 NCAA swimming champion in the 220-yard freestyle, helping Illinois tie for 10th in the team standings. My time of 2 minutes, 0.9 seconds was the second-fastest winning clocking in the event in NCAA Championships history. It remains that way, since the NCAA converted the event the following year to 200 yards. I also was an All-American in 1961, and I was selected team MVP from 1961 to ''63.
I was a four-time Big Ten champion in men''s swimming, earning the most league titles in that sport in Illini history. My crowns came in 1968 and ''69 as I swept the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes. I also was a two-time All-American: in the 100 breaststroke in 1967 and in the 200 breaststroke in ''68. I arrived at Illinois as an IHSA state champion, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1965 for Champaign High.
In 1987, I established the Illinois school record in the 50 free with a time of 23.76 seconds. I''ve seen been passed many times, so my time is now seventh-best. But I was part of a 200 free relay that also earned a spot on the school''s top 10 all-time list, and as a group we placed 28th at the 1987 NCAA meet.
In 1988, I became the second Illini diver to earn All-American honors, following Robin Duffy in 1982. I placed seventh at the NCAA meet in 3-meter diving, while my teammate, Ann-Marie Beavis, didn''t finish because of an injury.
I''m one of seven Illinois women to earn All-American honors in swimming or diving. In 2001, I earned honorable mention honors in the 400 individual medley, an event in which I was 14th at the NCAA meet. It was the third time I swam that event at nationals, and I also excelled in the 200 IM and the 200 breaststroke.