Swimming and Diving
BISMARCK – Marissa Clapp deserves a hand. Not many athletes from Class A schools without swimming pools are able to earn scholarships in the sport to a Division I university.
Clapp, a co-valedictorian at Bismarck-Henning, used her right hand to sign a letter of intent Thursday, making official what she indicated earlier: She will attend her parents'' alma mater and swim for Illinois.
Illinois'' Barbie Viney, Kirsten Koepcke, Kellie Stevens and Amy Downing clocked 7 minutes, 20.97 seconds to finish seventh in the 800-yard freestyle relay on the first day of the Big Ten Women''s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Illinois senior Kirsten Koepcke won the 1,000 freestyle Friday at the Big Ten Quad Meet in West Lafayette, Ind.
Senior Trisha Lakatos earned two victories Saturday in Champaign, but No. 25 Indiana edged Illinois 155-145 in a dual swimming and diving meet.
Lakatos swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. She clocked 1 minute, 5.10 seconds in the 100 and 2:21.98 in the 200.
Former Illini Ilkay Dikmen came close to advancing to semifinal round Wednesday at the Olympics in Athens.
CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois women''s swimming and diving team added six recruits during the late signing period, completing a class of 10 newcomers that will join Sue Novitsky''s program this fall.
The latest signees are led by Mallory Craft of Fort Thomas, Ky., who placed fourth in the Kentucky state meet in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke. Her top times are 58.81 seconds in the butterfly and 59.44 in the backstroke.
In a country where soccer is king and three-time Olympic weightlifting champion Naim Suleymanoglu is revered, the Dikmen family always has traveled the less-beaten sports path.
When Atilla Dikmen sits down for an hour or two of televised sports, his viewing pleasure is tennis. Ilknur Dikmen''s choice of sport in high school was basketball.