Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

A weekly chat with Tony Bleill

This week''s guest: swimmer Kirsten Koepcke.

Former Illini swimmer misses semis

Former Illini Ilkay Dikmen came close to advancing to semifinal round Wednesday at the Olympics in Athens.

Illini end recruiting period with class

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.

Former Illini Dikmen not your prototypical sports fan

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.

Relay sets school mark

Illinois broke its third school record of the Big Ten swimming and diving meet during the 200-yard freestyle relay Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Illini 10th in Big Ten meet

After its 200-yard medley relay was disqualified, Illinois'' women''s swimming team rebounded to set a school record in the 800 freestyle relay during the first day of the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis.

Dikmen sparkles

Senior Ilkay Dikmen finished second in the 100 breaststroke Friday at the Big Ten Quad Meet in Madison, Wis.

Diver makes top five

Illinois diver Lisa Fish took fifth in the 3-meter diving competition this weekend at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational.

Illini senior breaks mark

   Two-time All-American Jessica Aveyard broke Illinois'' school record in the 500 freestyle, clocking 4 minutes, 47.71 seconds Thursday at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.

   Aveyard''s mark topped Liz Grant''s 4:49.62, which was recorded Feb. 20, 1987. Aveyard, a senior, did not qualify for the finals, finishing 23rd.

Swimmer''s GPA earns national recognition

   Sue Novitsky''s Illini swim team posted a 3.372 grade-point average last semester, good for second in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation.