Swimming and Diving
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.
Illinois broke its third school record of the Big Ten swimming and diving meet during the 200-yard freestyle relay Thursday night in Minneapolis.
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.
Senior Ilkay Dikmen finished second in the 100 breaststroke Friday at the Big Ten Quad Meet in Madison, Wis.
Illinois diver Lisa Fish took fifth in the 3-meter diving competition this weekend at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational.
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.