Swimming and Diving
Ruggeri gives men's gymnastics team lift in win
CHAMPAIGN – An Illinois senior class so happy to have a home pool closed out its return season to the Athletics and Recreation Center in style Saturday.
URBANA – A day after defeating Toledo and Ball State, the No. 15 Illinois men's tennis team kept the momentum going with a 6-1 rout of No. 14 Pepperdine on Saturday at Atkins Tennis Center.
The Illini claimed all three doubles matches before No. 101 Marc Spicijaric upset Pepperdine's 57th-ranked Mahmoud Kamel in straight sets in singles action.
B.J. Futrell (125 pounds) scored a pin for the Illini, and Jimmy Kennedy (133) and Mike Poeta (157) recorded major decisions.
Marissa Clapp placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley to lead Illinois to fourth place after the opening day of the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Clapp, a former Bismarck-Henning standout, was timed in 4 minutes, 23.05 seconds.
Jeff Huth spent months researching how much Illinois has spent on recruiting in recent years. He found that across the board, the Illini are major players on the recruiting scene.
LAS VEGAS – Third-ranked Illinois junior Jimmy Kennedy beat Boise State's Andrew Hochstrasser to win the 133-pound title Saturday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
The 6-4 victory moved Kennedy's record to 9-0 this season.
CHAMPAIGN – If you haven't seen Laura DeBruler, the slam-bang kill-shot artist from Downers Grove, you'll get your last chance Friday and maybe Saturday at Huff Hall.
PARK RIDGE — The Illinois volleyball team swept Big Ten player of the week awards on Monday, with Laura DeBruler earning the honor on offense and Johannah Bangert being recognized on defense.
DeBruler recorded double-doubles in kills and digs in two matches last week. The sophomore outside hitter had 17 kills and 17 digs against Purdue before racking up 21 and 12, respectively, versus Michigan State. The award is DeBruler’s third this season and fifth of her career.
Bangert had nine block assists against the Boilermakers, helping limit Purdue to a .199 hitting percentage.