Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Masheto breaks record, earns All-America status

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Lesiba Masheto finished fifth in the 400-meter dash on Saturday with a school-record time of 46.14 seconds at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The finish gave him All-America status, and the time broke the school record previously held by Abe Jones (46.18 in 2006).

UI's Mensah captures All-America honors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah earned sixth place in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, going 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches to claim All-America honors Friday.

"I thought everyone really competed and did well today," UI women's coach Gary Winckler said.

Viney completes preliminary race

MINNEAPOLIS – Illinois senior Barbie Viney finished 57th in the 50 freestyle prelims Thursday at the NCAA Championships.

Viney, who was seeded 54th in the event, finished in 23.28 seconds.

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UCLA rallies past Illinois in Chicago

CHICAGO – Third-seeded UCLA dominated singles play to knock off sixth-seeded Illinois in a quarterfinal match at Saturday's USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships at the Midtown Tennis Club.

Host Illinois (7-2), which was looking to make its sixth consecutive semifinal appearance, won the doubles point. But only Ruben Gonzales won in singles as UCLA (7-1) rebounded with wins from 2006 NCAA champ Ben Kohlloeffel, Philipp Gruendler, Chris Surapol and Michael Look.

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Illini, fans have a ball

URBANA – Illinois men's tennis coach Brad Dancer came away from Saturday's match against Texas A&M pleased with his team.

His fans weren't too shabby, either.

Mexicano powers Illini to season-opening wins

MIAMI – Coach Terri Sullivan's Illinois softball squad had a good start to its season Friday at the Diamond Fun & Sun Classic, topping No. 20 Louisville6-2 and Florida International 11-5.

In the Illini's season opener against the Cardinals, shortstop Angelena Mexicano went 3 for 4 with three runs and left fielder Makenzie Smith was 2 for 4 with three RBI. Reliever Ashley Wright allowed no runs on three hits in 4< 1/3> innings to earn the victory.

Clapp's on during first day

MINNEAPOLIS – Bismarck-Henning product Marissa Clapp helped lead Illinois to eighth place in the team standings Thursday after the first day of the Big Ten Championships at the University Aquatic Center.

Nomadic team has competitive drive

Jessica Rothenberg does not tolerate complainers well these days. Especially among her fellow University of Illinois athletes.

"The only thing that's been discouraging probably is hearing other athletes complain about what they don't have," the Illini swimmer said. "And we don't even have a facility."