Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Christianson paces UI

Anna Christianson won the 200-yard butterfly, the 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley, helping Illinois to a 178.5-121.5 season-opening victory against Southern Illinois in Carbondale.

Forced out at UI, swimming coach stays in Big Ten

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jim Lutz never wanted to leave coaching. Or the University of Illinois. Or the Big Ten Conference.

Three months after his forced departure from the UI, Lutz figures two out of three ain''t bad.

Illinois pulls for Novitsky

Sue Novitsky, a former NCAA Division II All-American at Oakland University, was named Illinois' women's swimming and diving head coach Thursday, athletic director Ron Guenther said.

"Her leadership qualities and loyalty to the University of Illinois made her a natural choice. I expect a smooth transition for our swimming and diving program to the new coaching staff," Guenther said.

Lutz steps down

Jim Lutz, the winningest women's swimming and diving coach in Illinois history, resigned Thursday, athletic director Ron Guenther said.

Sue Novitsky, an assistant the past three seasons, was named interim coach.

Coaches with vision

CHAMPAIGN – Imagine swimming laps and not being able to see the end of the pool as you approach it. Or the lane lines at the bottom of the pool. Or even the floating lane markers.

Imagine swimming in a race and not being able to see the person in the next lane.

UI coach''s work write on mark

CHAMPAIGN – The phone in Jim Lutz's office is ringing. A colleague from Indiana needs some assistance.

"I'll have something for you later today," Lutz says.

UI gains

Juniors Anna Christiansen and Darcy Adler finished fourth in the 400 individual medley and the 100 breastroke, respectively, as Illinois moved from ninth to eighth place on the second day of the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis.

Aveyard paces UI

Illini sophomore Jessica Aveyard finished 11th in the 500 freestyle on the first day of the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis.

Christiansen shines

MINNEAPOLIS – Junior Anna Christiansen and senior Betsy Nagel posted victories Friday on the first day of the Big Ten Quads, but the Illini trail Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue.

Dietz: Work goes on for Kral

There's no football tradition to wave at prospective students. There are no trophy cases filled with basketball tournament hardware. The gym doesn't even have a floor yet.

Academics always have come before athletics for Ed Kral, and they have to at his new job. Kral is the athletic director at St. Thomas More High School, which will open this fall.