Swimming and Diving
CHAMPAIGN — Jocelynn Birks’ double-double helped rally the Illinois volleyball team to a 22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 Big Ten victory against Michigan on Saturday night at Huff Hall.
The redshirt freshman outside hitter belted a match-high 25 kills — tying her career high — and had 16 digs.
CHAMPAIGN — Erica Lynn and Kathleen Knight each won two individual events, but Illinois lost 169-131 to Northwestern in the season-opening meet Friday at ARC Pool.
Lynn won the 100-yard and 200 breaststrokes, and Knight claimed the 100 and 200 butterflies.
In the 100 breast, Lynn was clocked in 1:05.63. In the 200 breast, she was timed in 2:21.32.
OMAHA, Neb. — The conversation took place more than a decade ago, but Jeff McGill still remembers it almost word for word.
Will Barker was coaching 12-year-old Tyler McGill at the time when he pulled Jeff aside.
"He told me Tyler was one in a million," Jeff said late Sunday night in the lobby of CenturyLink Center, site of the U.S. Olympic trials. "I said, 'What do you mean?'
NAMPA, Idaho — The repeat was not to be for Andrew Riley. The Illinois senior sprinter, who won the 60-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, had a minor issue with the second hurdle in Saturday's NCAA final and finished fourth.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Paul Ruggeri won the vault, floor exercise and the parallel bars but No. 3 Illinois dropped a 347.800-346.500 decision to No. 2 Penn State in men's gymnastics Saturday.
C.J. Maestas, who finished second to Ruggeri on the parallel bars, won the horizontal bar.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Courtney Pope and Brittany McGowan swam the ninth- and 10th-fastest 50 freestyle times in Illinois history during Thursday's Big Ten championships.
Pope recorded a personal-best time of 23.52 seconds during her prelim. McGowan finished in a personal-best 23.55.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Stephanie Richartz broke the school record in the indoor pole vault Saturday at the season-opening Illinois Open women’s track and field meet at the UI Armory.
Richartz cleared 13 feet, 11/2 inches. She held the previous mark of 12-111/2, set at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Seventh-ranked Illinois rebounded from Friday's loss to Michigan State by beating No. 23 Michigan 22-25, 25-14, 27-25, 25-21 on Saturday.
The Illini (25-4, 14-4 Big Ten) will enter the regular season's final week tied for second with Penn State and Purdue. All three teams trail Nebraska (16-2), which has clinched a share of the crown with two matches remaining.