Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Volleyball seniors go out in style

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.

Lynn, Knight sparkle in pool

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.

'It's overwhelming when you see your child's dreams come true'

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?'

Illinois Caravan 2012

Illinois coaches visit Danville for the Illinois Caravan Wednesday May 23, 2012.

Riley gets second, fourth at nationals

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.

Illini fall to Lions gymnasts

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.

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Illini swimmers top their times

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.

Donkey basketball at Catlin High School 2/12

Catlin High School's freshman class hosted the donkey basketball tournament at the school Thursday Feb. 16, 2012.

Richartz breaks UI pole vault mark

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.

Ward, Illini bounce back

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.