Swimming and Diving

Wrestlers pound Pitt

B.J. Futrell (125 pounds) scored a pin for the Illini, and Jimmy Kennedy (133) and Mike Poeta (157) recorded major decisions.


Swimmers in fourth

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.


Ante up

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.


Kennedy tops in Las Vegas

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.


Tate: Volleyball might lead rebirth

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.


Illini volleyball sweeps honors

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.


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Petruzzello picks Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - Alyssa Petruzzello has known the University of Illinois women's swimming coach since she was a pre-teen swimming laps for a local club team.
Next season, the Centennial senior will be calling Sue Novitsky her coach.


Illini avoid roadblock

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa's volleyball team has been tough at home this season, but No. 16 Illinois solved the Hawkeyes on Friday night in a Big Ten match.

Coach Don Hardin's Illini rallied for a 20-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-22 victory, their sixth in a row and ninth in 10 matches.


Clapp, Illini off to strong start

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois swimming and diving team jumped to a big lead on the first day of a two-day meet against Michigan State on Thursday.

The Illini compiled seven first-place finishes in 10 events to take a 120-66 advantage into tonight’s competition.


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