Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Rajic picks California

URBANA — One of the top girls' swimmers in Champaign-Urbana history is heading to one of the top college programs to continue her career in the pool.

Ema Rajic, a rising senior at Uni High, verbally committed to California earlier this week.

Prep Year in Review: Memories they’re sure to cherish

The area high school sports scene kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats from August through June:

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.

Rajic keeps setting, meeting new goals

By the time Ema Rajic swam the 50-meter freestyle at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis last Saturday, she began to feel the burn of the previous days' workload.

The meet, after all, was a five-event, seven-race marathon for the rising senior at Uni High.

July 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

With Year in Review coverage coming up this weekend (preps) and next (Illinois), it's almost time to hit the reset button and turn focus to the next school year. What do you want to see from The News-Gazette sports section? What could be the biggest storylines this fall? Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell?

Woods, Rajic diving into Olympic territory

INDIANAPOLIS — Over the past year, the flood of new experiences has come thick and fast for Payton Woods.

The former Champaign Central All-American swimmer learned new training strategies during his freshman year at Michigan State, from cutting his mileage to tailoring his workouts to the 50-yard freestyle.

2017 News-Gazette Swimmer of the Year: Champaign Central's Cam Barnard

CHAMPAIGN — Dave Young knew two things about Cam Barnard’s personality coming into his first season as Champaign Central’s swimming coach.

He knew he was tepid on swimming his senior year after taking part in the Maroons’ All-American medley relay team the year before. And he knew he was a laid-back kid.

2017 News-Gazette swimming Coach of the Year: Central's Dave Young

Coach of the Year: Champaign Central’s Dave Young

2017 News-Gazette All-Area swimming team



Cam Barnard    Champaign Central    Sr.

Ethan Chow    Urbana    So.

Mikey Hynds    Champaign Central    So.

March 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

Why was Anaya Peoples The News-Gazette's All-Area girls' basketball Player of the Year? When do other All-Area teams from the winter come out? What spring sports teams could contend for a state title this school year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here to answer your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.