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Fiden Adds New Event as Hoosiers Defeat Illinois

Oct 29, 2000

Freshmen Sarah Fiden added another event to her resume against Illinois Saturday. Her first stab at the 1000 free concluded in a victory over Illinois' Jen Peters by .22 seconds. Fiden swam the event in 10:09.73.

"Actually, I was really nervous. This is my second college meet and I'm swimming an event I've never swum before. I've swum the mile several times, and it's kind of the same strategy, so I figured I could handle it pretty well."

Fiden doubled the distance events by also competing in the 500 free. She finished second in 5:02.17.

"She's never swum the 1000 free before. She hung in tough. That's the kind of racer that Sarah is. That double is very challenging, the 1000 and the 500. She'll continue to do it and hopefully she'll continue to get better at it."

The women's squad won 10 events to defeat the Illini 180.50-118.50. The 200 fly featured Jenny Bechem taking first in 2:06.80, Kristy Martin finishing second in 2:07.33, and Maggie Helmers holding on to third in 2:07.69. In the 500 free, Fiden, Erin Rice, and Meredith Stettner showed solid improvement from the Evansville meet. Jenn Cristy competed in and won four events. She anchored the winning 400 medley and claimed victory in the 50, 100, and 200 free.

"Illinois is always good conference competition for us. Each week we're going to face tougher and tougher competition. It's always nice to get that first win against conference competition," said Tierney.

The final event showcased an Indiana 400 free relay win with the IU's exhibition team following in second. Tierney will continue to adjust the relay line-ups through out the season looking for the perfect niche.

"It will probably be different week. They all want to be on that relay team. We're going to put the four fastest people that we've got up there, and that can change at anytime."

Diving added its own excitement with Jennifer Sonneborn winning both the one-meter (282.52) and three-meter (313.27) and the Hoosiers consistently posting the top scores on both. Erin Quinn collected 307.20 points diving exhibition on the three-meter and 269.02 on the one-meter for third place.

"They did very well. The last thing I said to them was 'go out there and be tough and compete' and I think they did that. It was really a nice improvement."

Back to back meets come to Bloomington on Friday the 3rd versus Kentucky and Saturday the 4th against Big Ten opponent Northwestern.