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NCAA Div. I Women: UCLA Downs Illinois -- January 10, 2002

WESTWOOD, Calif., Jan. 9. IN a matchup usually between two schools that have cut their menb's teams, UCLA women's swimmers defeated Illinois, 174.5-125.5 here this afternoon in an intersectional dual meet at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center Pool.

Coach Cyndi Gallagher's Bruins, 7-2 overall and dfending Pac-10 champs, were too much for Coach Sue Novitsky's Lady Illini, winning 10 of 16 events en
route to victory.

The Bruins were led by senior Jen Noodle, a member of Canada's national team, who scored three wins: 100-200 yard breaststrokes (1:04.71-2:18.34) and the 200 IM (2:06.32).

UCLA also scored doubles from sophomore Kristen Lewis (100-200 flys, 58.12-2:04.98) and junior Erica Shugart (50-100 frees, 23.84-52.78).

Illinois got a pair of victories from sophomore distance specialist Crystal McAdam, who took the 500 (5:00.42) and 1000 frees (10:09.27); and senior All-America Jessica Aveyard, who won the 200 back (2:02.19) and 200 free (1:52.87).

Illinois' other individual winner was Alison Czmarko (100 back, 57.84). Their 400 free relay also won in 3:34.35.

UCLA divers qualified for NCAA Zone meets via wins on the oine-meter springboard by Jen McNally (264.93) and Michelle Brown (3-meter, 300.53).

The Bruin 400 medley relay team openedthe meet with a 3:52.82 win. Katie Winkelhaus, Elvira Fischer, Lewis and Jeanette Nieto comprising the foursome.

Fischer is a transfer from Nebraska, where she was an All-Big 12 and All-America selectee, as well as competing for her native Austria at the Olympics in Sydney.

The Bruins' next action will be at home against Washington State and UOP Jan. 19. Illinois will next swim in a quad meet involving Iowa, Notre Dame
and Michigan Jan. 18-19 at South Bend.

-- Bill Bell