The nice weather persists, but the Fighting Illini swimmers find choppy seas….
Swimming: Twinbill triumph gets Cats off to strong start
The Northwestern men’s and women’s swimming teams both opened their seasons with wins on Friday in road meets against Eastern Michigan and Illinois, respectively.
The men defeated the Eagles 165-130 and the women defeated the Fighting Illini 199-101.
Easteern Michigan is better at swimming than Illinois?
…the Big Ten schedule, which has proved to be more taxing than what they experienced in the Big 12.
“There were matches last year where we thought if we just play well, we’ll be OK,” Cook said. “The teams in the Big Ten compete every night. They understand how to compete and they’re not afraid of who they’re playing. In the Big 12, there was kind of a pecking order of, ‘Let’s get it over with and move on.’”
The Illini are ranked third in the AVCA poll. The article is mostly about Nebraska, but I was particularly interested in the comparison of competition between the B1G and the Big 12. Apparently, in volleyball, there is no comparison.
Supinie: Life goes on for slumping Illini
“It was new to have people on the bandwagon,” Scheelhaase said. “It was cool. It was nice. Maybe it was too nice. You never know.
“We’re not too worried about what other people are saying. We’re used to having kind of an empty bandwagon. It’s a little lighter to pull. It’s not that bad.”
Kind of an interesting way to look at fickle fan support of Fighting Illini football. A lighter bandwagon? Maybe, Nate, maybe. Or it could be that the fans have been burned so often that their lack of faith is borne of long experience. Doubling down on the Supinie (John has been really busy!):
“The whole thing is the vision to play hard, push the basketball, be patient, get to the paint and use our depth,” Weber said. “The key will be can we implement that, can they grab the vision and go with it. At this point, you feel pretty good.”
Weber is optimistic as we all are. But it seems to me the lede is buried in this story: Maniscalco was limping a bit during the game. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a problem moving forward.