One of the finest athletes to ever grace the pool at Carleton, Marianne White (née Illing) was an outstanding member of the Ravens women’s water polo team from 1999-2002. Illing, an immensely talented forward, enjoyed four seasons of leading the Ravens scoring attack. With an uncanny ability to find the back of the opponent’s net, Illing’s consistent performances brought her plenty of individual awards including an OUA Second-Team All-Star award as a rookie in 1999 followed by three straight OUA First-Team All-Star nominations from 2000-2002.
In 2000, Illing set a Ravens water polo record with 69 goals in a season, which still stands as the highest single-season total in program history. Illing was named the Carleton University Female Athlete of the Year in 2000-01. After her remarkable university career, Illing went on to an illustrious career with the Canadian national team. Illing represented her country on several occasions, including at the 2003 Pan Am Games as well as at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.