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Spartan Sports Roundup

Jan. 27, 2009


Spartan Sports Roundup provides a brief overview of the Olympic sports teams in action. Read a recap of last week's action, look ahead to this week's action and find key notes on each team in this weekly recap.

 Swimming & Diving

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Last Week: The men's and women's teams competed at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 23-24). The women's team tied Denver at 181, defeated West Virginia (187-168) and fell to Notre Dame (259.5-106.5). The men's squad also downed the Mountaineers (200-168) but fell to Denver (225-142) and Notre Dame (232-138).

This Week: The Spartan women will host Michigan at 5 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 30) in its final home meet of the season. The men's and women's teams will travel to Oakland on Saturday (Jan. 31) to take on the Grizzlies at 1 p.m.

Notes: kevin Puskaric (Mokena, Ill.) claimed two wins this past weekend in the 100 breast (56.37) and 200 breast (2:02.06) while fellow sophomore Stephanie Fisher (Hartland, Wis.) also recorded two first place finishes in the 100 back (56.77) and 200 back (2:05.20)...Sophomore Becca Ebner (Okemos, Mich.) now has 10 first-place finishes in the 12 butterfly events she has competed in this year...Puskaric (200 breaststroke, 1:57.09), junior Jon LaRocque (50 freestyle, 20.13 and 100 backstroke, 48.55) and senior Marcus Poteete (100 butterfly, 47.01) have all set new school records...For the women, senior Heather Kiluk snapped her own MSU record in the 200 IM (2:02.44)...The men's 200 medley relay team, consisting of LaRocque, Poteete, Joe Schmitt and Matt Massman, as well as the women's 400 medley relay team of sophomores Stephanie Fisher and Becca Ebner, freshman Kerry Sodonis and junior Erinn Wertz, both set new school marks...Poteete's 47.01 in the 100 fly currently ranks as the 18th-fastest time in the nation this year...Puskaric has posted the nation's eighth-fastest time to date this season in the 200 breast (1:57.0).


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Last Week: The Spartans dropped their first Big Ten duals of the season last weekend, losing at No. 19 Northwestern, 31-6, and at No. 9 Minnesota, 30-6.

This Week: The Spartan grapplers return to Jenison Field House on Friday (Jan. 30) to host No. 15 Wisconsin at 7 p.m.

Notes: Franklin Gomez (Brandon, Fla.), currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, is now 12-1 on the year after losing his first bout of the season against sixth-ranked Jayson Ness of Minnesota...At 19-7 on the year, Rex Kendle (Edwardsburg, Mich.) leads MSU in wins this season...Anthony Jones Jr. (Highland Park, Mich.) picked up a win against No. 14 Tyler Safratowich of Minnesota and is now 18-8 this season...Red-shirt freshman Ian Hinton (Nappanee, Ind.) scored his biggest win of the season against West Virginia (1/17), pinning 12th-ranked Kurt Benner.

 Indoor Track & Field

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Last Week: Both the MSU men and women finished second with 160 points at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday at the Loftus Center in South Bend, Ind. ... Overall, MSU earned seven event titles on the day and totaled 21 top-three finishes ... The Spartan men and women topped both Wisconsin and Marquette at the meet while falling just short of Notre Dame ... Senior Lisa Senakiewich (Davison, Mich.) posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the mile run after clocking in at 4:46.78 ... Charelise Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Sarah Price (Manakto, Minn.), Jeremy Orr (Detroit, Mich.), Yury Ratomski (Novi, Mich.), Michael Smoot (Trenton, Mich.), Shane Knoll (Warren, Mich.) and Jay Gillespie (Allen Park, Mich.) all won event titles at the meet.

This Week: MSU will take the weekend off in preparation for the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame on Feb. 6. It will be the Spartans third consecutive trip to the state of Indiana and second in a row to Notre Dame.

Notes: The Spartans have seen several record-breaking performances this season, highlighted by Anthony Agrusa (St. Clair Shores, Mich.), who set the school-record in the weight throw ... His toss of 18.74m (61-5 ¾) at the Chippewa Open (1/9) broke the previous record, set by Jay Gillespie (Allen Park, Mich.) in the MSU Open on Dec. 5 ... The Spartan sprinters have continued to see success this season, highlighted by Yury Ratomski (Novi, Mich.) and Jeremy Orr (Detroit, Mich.); both Ratomski and Orr took home event titles at the ND Invite with Orr winning the 200m and Ratomski claiming the 60m title; Orr currently sits as the nation's ninth-ranked sprinter in the 400m dash as well ... The women have received key contributions from Charelise Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who claimed her second 60m dash title of the season after posting a time of 7.72 ... MSU's distance runners have also been key in the early season success for the track program. Aside from Senakiwich, who posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the mile at Notre Dame, MSU has seen plenty of success in the 3,00m run as well ... After Senakiewich won the event with a personal-best time of 9:34.02 two weeks ago at the, the Spartans finished 1-2-3 at ND with senior Sarah Price (Mankato, Minn.) leading the way ... The men have been led by junior Shane Knoll (Warren, Mich.), who currently sits at No. 17 in the mile run; Knoll claimed his first mile title of the season at Notre Dame, finishing in 4:04.21, just .21 seconds off of an NCAA provisional qualifying mark ... Freshman Beth Rohl (New Buffalo, Mich.) has been a bright spot for the throwers on the women's side as she has put up big marks in her first three collegiate meets, highlighted by her second-place finish at the Indiana Invitational when she tallied a personal-best toss of 18.10m (59-4 ¾) ... Rohl continued her success at the Notre Dame Invite, finishing second in the weight throw and third in the shot put ... The Spartans saw three athletes earn weekly conference honors following the season-opening MSU Open ... Charelise Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took home the school's first ever Big Ten Female Track Athlete of the Week honor after claiming the 60m dash title with a personal-best time of 7.63 seconds; Becca Buchholtz (East Troy, Mich.) was the Big Ten Female Field Athlete of the Week after winning the pentathlon in her first collegiate event while Gillespie took home Male Field Athlete of the Week after his school-record heave of 18.40m (50-6 ¼) in the weight throw.


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Last Week: MSU fell to No. 22 Penn State 195.875-194.175 in its first road meet of the season.

This Week: The Spartans travel to Ohio State on Saturday (Jan. 31) for a 7 p.m. quad meet with the host Buckeyes, Illinois and Missouri.

Notes: The meet marked the fourth time this season the Spartans have faced a Big Ten team, and was also the first time the two teams faced off in the regular season since 1995 ... Senior Katlyn Roggensack (Wheaton, Ill.) continued her success on the vault, tallying a score of 9.825 for the second-straight meet. The score tied her career-high on vault and she finished third overall on the event ... Classmate Dani Fanning (Glendale, Ariz.) led the team on uneven bars, tying her career-high with a 9.800 ... Junior Nicole Curler (Bay City, Mich.) placed third overall on floor exercise with a 9.825 and sophomore Kelsey Morley (Elkhart, Ind.) was second on the team with a season-high 9.775 ... MSU's team score of 48.575 was the highest on the balance beam so far this season ... Curler and Morley tied for second overall on the balance beam, posting a 9.800 ... Curler tallied a 38.250 in the all-around, finishing third overall. She also picked up a season-high three top-three honors against Penn State ... Hosted the third-annual Flip for a Cure meet on Jan. 17, raising over $1,200 for the American Cancer Society.

 Women's Tennis

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Last Week: The No. 65 Michigan State women's tennis team returned home to pick up its first win of the spring season defeating Eastern Michigan University, 7-0. Pacing the Spartans in the No. 1 singles spot was senior Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) defeating Miriam Westerink, 6-3, 6-4. Picking up a victory in the No. 1 doubles spot were sophomores Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) and Manon Noe (Liancort, France), defeating Westerink and Joanna Woo, 8-6, to help clinch the doubles point on Friday.

This Week: The Spartans travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Saturday (Jan. 31). Other schools participating include host USC, Texas A&M and St. Mary's. The school who wins both of their matches during the weekend will be invited to play in the Feb. 13-16 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Wisconsin.

Notes: Head Coach Simone Jardim picked up her first career win as head coach of the Spartans...The win marked the Spartans' first sweep of an opponent this season...Freshman Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) remains undefeated in dual play...The No. 48 ranked doubles tandem of sophomore Lindsey Lonergan (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) is now 6-4 on the season...Freshman Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) picked up her first career dual victory, defeating Rumbidzai Muskwe of Eastern Michigan, 6-2, 6-1.

 Men's Tennis

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Last Week: Michigan State men's tennis defeated Cleveland State (5-2) and swept Youngstown State (7-0) Saturday, Jan. 24 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The wins continued the Spartans' four-match win streak to begin the 2009 season.

This Week: Michigan State will play in its third-straight doubleheader at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility next Saturday, Jan. 31 against Western Illinois and Valparaiso.

Notes: Senior Alex Forger (Okemos, Mich.) dominated in singles play this past Saturday...He posted an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 1 position against Youngstown State and then a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cleveland State at the No. 2 position. Partnering with Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kan.), Forger recorded an 8-3 win over CSU in doubles action...Freshman Austin Brooks (Houston, Texas) clinched the win for the Green and White against Cleveland State in a close match against Ryan Hamning of CSU, winning in tie breaking sets, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4)...Brooks also picked up a win at the No. 2 singles position defeating Patrick Hamning of YSU 6-0, 6-1.

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