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Spartan Sports Roundup

Feb. 4, 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 Spartan women's team fell to Michigan on Friday and both the men's and women's squads narrowly fell to Oakland on Saturday.

This Week: The Spartan men will host Michigan at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 8) in its final home meet of the season.

Notes: Sophomores kevin Puskaric (Mokena, Ill.), Becca Ebner (Okemos, Mich.) and Colby Ward (Rochester Hills, Mich.), along with senior Marcus Poteete (Santa Cruz, Calif.), all won two events on Saturday at Oakland...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 this season...Senior Heather Kiluk snapped her own MSU record in the 200 IM (2:02.44) at the Shamrock Invitational...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: MSU downed No. 17 Wisconsin on Friday (Jan. 30), 25-17, thanks to a pin by redshirt freshman David Cheza (Grand Blanc, Mich.) in the final bout of the night. The Spartans led 19-17 entering the final bout, and Cheza's pin of Wisconsin's Greg Burke in 6:22 sealed the victory.

This Week: The Spartan grapplers host defending national champion and top-ranked Iowa on Friday (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m. and 18th-ranked Michigan on Sunday (Feb. 8) at 1 p.m.

Notes: Redshirt freshman Ian Hinton (Nappanee, Ind.) also recorded a fall against Wisconsin, this one coming in overtime to put the Spartans up 9-3 ... MSU is now 1-2 in Big Ten play ... Sixth-ranked 133-pounder Franklin Gomez (Brandon, Fla.) earned his fifth major decision of the season against Wisconsin's Tom Kelliher...Gomez was ranked No. 1 in the country for seven-straight weeks ... Gomez's record now stands at 13-1 this season ... Senior Rex Kendle (Edwardsburg, Mich.) and sophomore Anthony Jones Jr. (Highland Park, Mich.) are tied for the team lead in wins, both at 19.

 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 Jan. 23 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: The Spartans will take part in the Meyo Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday. It will be their third consecutive trip to the state of Indiana and second-in-a-row to Notre Dame after taking last week off.

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 Senakiewich, 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 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 finished third in a quad meet at Ohio State. The Spartans totaled 194.500, their best score of the season, while No. 13 Missouri placed first with a 195.375, No. 15 Illinois recorded a 194.575 and host No. 14 Ohio State rounded out the field with 193.825.

This Week: The Spartans travel to Chicago for the Chicago Style Invite with Illinois, UIC and Boise State on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

Notes: MSU recorded season-best scores on balance beam (48.650) and uneven bars (48.800) at Ohio State ... Sophomore Kelsey Morley (Elkhart, Ind.) scored a 9.800 on balance beam, her highest mark so far this season, finishing her second overall on the event for the seventh time in her career ... Morley participated in the all-around for the first time in her career at Ohio State, tallying a 38.725 ... Senior Katlyn Roggensack (Wheaton, Ill.), junior Emily Lopatofsky (Waymart, Pa.) and sophomore Kathryn Mahoney (Western Springs, Ill.) recorded season-highs on floor exercise ... Lopatofsky posted a 9.825 on floor exercise to finish her second overall ... Junior Rochelle Robinson (Chesapeake, Va.) tallied a 9.850 on vault and uneven bars, both season-highs. She finished third overall on both events for the first time this season ... Roggensack recorded a 9.825 on vault for the third-straight week, her career high ... The Spartans have faced five of the six Big Ten teams already this season ... MSU and Illinois will meet for the third time this season at the Chicago Style Invite ... MSU ranks 19th nationally on uneven bars, 24th on floor exercise and 28th on vault.

 Women's Tennis

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Last Week: The No. 66 Michigan State women's tennis team traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., for the ITA Kickoff Weekend hosted by USC. On Saturday (Jan. 31) in the first match of the weekend the Spartans fell to 10th-ranked USC, 4-0. Three of the matches were suspended, giving USC the sweep. In the consolation match on Sunday (Feb. 1), the Spartans were able to get off to a quick start, picking up two of the three doubles matches over Saint Mary's College, earning the doubles point. However, Saint Mary's was able to rally, picking up wins in four singles matches to clinch the 4-2 victory. The final match was suspended after Saint Mary's clinched the win.

This Week: The Spartans return home for action on Friday, Feb. 6, as they will play host to both Toledo (2 p.m.) and Detroit Mercy (6 p.m.) at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

Notes: The No. 48 ranked doubles tandem of sophomore Lindsey Lonergan (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) is now 7-5 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...Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) is 8-2 in her last 10 matches after picking up a win this weekend...Freshman Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) is currently riding a four-match winning streak and is 9-4 on the year.

 Men's Tennis

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Last Week: Michigan State dominated competition against Western Illinois and Valparaiso Saturday, Jan. 31 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facilities defeating both teams 7-0.

This Week: Michigan State will play their seventh-straight match at home against Toledo next Saturday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans will look to improve their winning streak to seven straight wins.

Notes: The two wins this weekend increased the Spartans' home winning streak to six - a feat last accomplished in 2003 when the team won eight straight to begin the season...The Spartans did not give up a single match to Western Illinois...The No. 1 doubles team of John Stratton (Monroeville, N.J.) and Austin Brooks (Houston, Texas) won 8-2...Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and John Allare (Maineville, Ohio) picked up a win recording an 8-4 win while Alex Forger (Okemos) and Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kan.) won in dominating fashion, 8-1...All six singles positions picked up wins as well...Playing at No. 1 singles, Forger defeated Zach Frisch 6-2, 7-6(6), while No. 2 Allare posted an impressive win over Neil Lesinski, 6-1, 6-1...Brooks impressed with a win of 6-2, 6-0 over Fransisco Oritiz at the No. 3 position and Rasmussen held on to post a win over Sean Ragee-Nelson in a tie-breaking set, 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-4 at No. 4 singles...Against Valpo, Forger and Richardson recorded an 8-1 victory to improve their record to 4-0 this season...In singles, Allare picked up a win over Alex Lay at the No. 1 position, recording a 6-1, 6-0 win while Rasmussen played at No. 2, defeating Tommy Litscher 6-3, 6-0.

 Community Service

Spartan football players visited the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing on Wednesday (Feb. 4) night.

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