Forty-nine Spartans student-athletes were recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
The Spartans tallied a total of 55 points.
The senior closed out her final performance at the Big Ten Championships with a 12th-place finish on the 3-meter board.
Jenny Rusch broke the 50-freestyle record during her split in the 200 free relay time trial.
The Spartans were narrowly edged out by in-state rival, Michigan on Friday night by a score of 171-120.
Getting to know Samantha Hilk
Where were you born?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was ten I wanted to be...an architect. Now I want to be...an engineer.
What is your favorite movie?
Why did you choose Michigan State University?
Beautiful campus, friendly people and why wouldn't I??
Who is your favourite MSU athlete of all time?
No one in particular but for sure any swimmer!
Name one person living or dead, that you would most like to compete against?
Top 5 songs on your iPod?
1. Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers
2. Everything's Right by Matt Wertz
3. Remember the Name by Fort Minor featuring Styles of Beyond
4. 8th World Wonder by Kimberly Locke
5. The World's Greatest by R. Kelly
Your favorite moment in the outdoor pool?
Getting a Tan!
GREEN or WHITE???
What activity have I participated in during the summer for the past five years?
Racing Catamarans- Sailing.
Senior Season: Academic All-Big Ten ... Recorded a personal-best time in the 50 freestyle (23.96) at the Big Ten Championship meet ... Posted a season-best time in the 50 backstroke (28.18) at the dual meet vs. Michigan ... Finished with personal-best times in the 100 backstroke (57.45) and the 200 backstroke (202.22) at the Big Ten Championship meet ... Took second place in the final Dual Meet against Michigan in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.37 ... Earned a spot on the 200 freestyle relay that competed at the Big Ten Championship meet and broke the school record from 2004 with a time of 1:32.00.
Junior Season: Academic All-Big Ten ... Posted season-best times in the 50 freestyle (24.52) and the 100 freestyle (53.81) at the Eastern Michigan Invitational ... Recorded season-best times at the Big Ten Championship meet in the 100 backstroke (58.74) and the 200 backstroke (2:05.85).
Sophomore Season: Academic All-Big Ten ... Second-place finish in the 100 backstroke against Michigan ... Third-place finish in the 200 backstroke against GVSU, swimming a 2:12.85 .... Competed at the TYR Invitational, swimming her season-best times in the 100 backstroke (59.20) and 50 backstroke (27.78) ... Posted a 24.21 in the 50 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships.
Freshman Season: Competed in every regular-season meet as a true freshman ... Was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that placed second with a time of 1:40.53 vs. Minnesota ... Finished seventh in the 50 backstroke (28.19) at the TYR Invitational ... Clocked a 1:01.11 for a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke vs. Ball State ... 200 freestyle relay team swam a 1:39.08 for second place vs. Michigan.
High School: Earned All-state honors as a junior and senior...All-Academic member all four years...Four-year lettterwinner.
Personal: Born Feb. 27, 1990 ... Daughter of Tim and Jeannie Hilk...Parents both swam at Youngstown State University ... Majoring in mechanical engineering.