Jan. 11, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Hosting two simultaneous dual meets, the MSU men lost a battle to Purdue 190 to 102 and the women were narrowly beaten by Toledo 157.5 to 142.5 on Friday night at McCaffree Pool in IM West.
"I thought we weren't all that sharp," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "On the women's side, there were a couple of races that I thought that if we could've done a little better, we maybe would have beaten Toledo. They have a really good team. We had some good performances with Lauren Baisden and our relays swam really well. On the men's side, Purdue has a good team and they came to play. Nick Roberts won both the breaststroke events, so that was nice. But they just came to play and we didn't."
The women kicked off the evening with a win in the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Lauren Baisden, freshman Michelle Garland, senior Alexandra Pierce and senior Jenny Rusch finished in first-place with a time of 1:46.31.
Sophomore Hannah Pugh finished third for MSU in the women's 200 freestyle, clocking a time of 1:55.15. In the women's 200 backstroke, the Spartans scored first-place points as senior Lauren Baisden claimed an individual win with a time of 57.53. Garland also earned first-place points in the 100 breaststroke, stopping the clock in 1:06.21.
In the women's 200 butterfly, the Spartans took second and third-place points from Toledo as freshman Betsy Good finished second with a time of 2:05.81 and Pierce posted a time of 2:08.00 to place third. Senior Jenny Rusch was less than a second behind a first-place win in the 50 freestyle and claimed a runner-up finish with a time of 23.85.
Baisden earned her second win of the meet as she finished the 200 backstroke in first-place fashion with a time of 2:02.24. Freshman Marina Borri also claimed a collegiate win in the 200 breaststroke, stopping the clock in 2:22.86. Garland placed third in the event with a time of 2:24.82.
Taking away second-place points from Toledo in the 500 freestyle, Pugh swam a season-best time of 5:06.87. Freshman Chelsea Abbott finished fourth with a time of 5:10.19. In the 100 butterfly, MSU finished third, fourth and fifth as Brown clocked a 56.78, Pierce swam a time of 58.83 and freshman Betsy Good posted a time of 59.85.
Michigan State finished the night with a bang as it claimed first-place honors in the 400 freestyle relay. The winning team of Rusch, senior Tori Merritt, junior Summer Strickler and freshman Emily Parsons stopped the clock in 3:30.71 to earn the win.
On the boards, Alison Menzies won the women's 3-meter competition with a score of 279.45. The sophomore from Winston-Salem, N.C., has not lost a three-meter event in any of MSU's six meets this season. Freshman Taylor Mullahy finished seventh with a score of 199.00.
Menzies earned a score of 253.35 in the 1-meter to claim another win. Teammate Christee Cordes was close behind with a scored of 228.65 to finish second.
"Obviously, Alison was terrific winning both boards against Toledo," said diving coach Eric Best. "She's diving great right now. It's also nice to have Christee back; she's been hurt all season. That was helpful for us to go one and two on the 1-meter."
Junior Jake Austermann swam a personal-best time of 9:45.80 in the 1,000 freestyle to finish third. In the 200 freestyle, junior Pat Falconer placed third with a time of 1:42.50. Senior Jacob Jarzen was edged out in the 100 backstroke to finish second with a time of 49.89.
In the men's 100 breaststroke, Michigan State hit Purdue with a one-two finish as junior Nick Roberts finished in first-place with a personal-best time of 58.28 and teammate Senel placed second with a time of 58.67.
Junior Michael Uggeri fought hard but came up just short of a win in the men's 200 butterfly. He finished second with a season-best time of 1:53.77. In the 50 freestyle, Chisholm stopped the clock in 21.26 to claim third-place.
In a close 100 freestyle race, Falconer swam a time of 46.65 in the 100 freestyle and senior Josh Geschwendt stopped the clock in 46.76 to finish third and fourth, respectively.
Roberts earned an individual title in the 200 breaststroke as he finished in 2:07.38. Michigan State claimed first-place points in the 100 butterfly as Jarzen finished with a time of 48.80.
Freshman Charlie Mauer finished in fifth-place in the 1-meter competition with a score of 253.15. He scored a 229.70 to place sixth in the 3-meter.
The Spartan women will continue competition as they face the women from Purdue tomorrow, Jan. 12. The meet will also be held in IM West and is set to begin at 2 p.m. The men will join to action with the women in Bowling Green on Jan. 19.