Jan. 11, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State swimming and diving team recorded eight event wins, but lost on the road to Purdue on Saturday with the men falling by a score of 112.5-187.5, while the women dropped a 125-167 decision.
“We had some good swims,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “For being off for six weeks, I thought we had a lot of positives. Obviously, I think we would have liked to score a few more points. Give credit to Purdue, they really performed well. With the week that they had, I thought they did great. But our guys did pretty good, too. Bryan (Williams) won a couple of events. Shelby (Lacy) won a couple of events. Summer (Strickler) really swam well. It was probably one of her best dual meets ever. Nick Roberts had a great meet. I thought some of our young guys really performed well in a Big Ten environment. It’s encouraging. There’s work to do, but it’s encouraging for sure.”
The men were led by Bryan Williams, who took home a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.10. He also turned in a winning time of 1:50.42 to hit the wall first in the 200 butterfly.
Freshman Sam Hiller took home an individual win in the 200 backstroke. He posted a time of 1:52.40 for first place, while Adam Marsh (1:54.65) and Drew Goins (1:58.10) finished third and fourth, respectively.
In the 100 freestyle, Nick McGowan set a personal-best time of 46.60 as he finished in third place. In the 200 individual medley, Nate Weeks (1:54.25) and Roberts (1:56.64) took second and third, respectively.
Kandt continued to have a stellar meet as he placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.35. Following him was Roberts, who posted a season-best time of 58.54 to secure a fourth-place finish.
On the women’s side, Summer Stickler led the Spartans with a win in the 100 freestyle as she clocked a time of 51.94.
Shelby Lacy earned an individual win as she swam a time of 1:05.28 to take first-place points in the 100 breaststroke. She was closely followed by Kennedy Cutler, who posted a time of 1:06.64 for second place.
The Spartan women dominated the 200 individual medley, scoring first through fourth-place points in the event. MSU was led by Elizabeth Brown, who took home an individual win with a time of 2:09.73, followed by Hannah Pugh who swam a personal-best time of with 2:11.90. Jessica Cutler (2:13.73) and Marina Borri (2:14.46) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The MSU women also took second through fourth place again in the 100 butterfly as Love posted a time of 57.80, followed be Brown (58.18) and Marcella Kupraszewicz (58.63).
Setting a trend in the meet, MSU scored second through fourth-place points in the 200 freestyle as Srickler (1:52.24) placed second, Pugh (1:56.59) finished third and Jessica Wellick (2:00.27) hit the wall in fourth.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Brooke Telander, Lacy, Love and Parsons posted a time of 1:45.79 to place second overall. The Spartans also recorded a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of Strickler, Betsy Good, Parsons and Love swam a time of 3:31.44.
The Spartans will be back home next weekend as the women play host to Bowling Green on Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.