Jan. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a quick turnaround, the Michigan State women's swimming and diving team fell to Purdue on Saturday at McCaffree pool in IM West, less than 16 hours after their competition with Toledo. Though the women fought hard, MSU concluded the meet with a final team score of 124, while Purdue ended with a team score of 165.
"I think maybe we are a little tired coming off of last night," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I think some girls really seized the opportunity today and made a statement, while other girls weren't physically ready or were just very fatigued. We just didn't have a lot of legs with us today. Purdue is a good team and they swam really well. I give them all the credit in the world. I thought we could've made some races a little tougher on them. We did have some good races, we just need to get a little tougher."
The Spartan's 200 medley relay lost a hard-fought to Purdue, coming in second. The team of senior Lauren Baisden, freshman Michelle Garland, senior Jenny Rusch and junior Brooke Telander stopped the clock in 1:47.09.
Junior Summer Strickler posted a time of 1:56.26 in the 200 freestyle to finish fourth. She was followed by teammate Alexandra Pierce (1:57.22) in fourth and sophomore Taylor Folkerstma (1:58.45) placing fifth.
In the 1,000 freestyle, senior Becca Berman placed fourth with a time of 10:28.14, freshman Chelsea Abbott clocked a time of 10:34.54 to place fifth and freshman Kelsey Buese finished sixth with a time of 10:43.70.
Baisden fell just short of a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 58.30. She went on to win the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.18. Teammates Nicole Huffman (2:12.37) and sophomore Kelly Delorme (2:14.12) earned third and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
MSU held on for the 50 freestyle, but Rusch came up just shy of first-place, posting a time of 23.73 to finish second. Garland finished third in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.01 with sophomore Shelby Lacy seconds behind 2:36.22.
Freshman Jessika Hall had a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly, stopping the clock in 59.51. In third-place was teammate Marcella Kupraszewicz with a time of 59.92, while freshman Elizabeth Good finished fourth, clocking in at 59.94.
In the 500 freestyle, Berman raced her heart out and finished third with a time of 5:09.39. Buese was close behind, clocking in at 5:15.51 for fourth, followed by junior Jessica Wellick in fifth with a time of 5:26.68.
The Spartans earned second, third and fourth-place points in the 400 individual medley as sophomore Hannah Pugh fought for a runner-up finish with a time of 4:34.21. Abbott stopped the clock in 4:36.97 for third and Pierce placed fourth with a time of 4:38.53.
Michigan State concluded the meet with the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Rusch, Strickler, Folkerstma and freshman Emily Parsons finishing second with a time of 3:35.73.
On the boards, sophomore Alison Menzies won her seventh-straight 3-meter competition with a score of 279.45. She also claimed first-place honors with a score of 253.35 in the 1-meter.
"It was really nice to see Alison win the 3-meter against Purdue," said diving coach Eric Best. "Purdue is perennially the best diving team in the Big Ten. They are always very good, so it was nice for her to get that win."
The Michigan State women will rejoin the men as they travel to Bowling Green next Saturday, Jan. 19.