Jan. 15, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team hit the road for dual meet with Notre Dame Friday night and the Spartans came away victorious by a score of 179-121.
"We competed tonight as well as I've ever seen," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We were really focused tonight and I hope it continues through the Big Ten Championships. The guys were focused entire trip and it certainly paid off."
MSU got a great performance from senior diver Ivan Zalessov who won both the three meter and one-meter competitions. Zalessov scored a 335.32 on the three-meter board and a 328.27 on the one-meter board - taking first place by over 23 points.
In the pool, fellow senior Jon LaRocque also had a big meet for the Green and White. LaRocque began the evening as part of the Spartans' 200 medley relay team, along with kevin Puskaric, Jacob Jarzen and Matt Massman, which took first place with a 1:31.52. Two events later, the Bay City-native won the 100 backstroke with a 49.89 and the 100 butterfly with a 50.65.
"Jon really wanted it tonight," Gianiodis said. "He only has a few meets left in is career and knows what he has to do to get to the NCAAs. Ivan, of course, also had a great night. His last dives in each competition were both terrific."
The Spartans continued their dominance early in the meet as they took at least the top two spots in two more events. Ricky Forrest (15:57.50) and Colby Ward (16:02.38) finished first and second in the 1650 freestyle, while in the 100 breaststroke, Puskaric (56.52), Joe Schmitt (57.79), Jason Lintjer (58.77) and Cam Bartlett (58.86) swept the top four spots.
Schmitt and Puskaric each picked up another first-place finish as Schmitt won the 100 free with a 46.70 while Puskaric took the 200 breaststroke with a 2:02.16.
The Spartan men will return to action on Jan. 30 against Oakland at 2 p.m. in East Lansing.