Jan. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team fell short to Purdue on Saturday afternoon in a co-ed dual meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Spartans were swept by the Boilermakers with the men falling 180.5-107.5 and the women coming up short with a score of 176-124.
"It was a good way to get started coming off the training break when we haven't raced in a while," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We swam pretty well. Of course I wish we could have scored a few more points, but I feel pretty good about it."
Jarzen paced the men throughout the afternoon, picking up three individual first-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (49.90), 200-yard backstroke (1:49.07) and the 100-yard butterfly (49.59). The sophomore also helped the Spartans to a third-place in the finish of the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:33.54 along with Nick McGowan, Cameron Bartlett, and Bryan Williams.
Sophomore Pat Falconer also captured an individual crown in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking in with a new personal-best time of 1:40.94. And in the 200 fly, Bryan Williams took first with a time of 1:50.39.
On the women's side, Jenny Rusch was a top performer picking up a first-place finish and posting a personal best in the 100-yard freestyle at 51.82. The junior also placed second in the 50 free finishing just a few tenths off first-place with a time of 23.67. Rusch also helped the team take second place in the 200-yard medley relay with Lauren Daughtery, Kerry Sodonis and Morgan Piasecki (1:47.12) and 200-freestyle relay with the team of Daugherty, Piasecki and Samantha Hilk (1:36.31).
Junior Alexandra Pierce rounded out the women's first-place swimming performances with a top time of 2:07.15 in the 200 fly.
Senior Sarah Clay continued to shine on the diving boards as she swept both events. On the one-meter board, Clay posted a score of 279.30 and narrowly edged out a teammate in the three-meter event with a 304.35 to finish first. Senior Jordan Jackson followed just behind Clay on the three-meter board in second place with a 301.43.
The Spartans will continue the thick of their season next Friday, January 20 as the women host Ohio State on senior night at McCaffree Pool at IM West. Action is slated to begin at 5 p.m.