MSU Women Lose Hard-Fought Battle to BGSU 144-150
Dominating diving and double wins from Becca Berman unable to secure win for the Spartans.
Jan. 17, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – It came down to the final event as the Michigan State women’s swimming and diving team battled Bowling Green on Friday night at East Lansing High School, but the Spartans fell to the Falcons144-150. Though Becca Berman picked up two individual wins and the Spartans dominated the boards, BGSU took first and third-place points in the 400 freestyle relay to steal the win.
“We had some good swims,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “I’d like to say I’m disappointed, and I am somewhat, but we had some good swims. I thought Shelby (Lacy) swam great. I thought she was really good. I thought Becca (Berman) was outstanding. I thought Shelby and Becca were all-stars tonight. We lost a lot of touch-outs and we weren’t in our own pool, but that’s not really an excuse. Give credit to the divers, they were over there [IM West] on their own. We got off to such a nice start in the first relay; that’s one of our best times we’ve had all season. But our girls need to realize you’ve got to go the full 16 events. You can’t take time off and you’ve got to get to the wall.”
MSU kept up the great start scoring first and second-place points in the 1,000 freestyle led by Becca Berman who won her fourth title in the event this season with a time of 10:20.75. She was followed by Chelsea Abbott in second place with a time of 10:27.67.
With her second-straight win in the 100 breaststroke, Lacy clocked a season-best time of 1:05.06 to take first-place honors. Kennedy Cutler picked up third-place points with a time of 1:07.24.
Elizabeth Brown led the Spartans in the 200 butterfly as she took her third individual win in the event this season with a time of 2:05.59. Picking up third-place points was Hannah Pugh with a time of 2:09.21. Brown later earned a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley, clocking a time of 2:09.75.
Michigan State picked up another individual win as Marina Borri took first place in the 200 breaststroke for the second time this season with a time of 2:21.20. Lacy finished third overall with a time of 2:24.30.
The Spartans dominated the boards, picking up first through third-place points on both the 1-meter and 3-meter. Alison Menzies paced MSU on the 1-meter for her second win of the season with a score of 277.20, followed by Christee Cordes in second (262.30) and Maddie Sewell in third (257.75).
Cordes earned a win on the 3-meter board with a score of 284.60. Sewell came in second place with a score of 281.10, while Menzies rounded out the group with a score of 249.40 for third.
In the 200 freestyle, Summer Strickler picked up second-place points with a time of 1:51.87. She took a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 52.53. MSU scored second through fourth-place points in the 100 butterfly with Love (58.02) finishing second, Brown (58.47) placing third and Marcella Kupraszewicz (58.72) rounding out the group in fourth.
Brooke Telander finished third in the 100 backstroke, clocking a time of 59.76. In the 50 freestyle, Parsons scored third-place points with a time of 24.37. Lauren Kalwasinski picked up fourth-place points in the 200 backstroke as she hit the wall in 2:13.78.
MSU ended the night with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay as the team of Telander, Parsons, Strickler and Love clocked a time of 1:35.56.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, Jan. 18 as the team travels to Eastern Michigan for a tri-meet with Buffalo. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. inside Jones Natatorium.