Jan. 18, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – In the second meet of weekend competition, the Michigan State swimming and diving team fell to Eastern Michigan and Buffalo in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. The women dropped to EMU 193-106 and the Bulls by 122-178, while the men suffered a 91-209 loss to EMU and fell 124-176 to Buffalo.
“We clearly weren’t at our best today,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “It’s pretty obvious. We’ve got to do some things better and it starts with us. We had some good swims. Shelby (Lacy) was solid. Bryan Williams was pretty good. Beyond that, we’ve got to do things better.”
Becca Berman also finished second in the 1,000 freestyle as she clocked a time of 1:22.77. She also placed fourth overall in the 500 freestyle, recording a time of 5:09.97. In the 200 freestyle, Summer Strickler hit the wall in 1:52.68 to place fourth overall.
Lacy paced the Spartans with a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke as she posted a time of 1:04.74. Placing fourth in the event was Kennedy Cutler with a time of 1:07.30.
In the 200 butterfly, Elizabeth Brown picked up a second-place finish with a time of 2:04.39. Hannah Pugh clocked a time of 2:08.40, placing fifth overall. Later, Brown finished fourth overall in the 100 butterfly as she posted a time of 57.77.
Marina Borri finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.41, followed by Lacy with a time of 2:24.49 for a fourth-place finish.
MSU picked up third and fourth place in the 50 freestyle as Strickler clocked a time of 24.70 for third, followed by Parsons in fourth with a time of 24.73. Strickler finished second overall in the 100 freestyle as she hit the wall in 52.40, followed by Parsons with a time of 53.85 for fifth place.
In the 200 individual medley, Brown earned a third-place finish as she posted a time of 2:08.68.
On the boards, Christee Cordes finished fifth overall on the 1-meter with a score of 252.30. With a fifth-place finish on the 3-meter, Alison Menzies earned a score of 242.95.
On the men’s side, the Spartans took third and fourth place in the 200 medley relay as the team of Sam Schulze, Alec Kandt, Kyle Workman and Bryan Williams placed third overall with a time of 1:32.29. Nick McGowan, Ian Rodriguez, Jacob Moore and Eric Chilsom finished fourth in a time of 1:33.66.
Picking up the sole individual win of the day, Williams took first place honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.86. Williams picked up a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle, clocking a time of 1:41.43. In the 100 breaststroke, Kandt finished fourth overall with a time of 58.02.
In the 200 butterfly, Williams turned in a runner-up finish with a time of 1:50.70. Pat Falconer also finished second as he clocked a time of 21.18 in the 50 freestyle, followed by Schulze with a time of 21.43 for fifth place.
Falconer finished third in the 100 freestyle in a time of 46.09, followed by McGowan with a time of 46.51 for fifth place.
Rodriguez (1:54.93) and Nate Weeks (1:55.18) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 individual medley. Jake Austermann finished fourth overall in the 500 freestyle as he recorded a time of 4:40.84.
MSU concluded the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of Falconer, McGowan, Moore and Adam Marsh clocked a time of 3:04.70.
The Spartans will have another busy week ahead as they host Oakland on Thursday at 6 p.m., Jan. 23 followed by a dual meet with Denison on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.