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Spartan Women Fall in Final Home Meet of the Season to OSU

Junior Jenny Rusch won both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events Friday evening.

Jan. 20, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team closed out their home season against Ohio State on Friday evening. The Spartans picked up three individual titles in the swimming races and one on the diving board, but fell to the Buckeyes on senior night with a score of 144-98.

Jenny Rusch led the team with two first-place finishes. The junior took first in the 50-yard freestyle and narrowly edged out the competition at the wall with a time of 23.88. The Spartans went one-two in the 100-yard freestyle as Rusch picked up her second individual title of the night in a time of 52.59. Sophomore Summer Strickler followed just behind in second clocking in at 53.05.

Senior Kerry Sodonis finished off her final meet at home in style, taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.42.

MSU opened up the night with a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Samantha Hilk, Sodonis, Alexandra Pierce and Jenny Rusch clocked in with a time of 3:51.43.

In the 1000-yard freestyle, the Spartans finished three, four, and five with Becca Berman (10:24.11), Whitney Woodbridge (10:28.42) and KJ Burkland (10:42.78) respectively.

Pierce finished in third place in the 200-yard IM, clocking in at 2:07.75.

In the seventh event of the evening, sophomore Jessica Wellick took second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:10.32). Becca Berman and Jessica Cutler followed in fourth (2:11.80) and fifth (2:13.75) respectively.

Lauren Baisden led the way for the Spartans in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in third in a time of 2:07.44. Hilk was a second behind in fourth, clocking in at 2:08.21.

Hannah Pugh was the top finisher for the Green and White in the 500-yard freestyle, coming in at third place with a time of 5:04.36.

The Spartans closed out the meet with a second and third place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Strickler, Pierce, Kristen O'Connor and Taylor Folkertsma took second in 3:34.09 and Hilk, Laura Leslie, Brooke Telander and Page Koshtishak followed in third with a time of 3:39.85.

MSU continued to see success on the board as Sarah Clay picked up her sixth win on the 3-meter board this season. The senior posted a personal season-best score of 343.80, finishing over 28 points ahead of teammate Jordan Jackson, who took second with a 315.75.

On the one-meter board, the Jackson and Clay duo finished two, three in a much tighter finish. Jackson missed the top spot by a mere two points, with a score of 292.34 and marking a personal season best. Clay followed just behind in third with a 290.40.

The Spartans turn around in less than 24 hours to head to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish. Both the men's and women's team begin action at 2 p.m. at Rolfs Aquatic Center.



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