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Michigan State Takes Home Tri-Meet Victories

Senior Lauren Baisden led the Spartans to victory with two individual wins at Saturday's tri-meet.

Jan. 20, 2013

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving program picked up three victories on the road as it defeated both Bowling Green and Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 19. The Spartan men posted a win over Buffalo, 161-139, while the women topped Bowling Green, 151-143, and outscored Buffalo, 158-142.

"We had a great meet," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I thought we had a lot of kids swim well, some swam ok and we have a lot of work to do with everybody. We swam really well and were very consistent on the men's side. Jacob (Jarzen) swam like a superstar. Bryan Williams swam great. Jacob Austermann did an incredible job winning the 500 freestyle, I don't know if he's ever won an event in a meet before. The Buffalo men's team are MAC champions, so that was pretty good.

"On the women's side, I thought we did really well. Alison Menzies did fantastic; she dove incredibly. Elizabeth Brown did a great job; the way she swam was awesome. We had some nice relays at the end, so I was really happy. The best part is that we improved off of what we did last week."

The women sparked the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Lauren Baisden, freshman Michelle Garland, senior Jenny Rusch and junior Brooke Telander clocked in at 1:46.99 for runner-up points.

Senior Becca Berman was the top Spartan in the 1,000 freestyle as she placed fourth with a time of 10:28.51. Freshman Chelsea Abbott placed sixth with a time of 10:33.47, while junior KJ Burkland posted a 10:56.85 to finish ninth.

In the 200 freestyle, junior Summer Strickler posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:54.55, while sophomore Hannah Pugh (1:55.47) was close behind in sixth and senior Alexandra Pierce (1:55.97) placed seventh.

Baisden took home a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.48. Garland finished third in the 100 breaststroke, stopping the clock in 1:06.88. Baisden also claimed first-place honors as she swam a time of 2:02.89 to win the 200 backstroke. Pierce placed third in the event with a time of 2:09.55.

Michigan State dominated the 200 butterfly as freshman Elizabeth Brown brought home the win with a time of 2:04.70 and Pugh placed second with a time of 2:06.32. Brown later claimed first-place honors in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 57.07.

Rusch fell just short of a win in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 23.61. Telander also swam a time of 24.60 to place sixth, while freshman Emily Parsons finished seventh with a time of 24.65.

In the 100 freestyle, Rusch and Strickler posted third and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Rusch swam a time of 52.52 and Strickler was less than a second behind, clocking in with a time of 52.57.

Garland posted a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:23.59. Close behind was teammate Marina Borri who clocked in a time of 2:23.85 to finish fourth.

In the 200 individual medley, Pierce (2:08.81) and Baisden (2:08.95) finished third and fourth, respectively.

On the boards, sophomore Alison Menzies won the 1-meter title with a score of 273.82. Junior Cristee Cordes placed fifth with a score of 231.45, while freshman Taylor Mullahy posted a score of 207.37 to finish sixth.

Cordes finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 240.45, while Menzies earned a score of 237.60 to place third.

Closing out the women's relays was the 200 freestyle relay team of Strickler, Rusch, Telander and Parsons who clocked in a time of 1:35.27 to place second.

The men's 200 medley relay saw the Spartans steal second and third-place points away from Bulls. The team of junior Sam Schulze, sophomore Bahadir Senel, senior Jacob Jarzen and freshman Eric Chisholm finished second with a time of 1:32.74, while the team of junior Nick McGowan, freshman Chad Cathey, junior Michael Uggeri and sophomore Rob McGowan posted a time of 1:33.93 to place third.

Junior Jacob Austermann and sophomore David Zoltowski sparked the Spartans in the 1,000 freestyle as Austermann placed second with a time of 9:46.02 and Zoltowski finished third, posting a time of 9:48.22. Austermann later earned a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:38.23. Williams finished a close second with a time of 4:38.27.

Jarzen claimed an individual win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.28. He also took home first-place honors in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 1:46.62. Junior Drew Goins placed third in the event with a time of 1:54.56.

In the 100 breaststroke, junior Nick Roberts posted a time of 58.36 to earn a first-place finish. He later claimed a win in the 200 breaststroke as well with a time of 2:07.19. Freshman Nate Weeks posted a third-place finish in the event with a time of 2:09.78.

Jarzen also won the 100 butterfly, stopping the clock in 48.59. Uggeri finished in fourth place with a time of 51.03.

In the 200 freestyle, MSU gave Buffalo a one-two punch as juniors Bryan Williams (1:41.19) and Pat Falconer (1:41.68) finished first and second, respectively. Williams claimed his second win in the 200 butterfly, blowing away the competition with a time of 1:52.79.

Michigan State posted fourth through fifth-place finishes in the men's 50 freestyle. Senior Josh Geschwendt posted a time of 21.42 for third-place, Chisholm finished fourth with a time of 21.45 and Schulze went 21.65 to place fifth.

Sophomore Kyle Workman brought home a win in the 100 freestyle, posting a time of 46.10. Geschwendt and freshman Jacob Moore were close behind as Geschwendt placed third with a time of 46.53 and Moore clocked in at 47.33 for fourth place.

In the 200 individual medley, freshman Ian Rodriguez stopped the clock in 1:54.02 to take home an individual win. Weeks (1:55.49) and Roberts (1:55.79) were close behind, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

The men closed the victorious night with second and third-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Williams, Geshcwendt, Falconer and Nick McGowan posted a time of 1:23.29 to place second, while the team of Schulze, Chisholm, Rob McGowan and Cathey finished third with a time of 1:24.24.

Freshman Charles Maurer finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 257.25. Teammate Jason Butler earned a score of 194.25 to finish sixth. Maurer also posted a third-place finish on the 1-meter with a score of 256.35, while Butler finished fifth with a score of 215.47.

The Spartans will be back in action as the women host Michigan in a dual meet at home on Friday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. The men will travel to Oakland on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a dual meet scheduled for 2 p.m.



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