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Spartans Fall in Co-ed Dual to Notre Dame

Sophomore Bryan Williams picked up two individual wins and swam the lead-off leg of the Spartans' 400 free first-place relay finish.

Jan. 21, 2012

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team took on Notre Dame in a co-ed dual Saturday afternoon at Rolfs Aquatic Center. The women's team was coming off their final home meet of the season from the previous night and had less than 24 hours to prepare for the dual. They fell to the Fighting Irish, 218-82. The men's team picked up five individual titles and one relay but couldn't quite hold on and also dropped the dual to Notre Dame in a tighter race, 174-121.

On the men's side, the Spartans were led by Jacob Jarzen who picked up three individual titles. Jarzen recorded the team's first win of the day in the 100-yard backstroke swimming in a time of 49.85. The junior then followed up with a victory in the 200 back (1:48.84) and rounded out his performance by leading a trio of Spartans in the 200 IM (1:52.72). Sophomore Nick Roberts and senior Mark Schramm followed Jarzen in the 200 IM in second (1:56.98) and third (1:58.23), respectively.

"I thought Jake (Jarzen) swam really well and had a couple of nice backstroke races," said head coach Matt Gianiodis.

Bryan Williams was also a standout for the squad, leading the way in the 100 and 200 fly, swimming to a first-place finish in both. Williams posted a 49.30 in the 100 and 1:50.11 in the 200.

In the 200 free, Pat Falconer finished in second with a time of 1:41.07 and Nick Roberts also took second in the 200 breast (2:06.58).

For the women, the Spartans were coming off senior night having swam in a dual against Ohio State less than 24 hours ago. The team didn't fare as well as the men and finished no higher than second on the day.

"From an emotional standpoint we weren't ready and it was tough for the women coming off of senior night last night," said Gianiodis.

MSU picked up a handful of second-place finishes throughout the contest. Freshman Becca Berman took second in the 1000 free, clocking in at 10:25.17.

Junior Jenny Rusch followed up her top performance from the previous night with a pair of second-place times as well in the 50 free (23.97) and 100 free (52.46).

In the 500-yard freestyle, Hannah Pugh took second in a time of 5:04.65 and Alexandra Pierce clocked in at 2:08.97 for a second-place spot in the 200 IM.

Both Spartan teams capped off the meet with strong finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The women placed second with the team of Rusch, Summer Strickler, Stephanie Seibert and Morgan Piasecki posting a 3:34.06.

The men picked up the win in the same event as the quartet of Williams, Nick McGowan, Samuel Schulze and Rob McGowan finished in 3:04.21.

On the boards, Jordan Jackson took second in the women's 1-meter competition with a score of 287.76. Senior Sarah Clay finished in fourth with a 285.15 and freshman Alison Menzies followed in fifth after posting an NCAA Qualifying score of 261.15. Clay also finished in third in the 3-meter event with a 307.73, followed by Ashley Borgman in fourth (298.88), and Jordan Jackson in fifth (288.23).

Brian Akers took fifth for the men's team in the 1-meter competition posting a 248.48.

The Spartan women's team returns to the water on Friday, Jan. 27 to take on in-state rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. The men's team will take a two-week break from competition and face-off against the Wolverines on Saturday, Feb. 4, also in Ann Arbor.



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