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MSU Women's Swimming Drops Meets To Notre Dame, Ohio State

Jan. 30, 2004

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State women's swimming and diving team dropped meets to Notre Dame and Ohio State Friday night at the Charles McCaffree Pool at the IM West Building in East Lansing. The Fighting Irish topped the Spartans, 160-138 while the Buckeyes won narrowly against the Spartans, 152-147. Notre Dame defeated Ohio State, 194-105.

Despite the losses, MSU's 200 free relay team set a pool record with their time of 1:34.93. The previous record stood at 1:35.54 and was set in 2000 by Penn State's relay squad.

Sophomore Courtney Ellabarger led the Spartans with her victory in the 100 breaststroke. Ellabarger turned in a time of 1:05.15 in the event. In the 200 breaststroke, the sophomore finished second with a time of 2:22.14.

In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Katrina Kniff took second place (23.99) while freshman Eve Brusie continued her impressive season with a time of 24.02. Kniff's mark is a season-best and just .03 seconds off Brusie's team-best mark this season.

The 100 freestyle saw Tammy Jones finish second with a time of 52.10 while Brusie took fourth (53.29).

The Michigan State 200 medley relay teams went one-two in the event as Rachael Hagerman, Katie Edwards, Jones and Brusie turned in a time of 1:47.60 while Carly Zenk, Erika Templeton, Megan Reponen and Alicia Copestick touched out in 1:48.09.

Tesla Hughes posted a second-place performance in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:17.70 and posted a third place finish with a season best time of 5:03.43 in the 500 freestyle. MSU's Tammy Jones turned in a top three finish with her time of 1:53.93, good for third place in the 200 free. In the 100 backstroke, freshman Carly Zenk also turned in a third place performance with a time of 59.18, a career-best time. Despite finishing out of the scoring positions, Zenk turned in another season-best with a time of 2:13.60 in the 200 backstroke.



Setting season bests, Marsena Vranesic swam the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:57.57 while freshman Lauren Bogenberger swam the 1,000 freestyle in 11:06.35. Sophomore Erika Templeton also swam a season best with her time of 1:06.88 in the 100 breaststroke. Vranesic continued on a season-best performance with a time of 53.65.

Crissy Spaulding and Lindsay Rodin turned in season-best performances in the 500 freestyle with times of 5:08.47 and 5:11.95, respectively. In the 100 fly, Megan Reponen and Amber Schroeder also turned in season-best performances with times of 58.00 and 58.02, respectively.

The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams close their home season Saturday (Jan. 31) at the Charles McCaffree Pool. Meet time is set for 1 p.m.

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