Feb. 4, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State mens swimming and diving team closed out their regular dual season against in-state rival Michigan on Saturday afternoon inside Canham Natatorium. The Spartans fell to the fourth-ranked Wolverines as they dominated with a 226.5 53.5 score.
Junior Jacob Jarzen was the top individual performer for the Spartans, picking up a pair of second-place finishes in the 100-and-200 butterfly. In the 100 fly, Jarzen clocked in at 49.24 and followed that up with a 1:54.93 in the 200.
In the 200 free, sophomore Jake Austermann posted a second-place finish with a personal-best time of 1:43.66.
Sophomore Pat Falconer took third-place after improving his personal-best time by over ten seconds, with a time of 4:38.60.
In the second-to-last event, freshman Hunter Bartlett notched a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:10.89.
On the relay side, the Spartans took third in the two events. In the 200 medley, Sam Schulze, Jason Lintjer, Jarzen and Williams finished in a time of 1:32.01. Closing out the meet was Williams, Nick Grider, Nick McGowan and Josh Geschwendt in the 200 free relay at 1:24.40.
We have a lot of things to work and improve upon before the championships, said head coach Matt Gianiodis. The kids know that, and well get back in the pool and get to work right away to prepare over the next few weeks.
The Spartans now take a two-and-a-half week hiatus from competition as they prepare for the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City at the end of February. The four-day meet begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and concludes Saturday, Feb. 25.