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Swimming and Diving Takes Final Home Dual
Senior Joe Schmitt
Senior Joe Schmitt

Feb. 5, 2010


Matt Gianiodis Podcast

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams each defeated St. Bonaventure on Friday (Feb. 5) in what was the final home meet of the season for the Spartans. The men's team won, 124-111, while the women's team won, 138-89.

"I thought our effort was good today, we swam some people in some off events," said Michigan State head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I thought we held our focus really well, even in the events after our senior ceremony."

Near the end of Friday's meet, the Spartans honored the 17 seniors who made their final appearance at McCaffree Pool, including: Sarah Biasello, Laura DeFord, Nicki Golen, Cassie Hamilton, Kayla Kalmbach, Sasha Lewerenz, Mara Loniewski, Emma Schaefer, Kara Wackerle, Erinn Wertz, David Garry, Sho Koba, Jon Larocque, Matt Massman, Garrett Ruhland, Joe Schmitt and Gabe Strickler.

"It was really nice to honor all of the seniors today," said Gianiodis. "I'm really happy for them."

The Spartans dominated from the outset as the men's and women's teams combined to win 11 of the meet's first 12 events. Michigan State swept eight consecutive events before the diving break, winning the 1,000 freestyle with Rachael Wilson (10:31.27) and Jacob Jarzen (9:33.01), the 200 free with Loniewski (1:55.26) and Schmitt (1:42.14), the 50 free with Wertz (24.29) and Strickler (21.97), and the 200 IM with Schaefer (2:10.11) and Mark Schramm (1:56.52).



MSU continued its strong performance in the second half of the meet and capped it off with a pool-record 200 men's free relay. The senior group of Ruhland, Schmitt, Massman and LaRocque established the new mark with a time of 1:23.14.

"We've been talking about the opportunity to break that record all week," said Gianiodis. "Michigan broke it last year with four really good swimmers and we put four seniors in there today and they did a great job The Spartan divers also performed well as Sarah Clay and Ivan Zalessov each swept the one and three-meter competitions. Clay scored a 332.55 on the three-meter, followed by Kalmbach with a 304.20 and Brooke Sauchak with a 248.62. Clay's 290.17 was tops on the one-meter, followed by Ashley Borgman's 277.87 and Kalmbach with a 272.87. Borgman's score qualified her for NCAA Zones.

Zalessov registered a 316.87 on the one-meter and a 368.40 on the three-meter board while Garry followed with a 296.25 and 351.15 on the same boards, respectively.

The Spartan men's team will return to action tomorrow at Michigan for a noon meet with the Wolverines. The women's team will be in action next at the Big Ten Championships which begin on Feb. 17 in West Lafayette, Ind.


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