Feb. 7, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the first of two meets in as many days, the Michigan State women's swimming and diving team traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., take on Michigan on Friday night. Summer Strickler and Alison Menzies picked up individual wins for Michigan State, but couldn't earn MSU the win as the women dropped a 107-164 decision to the Wolverines.
"I thought we did some good things. Summer had a great meet and has been our leader all year long. So did Hannah Pugh and Marina Borri. We had some things that were exciting. We've got to keep our eyes down the road a little bit with Big Tens coming up, but I thought we were alright. We mixed some things up today, and we're going to do the same tomorrow at Toledo with the intention of setting ourselves up for success in a couple of weeks."
The Spartans broke out on the night in the 100 freestyle led by Summer Strickler, who earned an individual win by hitting the wall in 51.65. She was followed by Emily Parsons in second place with a time of 54.13, while Taylor Folkerstma finished third with a time of 54.80.
On the boards, Alison Menzies scored first-place points on the 3-meter with a career-high score of 322.50. Teammate Cristee Cordes finished third for the Spartans, posting a score of 316.35. Menzies also finished in second place on the 1-meter with a score of 283.80, while Cordes placed fourth with a score of 265.73.
"The divers did great today," said assistant coach Eric Best. "We have been doing a lot of preparation for Big Tens and it showed at this meet. We have also had a lot of help from Andy Driska, our sports psychologist."
Turning in a runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke was Nicole Huffman who posted a time of 2:13.63. Claire Pilarski placed third in the event with a time of 2:13.63, while Lauren Kalwasinski clocked a time of 2:19.29 to finish fourth.
Michigan State also went on a run in the 400 individual medley, as Pugh picked up second-place points with a time of 4:31.33. She was followed by Brown in third place with a time of 4:32.90, while Chelsea Abbott finished fourth with a time of 4:33.84.
In the 200 butterfly, Michigan State scored second through fourth-place points. Hannah Pugh picked up a runner-up finish with a time of 2:06.55, followed by Sarah Love in third with a time of 2:11.09, while Jessica Wellick posted a time of 2:14.26 to finish fourth.
MSU was also able to pick up valuable points in the 50 freestyle, placing second, third and fourth in the event. Strickler clocked a time of 23.87 for second, Emily Parsons placed third with a time of 24.38, while Brooke Telander in fourth with a time of 24.72.
In the Spartan relays, Michigan State finished second and fourth in the 200 freestyle relay. Strickler, Folkertsma, Parsons and Love finished second with a time of 1:36.82, while Good, Lacy, Marcella Kupraszewicz and Wellick posted a time of 1:39.59 to place fourth.
MSU finished third in the 200 medley as the team of Telander, Shelby Lacy, Love and Strickler clocked a time of 1:46.22 to score points for MSU.
Kupraszewicz finished third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.51, followed by Betsy Good in fourth with a time of 1:00.16. Lacy also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 1:05.49.
The MSU women will be back in action tomorrow at the University of Toledo for a dual-meet at 1 p.m., while the Spartan men will have their turn at the Wolverines at 12 p.m. in Ann Arbor.