Feb. 8, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team continued road competition on Saturday as the men took their turn at in-state rival, but fell to second-ranked Michigan 172-103 in Ann Arbor. Meanwhile, the women traveled to University of Toledo for back-to-back days of dual meets and suffered a 148-94 loss to the Rockets.
"We had a few bright spots," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Nate Weeks and Nick Roberts did well. It's tough because they are so good and so deep. But those two guys battled hard. Now our focus has to be on the Big Ten meet. We have three weeks to get ready."
The men started off the meet earning second and third-place points in the 200 medley relay. Sam Schulze, Alec Kandt, Kyle Workman and Jacob Moore turned in a runner-up finish with a time of 1:31.88, while the team of Nick McGowan, Ian Rodriguez, Michael Uggeri and Eric Chisholm clocked in at 1:33.67 to place third.
Scoring second through fourth-place points in the 400 individual medley, Nick Roberts led the Spartans with a second-place finish with a time of 4:06.27. He was followed by David Zoltowski (4:11.67) in third and Rodriguez (4:17.07) in fourth.
In the 200 freestyle, MSU finished second, third and fourth led by Jake Austermann (1:42.53) in second, Adam Marsh (1:44.80) placing third and Jon Burke (1:45.02) finishing fourth.
Continuing the trend, the men again placed second through fourth in the 100 backstroke. McGowan clocked a time of 51.39 to finish second, while Uggeri (53.41) and Sam Hiller (53.49), placed third and fourth, respectively.
In the 200 butterfly, Nate Weeks paced the Spartans with a second-place finish with a time of 1:51.35. He was followed by Drew Goins (1:57.29) in third and Zoltowski in fourth with a season-best time of 1:59.09.
Brennan Labar and Charlie Mauer competed on the boards for MSU on Friday evening with the Spartan women. Labar posted a career-high score of 305.85 on the 3-meter to place fourth, while turning in a runner-up finish on the 1-meter with a score of 322.43. Maurer placed fifth on the 1-meter (269.03) and the 3-meter (271.20).
The Spartans again picked up second through fourth-place points in the 200 backstroke, led by Hiller (1:52.79) in second, Goins (1:58.05) placing third and Adam Henley (2:02.71) rounding out MSU in fourth.
In the 100 freestyle, McGowan turned in a season-best time of 45.90 to place third overall, while Falconer finished fourth with a time of 46.97. Also finishing in third and fourth in the 200 breaststroke was Roberts and Kandt. With a season-best time of 2:04.78, Roberts finished in third place while Kandt picked up fourth-place points with a time of 2:07.06.
Falconer (21.33) and Moore (21.37) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 50 freestyle. In the 100 breaststroke, Kandt (57.41) turned in a fourth-place finish, while Roberts clocked a season-best time of 58.02 to place fifth. Weeks picked up a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.41, while Moore placed fourth with a time of 50.43.
To close out the meet, the 200 freestyle relay team of Kandt, Ben Martin, Austermann and Uggeri placed second overall with a time of 1:28.09.
Meanwhile, the women competed in their second meet in as many days and their last meet of the regular season at the University of Toledo.
“We were unfortunate to lose, but it’s taper time so we are taking care of getting stuff ready for individual swims at Big Tens,” said assistant coach Kathleen Milloy. “Shelby Lacy did great winning the 100 breaststroke and Madeline Sewell, a freshman, won the 3-meter board with a lifetime best. The seniors had a good day and it was a good team trip.”
The Spartans had a standout day on the boards, winning both events. Cristee Cordes posted an individual win on the 1-meter board with a score of 272.10, while Maddie Sewell won the 3-meter with a score of 312.23. Cordes (263.48) also finished third on the 3-meter, while Sewell.
The women's 200 medley relay team scored second-place points as the team of Brooke Telander, Lacy, Sarah Love and Summer Strickler clocked a time of 1:47.21 for a runner-up finish. Emily Parsons, Betsy Good, Taylor Folkertsma and Marcella Kupraszewicz also earned second-place in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:34.45.
Strickler went on to earn two additional runner-up finishes. She placed second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.40, while Hannah Pugh swam a time of 1:57.06 to finish third. Strickler also scored second-place points in the 100 freestyle, clocked a time of 53.25. Finishing fourth and fifth in the event, respectively, was Good (53.93) and Folkerstma (54.77).
Also picked up a runner up finish was Emily Parsons in the 50 freestyle as she posted a time of 24.46. In the 200 individual medley, Elizabeth Brown earned herself a second-place finish with a time of 2:09.71. She was followed by Jessica Cutler (2:11.43) in fourth and Kennedy Cutler (2:12.48) in fifth place.
Scoring second through fourth-place points in the 100 butterfly, Love led the Spartans with a runner-up time of 58.16. She was followed by Kupraszewicz (58.21) and Brown (58.72), who finished third and fourth, respectively.
In the 1,000 freestyle, Becca Berman captured third-place with a time of 10:35.74, before Push scored third-place points in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:10.12. Telander (1:01.60) placed fourth overall in the 100 backstroke, while Nicole Huffman (1:03.25) finished fifth.
Both the men and women will now turn their focus on the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The Spartans women will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the conference meet on Feb. 19 through the 22. A week later, the men will make a return trip to Ann Arbor for the men's conference meet schedule for Feb. 26 through March 1.