Women Stand in 12th Place After Day 2 of Big Tens
 
 
 
Senior Sarah Clay took seventh place in the one-meter board, posting a score of 294.95 points.
 
Senior Sarah Clay took seventh place in the one-meter board, posting a score of 294.95 points.
 
 

Feb. 16, 2012

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team finished out Day 2 of the Big Ten Championships with some top performances from the upperclassmen, breaking two school records and placing in the top eight on the diving boards. The Spartans ended the day in 12th place with a combined 40 points.

Jenny Rusch led the team in the swimming events, qualifying for the 50-yard freestyle finals. In the evening finals, the junior placed 24th overall with a time of 23.56.

After the team disqualified in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Spartans bounced back during a time trial race, breaking the varsity school record set back in 2004. The squad of Rusch, Brooke Telander, Samantha Hilk and Morgan Piasecki clocked in with a time of 1:32.00. In the same time trial race, Rusch opened up the relay with a record-breaking 23.03 split. The previous 50 free varsity record was set back in 2005.

"I'm really proud of the girls," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "They showed some real toughness after the disqualification in the relay and bounced back to break a school record. It was a great swim. And even though it didn't count toward our team total, it's still a countable win in terms of NCAA qualifying marks and records."

The Spartans also saw success on the one-meter diving board with the duo of Sarah Clay and Jordan Jackson. Both seniors qualified earlier in the day for the evening's final round, with Clay taking seventh place, tallying 294.95 points and Jackson in 13th with 284.65 points.

Day three of the four-day championships continue on Friday morning with preliminaries at 11 a.m. CT. All of the events can be followed throughout the day here with live stats.