WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - Michigan State women's swimming & diving found themselves with a program record on the second day of competition at the Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette on Thursday, Feb. 16.
"Overall I thought we had some pretty good swims, and I thought we had a pretty good day," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Racheal put on a great performance, and I'm really happy for her too. She got right out of the 50 free and anchored our medley relay which was a school record by almost two seconds so I'm extremely happy about that."
Junior Racheal Bukowski led the effort, being the lone Spartan to make the top-eight and compete in the finals. In the 50-yard free, Bukowski swam a time of 22.54 and finished eighth to advance to the finals. In the finals, Bukowski raced to a seventh-place finish with a time of 22.51, a hundredth of a second from the school record she set earlier this season.
MSU's biggest success came at the end of the evening in the final event, the 400-yard medley relay, as the Spartans garnered their first school record of the weekend at the B1G Championships. Sophomore Cathryn Armstrong led off for MSU, seniors Kennedy Cutler and Sarah Love were the second and third swimmers of the relay and Bukowski rounded it out to finish with a time of 3:41.27 and a 12th-place finish.
Senior Madeline Sewell and freshman Rosalie Yockey added to the Spartans' success on day two with finishes in the C-Finals of the one-meter dive. Sewell nabbed 22nd with a final score of 252.65, while Surdyk finished 24th on a score of 252.00.
Earlier in the day, MSU had athletes compete in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Haley Kornburger led the Spartan pack in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:56.76, while freshman Rosalie Yockey finished right behind Kornburger with a time of 4:57.20.
"We had impressive 500-yard swimmers in the prelims too," said Gianiodis. "Rosalie was really good and Haley did a nice job, too. Now it's time to turn around and do it all again tomorrow, and we will see how well we can do."
Day three picks back up with prelims in the morning, starting at 11 a.m., beginning with the 100-yard butterfly. Diving will continue at 1 p.m. and then the finals of day three will commence at 6:30 p.m.