Swimming & Diving
Women's Swimming Posts New School Records At Big Ten Championships
Feb. 19, 2003
WET LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State women's swimming team posted a new school record in the 200-medley relay during the first day of competition at the 2003 Women's Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Spartans currently stand in 10th-place, but they are just eight points behind the eighth-place team of Illinois. Michigan State has accumulated 34 points after day one - eight points higher than after its opening day score one year ago.
"We had an awesome night. I am really excited about how things are going," MSU head coach Jim Lutz stated. "We are right in the thick of things and I am extremely pleased with where we are at right now."
The 200-medley relay quartet of Kate Duncombe (Erie, Pa.), Crissy Spaulding (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Tammy Jones (Conyers, Ga.) and Rachael Hagerman (Goodland, Kan.) finished in a time of 1:44.37, besting the old school record (1:45.04 - 1997) by nearly a full second. The time was good enough to place the Spartans in eighth after the first event.
Michigan State finished the 800-freestyle relay in 7:33.20 - a mere .020 off of the school record, which was set in 1986. The relay team, consisting of Jones, Lindsey Rodin (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Deb O'Neil (Chalfont, Pa.) and Tesla Hughes (Taft, Tenn.), finished in tenth.
Jones' led off the relay with a school-record setting time of 1:50.04 in the first 200. She bested the previous mark of 1:50.31, which was set in 1997 by Shannon Elliott.
The women continue tomorrow at the Big Ten Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The preliminary round begins at 11 a.m., while the finals are slated to start at 7 p.m.
Big Ten Standings After Day One 1. Penn State 70 Wisconsin 70 3. Michigan 64 4. Indiana 62 Purdue 62 6. Minnesota 52 7. Northwestern 48 8. Illinois 40 9. Iowa 36 10. MICHIGAN STATE 32 11. Ohio State 24
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