Feb. 19, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Led by a record-breaking 800 freestyle relay, the Michigan State women’s swimming and diving team kicked off day one at the 2014 Big Ten Championships on Wednesday night. After two events, the Spartans are tied for 11th place with 24 points.
“We had a good night,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We had a good 800 freestyle relay breaking the school record. I’m really proud of Jessica Wellick. So we’re off to a good start. I thought we could be a little bit faster in the 200 medley relay; that was a little disappointing for us. Outside of that, everything was good.”
Moving into the MSU record books, the Spartans 800 freestyle relay team of Summer Strickler, Hannah Pugh, Taylor Folkerstma and Jessica Wellick set a new school record with a time of 7:24.30 to place 12th.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 20 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn., with prelims set for 11 a.m. ET and finals to be held at 6:30 p.m. The events scheduled for tomorrow (in order) include the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving and the 200 freestyle relay.