Feb. 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Highlighted by numerous career-best performances, the Spartan women picked up momentum on the second day of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. In the evening session, sophomore Elizabeth Brown swam an NCAA provisional time with a career-best 2:02.56 in the 200 individual medley, and junior diver Alison Menzies placed ninth overall on the 1-meter board.
"I thought we did really well today," said MSU head swimming and diving coach Matt Gianiodis. "Elizabeth Brown made the NCAA provisional cut with an outstanding performance in the 200 IM, and we nearly broke a couple of school records in the relays.
"Alison also was really clutch tonight. It was really a great effort by her. She was coached well by (diving coach) Eric (Best) and it showed.
"We have a big day tomorrow and we're really looking forward to see what we can do."
Brown clocked a career-best time of 2:02.67 in the prelims of the 200 IM and improved on her time in the evening with an NCAA provisional time of 2:02.56. It also marked the second-fastest time in school history (record: 2:02.44). Brown finished 19th overall in the event.
Menzies qualified for the 1-meter finals with a season-high score of 280.30. She finished ninth overall and won the consolation final with a total score of 308.95.
In the prelims of the 500 freestyle, Becca Berman clocked a career-best time of 4:58.23 for 49th overall. Close behind was Hannah Pugh in 50th, who posted a season-best time of 4:58.23. Rounding out the Spartans was Chelsea Abbott who also swam a season-best time of 5:00.23 for 52nd place, while Jessica Wellick finished 54th with a career-best time of 5:01.04.
MSU continued the trend in the 50 freestyle, as several Spartans swam personal-best times. Emily Parsons broke her personal record, posting a 23.41 for 41st place, while Shelby Lacy hit her career-best time of 23.76 to finish 57th overall. Close behind was Brooke Telander who tied for 58th with a season-best time of 23.78. Rounding out the Spartans in the event was Sarah Love (23.86, 65th), Taylor Folkerstma (23.98, 69th), Betsy Good (24.27, 81st), Marcella Kupraszewicz (24.47, 85th), Claire Pilarski (24.81, 90th), Lauren Kalwasinski (24.87, 91st) and Nicole Huffman (25.50, 94th).
Through seven completed events in the first two days of competition, Michigan State stands in 10th place overall with 47 points.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn., with prelims set for 12 p.m. ET and finals to be held at 7:30 p.m. ET The events scheduled for tomorrow (in order) include the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving and the 400 medley relay.