Feb. 21, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Senior Jenny Rusch set a school record in the 50 freestyle at her last Big Ten Championship meet on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Minneapolis, Minn. She and the Spartans improved to 11th place with 34 points at the meet held in the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
“We had a really good day,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “Maybe not reflected in the scoring, but we set two records in the 200 free relay. Jenny (Rusch) set a varsity record and our time set the record, too. Our girls are doing the best they can and we have had some really good performances. The meet is really deep and tough, but we’re hanging in there.”
With her lead-off time of 23.03, Rusch set a school record and career-best in the 50 freestyle. With the team of junior Brooke Telander, freshman Emily Parsons and junior Summer Strickler, the Spartans set a new school record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.93.
Thursdays prelims saw more career-best performances from Michigan State, beginning with sophomore Becca Berman stopping the clock with a career-best time of 4:58.84 in the 500 freestyle. Freshman Chelsea Abbott also swam her season-best time of 4:59.93, while freshman Kelsey Buese shaved four seconds off her time to post a season-best 5:02.31. Rounding out the Spartans was junior Jessica Wellick, posting a time of 5:12.25.
In the prelims of the 200 individual medley, freshman Michelle Garland finished as the top Spartan with a season-best time of 2:03.29. Posting another career-best time was senior Lauren Baisden, stopping the clock in 2:06.20. Senior Alexandra Pierce posted a time of 2:06.28, while freshman Elizabeth Brown swam a time of 2:07.88. Recording a season-best time, junior Jessica Cutler clocked a 2:09.98. Swimming in her first 200 individual medley of the season, sophomore Shelby Lacy posted a time of 2:12.41.
Barely missing the finals in the 50 freestyle, Rusch finished with a top-30 time of 23.22. Strickler posted her career-best in the event, stopping the clock in 23.35. With another season-best time, Parsons posted a 23.42. Telander broke her career-best with a time of 23.79, while sophomore Taylor Folkertsma finished with a new season-best time of 24.15. Rounding out the Spartans in the event was junior Lauren Daugherty (24.36), freshman Betsy Good (24.47), sophomore Kelly Delorme (24.88), freshman Nicole Huffman (25.29) and junior Marcella Kupraszewicz (25.52).
The Spartan will enter their third day of competition tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT with the prelims of the 400 individual medley, 100 and 200 freestlye, 100 butterfly and breasktroke before the finals host the 400 medley relay at 6:30 p.m. CT.