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Day 1: Spartan Men Break School Record

Sophomore Bryan Williams helped lead his team to a school-record finish in the 800 Freestyle Relay.

Feb. 22, 2012

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team stands in tenth place after the first day of competition at the Big Ten Championships on the University of Iowa campus. The Spartans broke the varsity school record in the 800 Freestyle Relay with a time of 6:27.14 to take sixth place and giving them a total of 26 points on the day.

Day one consisted of two events, the 200 Medley and 800 Freestyle Relay. In the medley, MSU was off to a strong start and on track to post another record-breaking time but were disqualified in the last leg. Anchor leg, Bryan Williams was called for taking off .01 seconds early from the blocks.

However, Williams bounced back in the 800 freestyle relay. The sophomore was the lead-off leg and with the team of Jacob Jarzen, Pat Falconer, and Mark Schramm were able to drop over ten seconds from their season-best time and break the school record. The previous school record was posted just two years ago.

"I was really proud of the way Bryan responded," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "To DQ in the first race and then bounce back and help lead the team in the next, says a lot about his character. We had some great swims today and the guys are performing really well."

The Spartans are back in action on day two of the championships with preliminaries beginning at noon. The four-day event will commence on Saturday, Feb. 25 and all of the races can be followed live at this link.



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