Woods Anchors the Spartans on Day Two of B1G Championships
Payton Woods broke a 27-year old school record.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two school records were broken on the second day of the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships, Feb. 23. Michigan State was paced by freshman Payton Woods who broke an individual school record and contributed to a relay team record, while a handful of other Spartans nabbed points for the team.
Woods broke a 27-year old school record in the 50-free racing to a final time of 19.83. The previous 50-free record was set by Mark Lisenby in 1990 when he finished with a time of 20.17.
“We had a much better day today, we did really well,” said head coach Matt Gianodis. “Payton was the star. He broke a 27-year old record in the 50 then anchored in the relay that broke another school record so that was great. Our 500 free senior guys in Jon Burke and Adam Henley did well and then our senior diver Brennan LaBar scored for us too.”
The second school record broken of the night was in the 400-yard medley relay where MSU finished ninth. In swimming order the team of senior Alexander Trompke, senior Alec Kandt, junior Nicholas Leshok, and the anchor Woods finished with a school record time of 3:12.57.
Seniors Adam Henley and Jonathan Burke both swam personal season-bests in the 500-meter free. Henley finished 17th with a time of 4:21.79, while Burke took 24th finishing with a time of 4:23.57. Freshman Scott Piper and junior Tal Hanani finished side-by-side in the 200-yard IM with times of 1:47.78 and 1:47.84, respectively.
On the diving side, senior Brennan LaBar took 22nd and earned points for the Spartans in the one-meter dive with a final score of 290.30.
“We have two days left, we have a big day tomorrow,” said Gianiodis. “I feel like if we have a really good day we can score some points and really get some good swims in and we are looking forward to it.”
Michigan State will look to pick up where it left off tomorrow, Feb. 24 in the third day of the Big Ten Championships.