COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State men’s swimming and diving concluded the third day of the Big Ten Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Center on Feb. 24.
“We did pretty well today,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We had a couple of tough break with alternates, we had a lot of 25th-places which is kind of a bummer. We had two freshmen in the 400 IM’s and that’s fantastic. Scott (Piper) and Phillip (Meffert) both made it to the consolation finals, which is great. Our breaststrokers did well too. We have another day tomorrow and we are really looking to finish off right, and to finish this season off in the right well and do well.”
Freshmen Scott Piper and Phillip Meffert finished side-by-side in the B-Finals of the 400-yard IM. The pair of Spartans finished with times of 3:52.27 and 3:53.92, respectively. Juniors Connor Lamb and Mitch Strahlman just missed the 400-yard IM finals finishing 24th and 25th.
Senior Alec Kandt found himself in the B-Finals of the 100-yard breaststroke improving from his prelims time and finishing 10th on a time of 53.48. Junior Nick Leshok also swam in the 100-yard breaststroke competing in the C-Finals. Junior Tal Hanani finished 25th in the 100-yard breaststroke, just one place short of the finals.
Freshman Michael Schwers raced to a 26th-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a personal-best time of 48.37. Junior Alexander Trompke was the next Spartan to finish also nabbing a season-high time at 48.73.
On the diving side, senior Brennan LaBar picked up a 27th-place finish in the three-meter dive with a final score of 284.95. Freshman Matthew De La Garza finished with a score of 190.20.
Michigan State will look to bounce back and search for top-times in the third and final day of the men’s swimming and diving Big Ten Championships. The meet will begin with prelims at 11 a.m.