Feb. 26, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team kicked off the first day of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Championships on Wednesday evening at the Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. After two events, the Spartans sit in ninth place with 36 points.
"We were pretty good today," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I thought we would go a little faster in the medley relay. I was a little disappointed we didn't break the school record, but we had great splits. Sam Schulze and Alec Kandt were really solid in the first 100. Our 800 freestyle relay did alright finishing eighth, so that was nice. A little short on some things, but I feel pretty good about the splits that our kids had. We had some best times on those for sure. We've got the whole group going tomorrow, so we'll see what happens."
In the first event of the meet, MSU finished 10th in the 200 medley relay. Led off by a season-best 50 backstroke time of 22.47 by Sam Schulze, Alec Kandt, Kyle Workman and Bryan Williams clocked a time of 1:28.29 to barely miss the school record.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 27 with prelims set for 11 a.m. and finals to be held at 6:30 p.m. The events scheduled for tomorrow (in order) include the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving and the 400 medley relay.