Feb. 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Led by several personal-best performances, the Spartan men concluded their second day of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship. Junior Nate Weeks represented the freshman in the evening finals of the 200 individual medley, while freshman Brennan Labar scored on the 1-meter board. Through seven events, Michigan State sits in 10th place with 52 points.
“We were pretty good,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We had three really good splits, and one not so great and that kind of hurt us a bit. Brennan (Labar) scoring on the 1-meter was fantastic for a freshman, and Nate (Weeks) getting a second swim in the 200 IM was really good for us, too. Our relays have just been a little bit off, which has been disappointing. Beyond that, we’re doing alright. Our IM’s were the best we’ve had in a long time, so I was excited about that. I think we’ve got a big day ahead of us tomorrow. Our whole group will be going full out and tomorrow is probably our better day of the three.”
Junior Nate Weeks posted an NCAA provisional cut time in the prelims of the 200 individual medley as he shaved almost four full seconds off his previous personal record to hit the wall in 1:48.68, good for 27th overall. He finished 34th in the evening finals, clocking a time of 1:49.70. He was followed by junior Ian Rodriguez, who also swam a career-best time of 1:49.91 to finish 39th. Freshman Alec Kandt tied for 40th with his personal-best time of 1:49.96, while senior Nick Roberts finished 49th with a time of 1:50.69. Sophomore Jacob Cook (54th) and freshman Ben Martin (60th) also competed in the event, clocking personal-best times of 1:50.89 and 1:52.95, respectively.
On the 1-meter board, freshman Brennan Labar qualified for the finals with a score of 295.15. He followed up by scoring points for the Spartans with a score of 302.40 for 15th overall. Fellow diver Charles Mauer placed 31st in the event, posting a score of 248.75.
With a career-best time in the 50 freestyle, senior Sam Schulze finished tied for 27th with a time of 20.44. Fellow senior Spartan Pat Falconer also clocked a personal-best time of 20.54 to tie for 33rd overall. Close behind was sophomore Jacob Moore with a time of 20.62 for 39th, while Oguz Aslanoglu tied for 42nd with a time of 20.68. Rounding out the Spartans in the event was sophomore Chad Cathey (20.69, 44th), sophomore Eric Chisholm (20.70, 46th), senior Nick McGowan (20.82, 50th) and junior Kyle Workman (20.87, 51st).
In the prelims of the 500 freestyle, freshman Jon Burke swam a career-best time of 4:27.15 to place 35th overall. Also swimming a personal-best time was senior Jacob Austermann, who hit the wall in 4:30.20 to place 43rd. Freshman Adam Marsh finished 49th with a time of 4:32.12, while freshman Adam Henley posted a time of 4:33.24 to finish 51st. Also competing in the event was freshman Sam Hiller (4:38.00, 55th) and junior David Zoltwoski (4:29.26, 57th).
MSU concluded the night with the 400 medley relay as the team of McGowan, Kandt, Bryan Williams and Falconer placed 10th with a season-best time of 3:15.04.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 28 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 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving and the 200 freestyle relay.