Men Conclude Day Two at Swim/Dive Big Tens
Spartans improve season and career-best times against conference foes.
Feb. 28, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The men's swimming and diving team concluded the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships on Thursday on the campus of Indiana University. Although many swimmers recorded personal and season-best performances, the Spartans currently sit in 10th place with 60 points.
"We were a bit off today," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We swam well, but we didn't score any points. I am excited about tomorrow when we have the full team swimming. We should improve."
The top Spartan in the 200 individual medley, junior Nick Roberts clocked a personal-best time of 1:50.40. He was followed by freshmen Nate Weeks and Ian Rodriquez, both recording season-best times of 1:51.31 and 1:51.56, respectively. Freshman Jacob Cook posted a time of 1:51.85, while senior Mark Gammell finished with his season-best time of 1:55.51.
Senior Josh Geschwendt was the top MSU finisher in the 50 freestyle, stopping the clock in a career-best time of 20.55. Shaving almost two full seconds off his time, sophomore Kyle Workman finished with his personal-best time of 20.59. Juniors Sam Schulze and Nick McGowan posted times of 20.73 and 20.81, respectively, while sophomore Nick Grider swam a career-best time of 20.84. Also competing for the Spartans was sophomore Rob McGowan (20.88) and a group of freshmen Jacob Moore (20.90), Eric Chisholm (20.95), Chad Cathey (21.11), Michael Kwasnik (21.14) followed by sophomore Bahadir Senel (22.55).
In a time trial for the 100 butterfly, junior Drew Goins posted a season-best time of 51.25.
In the 1-meter diving competition, freshmen Charlie Mauer and Jason Butler turned in scores of 240.10 and 218.50, respectively.
MSU will be back in action tomorrow at the Counsilman/Billingsly Aquatic Center with morning prelims scheduled for 11 a.m. followed by the evening finals at 6:30 p.m.