March 1, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State saw two top-10 swims from senior Jacob Jarzen on the third day of competition at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday. Jarzen turned in a school record in the 100 butterfly and although the Spartans did not score in the 200 freestyle relay, they continued to turn in career-best performances to end the day in 10th place with 86 points.
"We lost the relay which was pretty tough because we would have finished the day in ninth place," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "But we bounced back pretty solid. Jake (Jarzen)'s time in the fly was a team record. We'll bounce back tomorrow and finish well. We have some good events lined up. Guys are fighting hard and we are swimming well."
In the prelims of the 400 individual medley, sophomore David Zoltowski shaved a full six seconds off his time to clock a career-best 3:59.69. Also competing in the event was Junior Nick Roberts and freshman Ian Rodriguez posting times of 4:00.34 and 4:04.31, respectively.
Michigan State had a strong showing in the prelims of the 100 butterfly with four Spartans qualifying for the evening finals. Leading the way was Jarzen who finished fourth overall with a time of 46.53. Junior Bryan Williams recorded a time of 48.29 to place 17th, while senior Josh Geschwendt posted a season-best time of 48.50. Also moving onto the finals in his first Big Ten Championship was freshman Kyle Workman who clocked his season-best time of 48.70. Also swimming their season-best times were freshman Jacob Moore (49.02), junior Michael Uggeri (49.29), sophomore Rob McGowan (49.38), freshman Nate Weeks (49.88) and freshman Eric Chisholm (51.47).
Jarzen earned a fourth-place finish in the finals of the 100 butterfly, breaking his own school record with a time of 46.08. Posting a season-best time of 48.10, Williams placed 17th overall. Geschwendt improved his season-best performance with an 18th-place time of 48.45. Rounding out the Spartans in the finals was Workman, who placed 24th with a time of 49.72.
Junior Pat Falconer finished as the top Spartan in the prelims of the 200 freestyle, posting a time of 1:38.39. In the finals, he finished 23rd with a time of 1:40.06. Also competing in the 200 freestyle prelims was junior Jacob Austermann who stopped the clock in a career-best time of 1:40.86.
In the prelims of the 100 breaststroke, freshman Jacob Cook recorded a personal-best time of 56.98. Sophomore Bahadir Senel swam a time of 57.16, while freshman Chad Cathey posted a time of 57.59. Rounding out the Spartans was freshman Michael Kwasnik with a season-best time of 57.87.
Jarzen turned in another top-10 finish in the prelims of the 100 backstroke. He finished eighth with a season-best time of 46.95 to qualify for the finals. Junior Nick McGowan clocked a career-best time of 49.43, while junior Sam Schulze tied his season-best time of 50.49. Also competing for the Spartans was junior Drew Goins (51.18), Uggeri (51.32) and senior Mark Gammell (51.77).
In the finals, Jarzen finished eighth overall in the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.20.
On the 3-meter board, freshmen Charlie Mauer and Jason Butler posted scores of 229.20 and 187.80, respectively.
The Spartans will face the fourth and final day of competition in Bloomington, Ind., tomorrow, March 2, with prelims scheduled for 11 a.m. and finals to be held at 6:30 p.m.