Feb. 28, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Breaking the school record in the 200 freestyle relay, the Michigan State men’s swimming and diving team capped off a strong third day of competition at the 2014 Big Ten Championships on Friday. The Spartan men currently sit in 10th place with 84.5 points.
“We did pretty well in the meet today,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We swam really well in the morning and got some nice performances at night. Bryan (Williams) just got touched out. Our younger guys are getting a lot of experience, which is really good for them through the transition here. It was great to break the varsity record in the 200 free relay, too. All in all, a great day for us here.”
Breaking the school record and scoring sixth-place points for the Spartans was the 200 freestyle relay team. Sam Schulze, Bryan Williams, Jacob Moore and Pat Falconer clocked a record-setting time of 1:20.16.
Qualifying for the finals with a top-10 finish and a NCAA provisional cut time in the 100 butterfly, senior Bryan Williams clocked a time of 47.74 to place ninth in the prelims. He went on to finish 10th overall in the event with a time of 47.82. Williams was joined in the finals by junior Kyle Workman, who clocked career-best time of 48.19 to also earn a NCAA provisional cut time and place 17th in the prelims. Freshman Oguz Aslanoglu finished 25th as he clocked a time of 48.71, while sophomore Jacob Moore clocked a career-best time of 48.75 to place 26th. Both swimmers also qualified for evening swims in the finals. Moore improved to a 19th-place finish in the finals with a personal-best time of 48.22, while Workman (48.66) and Aslanoglu (48.87) placed 22nd and 23rd overall, respectively.
With another personal-best time in the 100 butterfly, sophomore Nate Weeks hit the wall in 48.82 to place 28th overall. He was followed by senior Michael Uggeri in 40th with a time of 49.86. Rounding out the Spartans in the event was senior Drew Goins (51.81, 48th) and sophomore Eric Chisholm (51.84, 49th).
Senior Pat Falconer barely missed his personal-best time in the 200 freestyle as he earned a NCAA provisional cut time and qualified for the finals, hitting the wall in 1:36.64 for 18th place. He went on to finish 21st overall in the evening finals as he recorded a time of 1:37.58. Also representing MSU in the event was senior Jacob Austermann, who clocked a time of 1:40.86 for 54th place, while freshman Jon Burke finished 57th with a time of 1:41.54.
Posting a career-best time of 3:55.10 in the 400 individual medley, senior Nick Roberts qualified for the evening finals as he placed 24th in the prelims. He went on to finish 21st overall in the event with a time of 3:56.74. Sophomore Jacob Cook shaved five seconds off his personal best to clock a time of 4:00.63, good for 32nd. He was followed by freshman Ben Martin, who recorded a time of 4:02.75 for 33rd place. Also competing in the event was junior David Zoltowski (4:04.37, 35th) and freshman Adam Henley (4:08.64).
Also recording a 24th-place finish in the 100 backstroke to qualify for the finals was sophomore Ian Rodriguez, who posted a personal-best time of 49.00. Tying for 20th overall in the evening finals, he went on to post a 49.39. He was joined in the finals by freshman Adam Marsh, who also tied for 30th place with a season-best time of 49.48. Marsh finished 24th overall in the finals, clocking a time of 50.32. Senior Sam Schulze swam a career-best time of 49.71 in the event to place 35th overall, while fellow senior Spartan Nick McGowan tied his personal-best time of 49.77 to finish 36th an0d was followed by freshman Sam Hiller (51.27) in 40th, Michael Uggeri (51.33) in 41st and senior Drew Goins (51.85) for 42nd.
Freshman Alec Kandt had a breakout swim in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a time of 55.14 to earn a NCAA provisional cut time and qualify for the evening finals with a 25th-place finish. He improved in the finals to post a freshman record time of 54.39 to place 18th overall in the event. Kandt was followed in the prelims by sophomore Chad Cathey, who posted a career-best time of 56.37 to place 34th.
On the 3-meter board, freshman Brenna Labar earned a score of 244.45 for 31st place, while sophomore Charles Maurer finished 34th with a score of 223.60.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, March 1 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 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1,650 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay.