March 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In addition to breaking the school record in the 400 freestyle relay, senior Jacob Jarzen added two more MSU records in the 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle on the fourth and final day of competition at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships. With a total of seven new school records, the Spartans finished the conference meet with 126 points to place 10th.
"We finished really strong tonight and broke three records," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I am really proud of Jake (Jarzen) and Bryan (Williams). They did a lot of heavy lifting for this program today and all year long. Jacob is a special swimmer - one of the best and most versatile in the Big Ten and the entire country. I was hoping to have him win an event because people would have noticed a bit more how good he really is. One more meet left and I feel like he is really going to have a great NCAA meet. I have been blessed for four seasons to coach him and watch him become great."
The 400 freestyle relay turned in a school record time of 2:56.96. The team of Jarzen, senior Josh Geschwendt, junior Nick McGowan and junior Bryan Williams finished in eighth place overall. With his lead off time of 43.70, Jarzen broke his school record in the 100 freestyle.
In the finals of the 200 backstroke, Jarzen another school record and third of the meet with a time of 1:42.19 to place fifth overall.
Jarzen finished eighth overall in the prelims of the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:42.92 to qualify for the evening finals. Posting a season-best time, McGowan clocked a 1:47.87. Junior Drew Goins recorded a career-best time of 1:49.97, while senior Mark Gammell turned in a season-best time of 1:50.51.
Also qualifying for the finals was Williams who stopped the clock in 1:47.01 in the prelims of the 200 butterfly. Dropping almost five seconds off his time in the prelims, freshman Nate Weeks posted a time of 1:50.88. Junior Michael Uggeri turned in his season-best time of 1:51.97, while sophomore David Zoltowski posted a recorded a career-best time of 1:53.10. Also competing in the event was junior Drew Goins who posted a season-best time of 1:56.14.
Williams went on to record a 13th-place finish in the finals of the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.10.
Swimming a career-best performance in the prelims of the 100 freestyle, Geschwendt posted a time of 44.59. Sophomore Rob McGowan recorded his career-best time of 45.80, while freshman Jacob Moore shaved almost two full seconds off his time to clock a personal-best time of 45.82. Rounding out the Spartans in the event was freshman Kyle Workman (46.22), junior Sam Schulze (46.27), sophomore Nick Grider (46.40), freshman Eric Chisholm (46.55), junior Jacob Austermann (46.55) and freshman Michael Kwasnik (48.04).
In the prelims of the 200 breaststroke, junior Nick Roberts turned in a season-best time of 2:03.90. Freshmen Ian Rodriguez and Jacob Cook recorded times of 2:06.36 and 2:06.84, respectively. Also competing in the event for the Spartans was freshman Chad Cathey (2:10.43) and sophomore Bahadir Senel (2:12.08).
Jarzen will compete for the Spartans at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.