March 1, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior Bryan Williams finished 12th in the 200 butterfly and Alec Kandt broke the 200 breaststroke freshman record as the Spartans concluded competition at the 2014 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships. The Michigan State men finished 10th overall, tallying 107.5 points.
"We finished up pretty well," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I was a little disappointed on the relay, I thought we'd be faster. Bryan Williams swam great. He ended the meet really strong today. All of the seniors went out really well today. We had a couple of them finish their Michigan State careers with their personal best performances. So I was really pleased with that.
"We had a lot of kids swim in the evening finals this year, which is really cool and I'm proud of them to accomplish that. A lot of them were freshman and sophomores who really step up. I think we really have the ability to build on the season, and particularly this meet if, we put it together and get the job done."
Senior Bryan Williams earned an NCAA provisional cut time of 1:46.97 to place 14th in the prelims and qualify for the evening finals. Williams finished 12th overall in the event, improving his time to 1:46.47. It marks the second-fastest time in MSU history. Swimming a career-best time of 1:49.77, sophomore Nate Weeks finished 29th overall. Rounding out the Spartans in the event was senior Michael Uggeri (1:51.44, 36th), freshman Oguz Aslanoglu (1:52.52), junior David Zoltowski (1:54.11, 41st) and freshman Ben Martin (1:54.47, 42nd).
With a new freshman record in the 200 breaststroke, freshman Alec Kandt earned a NCAA provisional cut time of 1:58.78 to qualify for the evening finals with a 20th-place finish. His time marks the second-fastest 200 breaststroke time in the Spartan record books. Kandt finished 22nd in the finals, posting a time of 1:58.93. Senior Nick Roberts placed 32nd in the event, posting a season-best time of 2:02.48. Sophomores Jacob Cook (2:04.21) and Chad Cathey (2:04.72) each swam personal-best times to finish 39th and 40th, respectively.
In the prelims of the 200 backstroke, sophomore Ian Rodriguez qualified for the finals by clocking a career-best time of 1:47.01 to place 21st. It marks the fourth-fastest time in MSU history. He went on to finish 20th in the finals with a time of 1:47.31. Placing 24th in the prelims was freshman Sam Hiller, who qualified for the evening finals with a time of 1:47.94. He also finished 24th in the finals, clocking a time of 1:49.00. Freshman Adam Marsh finished 27th in the prelims, shaving four seconds off his season-best time to hit the wall in 1:48.35. He was followed by senior Drew Goins, who posted a career-best time of 1:48.55.
Senior Pat Falconer tied for 36th in the prelims of the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 45.05. Close behind was fellow senior Nick McGowan who posted a season-best time of 45.14 for 40th place overall, while sophomore Jacob Moore swam a career-best time of 45.38 to finish 47th. Also representing the Spartans in the event was senior Sam Schuzle (45.83, 52nd), junior Kyle Workman (45.92, 56th), sophomore Eric Chisholm (46.56, 62nd) and senior Jacob Austermann (46.66, 63rd).
Senior Drew Goins was recognized on Saturday as he was named MSU's winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship award.
The Spartans will be back in action in two weeks when the MSU divers travel to the NCAA Zone C Regional Diving Championships on March 13-15.