March 30, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Among the elite collegiate swimmers in the nation, Jacob Jarzen concluded his MSU career on Saturday at the final day of competition of the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The senior Spartan capped off his collegiate career posting a time of 1:44.96 to place 38th in the morning prelims of the 200 backstroke at the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.
"I am proud of him, I really am," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Jake struggled today and that was tough. Either way, it was the end of one of the best swimmers in MSU history. No one has represented Michigan State athletically and academically better than Jacob Jarzen. It was a real honor to be his coach for the last four years and he leaves with some unbelievable accomplishments. I'm just so proud of him, he's a great kid."
The Jacksonville, Ill., native was one of only 30 NCAA invitees who were selected to compete in the maximum of three events. Jarzen broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, turning in a time of 46.08 in the finals. He also posted his season-best time of 46.95 to finish eighth in the 100 backstroke and broke another school record in the finals of the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:42.19 to place fifth overall at the conference meet.
Leading the Spartans throughout his career, Jarzen has been a consistent contributor in both individual events and relays. He currently holds the school's fastest time in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:35.73 in 2010, as well as the 100 butterfly with a time of 46.08 at this year's Big Ten Championships. Jarzen also holds the record at Michigan State in the 200 individual medley, posting a time of 1:46.60 in 2012. He is also a member of the school-record holding 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.