Sept. 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams fell to Wisconsin as they opened the 2012-2013 season on Friday in front of a large crowd at McCaffree Pool. Friday's competition marked the second time in 15 years the green and white have hosted an outdoor meet.
"The most important thing for me is that the Spartan nation really supported our team tonight and I want to thank the Wisconsin fans, too," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "That's what I think tonight was all about. We had some good races and when it's this early in the season, there's a lot of work ahead of us."
On the boards, sophomore Alison Menzies qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the one and three-meter diving. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native claimed her first collegiate win on the three-meter with a score of 282.90 and notched a score of 275.47 on the one-meter for second-place.
"It's really exciting," said Menzies. "With it being so early in the season, it's nice to have the pressure off."
Junior Bryan Williams took first place in the 200-meter freestyle, posting a time of 1:59.51. Williams also picked up another individual title in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 56.31, the same event in which he qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Junior Pat Falconer took an individual crown in the 100-meter freestyle with a winning time of 54.47.
Freshman Elizabeth Brown won her first individual race as a Spartan, winning the 200-meter butterfly in 2:25.13.
The MSU swimming and diving program also recognized MSU alumna Amanda Mercer and her achievement as a member of the record-setting relay team that swam the English Channel to raise awareness for ALS.
The Spartans will be back in action when they host the 57th Annual Alumni Meet on Saturday, Oct. 13. Competition is slated to start at 9 a.m. at McCaffree Pool at IM West.