Oct. 4, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving program kicked off the 2013-14 season with the Green and White meet at McCaffree Pool on Friday night. The Spartan newcomers stepped up on both teams, but the White team came away with the win after a score of 336-243.
"I think there were some really interesting performances," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I thought we had some really good swim, but there were some people who were struggling. That's pretty standard at this point. We weren't going to come out here and start lighting the world on fire. I thought Bryan and Summer were really steady. I felt like it was a good start, but we have a long way to go. I think there was a lot of competition, which is nice to see."
The meet opened with the 200 medley relays, where the white team took first-place in both the men's and women's race. The team of Lauren Kalwasinski, Shelby Lacy, Sarah Love and Brooke Telander placed first with a time of 1:48.48, while the men's team of Sam Hiller, Alec Kandt, Michael Uggeri and Kyle Workman raced to a first-place finish with a time of 1:30.30. K.J. Burkland finished first in the women's 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:23.01, while the men's race was won by Jon Burke with a time of 9:44.34. In the 200 freestyle, Summer Strickler and Bryan Williams both took first place with times of 1:55.85 and 1:44.28, respectively.
Scoring some much-needed points for the Green team, Lauren Daugherty (59.48) held onto first in the 100 backstroke, while Nick McGowan (52.48) finished first in the men's race. The white team answered in the 100 breaststroke as Shelby Lacy (1:06.64) took first-place in the women's event before newcomer Kandt won the men's race with a time of 58.13. The 200 butterfly was won by Elizabeth Brown (2:07.29) for the white team and Williams (1:52.33) earning some points for the Green team. In the closest race of the night, newcomer Love took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.17, while Workman won the men's race with a time of 21.52.
In the 100 freestyle, Strickler won her second event of the night with a time of 53.20 before Workman again took first for the white team with a time of 47.60. Chelsea Abbott (2:11.62) finished first in the 200 backstroke for the Green team, but newcomer Hiller (1:54.82) responded with the win for the white team. Marina Borri and Kandt took first place in the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:23.96 and 2:09.75, respectively. In the 500 freestyle, Hannah Pugh (5:07.61) took first-place points for the green team, while Burke (4:46.99) earned another win for the white team.
Love won the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.12 before Williams swam away with the win, clocking a time of 50.67. In the 200 individual medley, Brown and Nate Weeks both took first-place handedly with times of 2:11.33 and 1:54.96, respectively.
Just like it began, the meet concluded with the Spartan relays as the white team of Love, Telander, Betsy Good and Taylor Folkertsma won for the women and Nick McGowan, Sam Schulze, Jacob Moore and Williams finished first for the Green team.
Next weekend, the Spartans will host the 58th annual Alumni Meet on Oct. 12 at 9 a.m.