Oct. 9, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team opened its 2010 season on Saturday, Oct. 9 with a 186-108 loss to Minnesota at McCaffree Pool at IM West.
"There's no shame falling to Minnesota," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "They are the preseason conference favorite, but I felt for this early on for how young we had a really good meet. It is certainly something to build on for the rest of the season, and we will see in two weeks when we compete against Iowa."
Junior Sarah Clay picked up the Spartans' first win of the day when she took home first-place honors in the three-meter dive with a score of 317.03. Clay's mark was 35.10 points greater than the next diver in second place.
Two events later in the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Maeve McHugh earned her first career collegiate victory as she turned in a time of 2:07.87, 1.84 seconds faster than the next swimmer.
In one of the most highly contested events of the day, senior Becca Ebner fought hard to turn in a time of 2:05.52 in the 200-yard butterfly, however Ebner was edged slightly by Annalise Colton in first with a time of 2:05.04.
After hosting the 55th Annual Alumni Meet next weekend on Oct. 16, the Spartans will return to action on Friday, Oct. 22 when they host Iowa at McCaffree Poll at IM West at 5 p.m.