Oct. 19, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving teams took on a hard fought battle, but the women fell 182-117 and the men dropped a 185-108 dual to Iowa on Friday, Oct. 19 at McCaffree Pool in IM West.
"We swam awfully well, and so did Iowa," head coach Matt Gianiodis said. "I give Iowa a lot of credit. They swam awesome and we did too. I was really impressed with Bryan Williams. Our freshman really did a nice job of getting their feet wet with another Big Ten meet. I was really impressed with what we did."
The event that sparked the Spartans was the women's 200 butterfly as MSU took first and second place. Michigan State pulled away with the win as freshman Elizabeth Brown led the field for the entire event before stopping the clock in 2:06.27. Not far behind was sophomore Hannah Pugh, who finished with a time of 2:06.58.
In the men's 200 butterfly, junior Bryan Williams swam hard to take the individual title with a time of 1:49.34. Senior Jacob Jarzen also took home a win in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 1:49.85.
Brown later took another first-place away from the Hawkeyes, as she won the women's 100 butterfly with a time of 57.14.
The men followed with a pair of wins, taking first and second-place finishes in the 100 butterfly as Williams and Jarzen clocked in time of 48.19 and 49.19, respectively.
"The team really competed hard and that's really what you want to do at this time of the year," Gianiodis said. "You just have to learn how to compete and get a nice foundation for the rest of the year."
The Spartans had a strong performance on the boards as sophomore Alison Menzies won individual titles on the one and three-meter. Freshman Charles Maurer also took home his first collegiate win with a first-place finish in the men's one-meter.
Menzies improved her NCAA qualifying score on the three-meter, scoring a career-high 293.18 to take first place. She also beat out the competition on the women's one-meter with a score of 251.32. Maurer, a walk-on to the diving team, scored a 246.29 on the one-meter to take the win.
"It was a great day," said diving coach Eric Best. "Charlie Maurer, a freshman walk-on, got his first collegiate win in his first meet, so that was pretty exciting. Alison won both boards, which was terrific because I think all three of the Iowa divers had top-16 finishes at Big Ten Championships last year. So, it was a good day for diving."
MSU will be back in action as the women travel to Illinois on Friday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. CT. The men will stay home to host Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 12 p.m.