Oct. 18, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team turned in a strong performance on Friday night at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center. The men lost a battle to the Hawkeyes 182-113, and the women defeated Northern Iowa 244-56, but also fell to the Hawkeyes 182-117.
"I thought we great swam in the duals," said assistant coach Kathleen Milloy. "It was the first meet of the year and for the freshman, it was their first dual meet ever. They had great travels, great preparation and then great execution."
On the men's side, Bryan Williams earned an individual win in the 200 freestyle, stopping the clock in 1:40.97. Also placing third in the event was Pat Falconer with a time of 1:43.31. Falconer later finished second overall in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 47.22. Williams also scored first-place points for MSU in the 100 and 200 butterfly with winning times of 49.12 and 1:50.81, respectively.
In the distance events, freshman Jon Burke turned in a third-place finish in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:38.49. Burke also finished second overall in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.62, followed by freshman Adam Henley with a time of 4:54.00 for third place.
Freshman Alec Kandt was the top Spartan finisher in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 57.75. In the 50 freestyle, Kyle Workman scored third-place points with a time of 21.60. Also stepping up for the freshman was Sam Hiller who finished second overall in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:53.01. He was followed by Drew Goins in third with a time of 1:57.31. In the 200 individual medley, Nate Weeks scored second-place points with a time of 1:53.91.The Spartans ended the meet with a second and third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
"Bryan Williams has started his senior campaign to make NCAAs with a bang," Milloy said. "He won all of his individual events. All the classes had good swims. Particularly, freshman Sam Hiller had a great 200 backstroke. Pretty much everyone's times were faster than last week."
The women kicked off the meet with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay as the team of Brooke Telander, Shelby Lacy, Sarah Love and Emily Parsons posted a time of 1:47.42. Becca Berman and Chelsea Abbott gave the competition a one-two punch in the 1,000 freestyle, placing first and second with times of 10:22.56 and 10:25.74, respectively. Berman also earned first-place points for the Spartans with a winning time of 5:08.28 in the 500 freestyle
Summer Strickler took first-place honors in the 200 freestyle, clocking a time of 1:53.47. She also finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.37. Posting a time of 1:06.76, Lacy turned in a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
Elizabeth Brown earned an individual win in the 100 butterfly with a first-place time of 2:04.61, followed by Hannah Pugh in third place with a time of 2:07.92. Brown later scored second-place points in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:09.45.
In the 50 freestyle, Telander placed third overall with a time of 24.11. Kelly Delorme was the top finisher for MSU in the 200 backstroke as she posted a time of 2:11.41. Leading the 200 breaststroke, Marina Borri clocked a time of 2:22.99 to finish second overall.
Winning the 100 butterfly, freshman Sarah Love posted a first-place time of 56.45. To end the meet, MSU finished second and third in the 400 freestyle relay.
"We had a really strong day on the women's side across all classes," said Milloy. "We were able to beat Northern Iowa and swam really strong against Iowa. Summer Strickler won the two free in a great race. Freshman Sarah Love had a very good first meet and won the 100 butterfly in 56.45, which is a great swim in October."
On the boards, senior Christee Cordes secured her NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score on the 1-meter with a personal-best score of 273.50 to place third. She also posted a third-place score of 273.00 on the 3-meter. Freshman Brennan Labar finished second on the 3-meter with a score of 283.40, followed by Charles Maurer in third with a score of 247.90.
"Obviously Matt had to be at home with a loss in the family, and he was missed," said Milloy. "But as a team, all week long they wanted to show loyalty and respect by having a great meet. I think that's what they did."
The Spartans will be back in action next weekend as the women host Illinois and Liberty on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.