Swimming & Diving
Fisher, Divers Lead Women's Swimming To 157-141 Win
Oct. 20, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Freshman Stephanie Fisher won both backstroke swims and competed on two winning relay teams and junior divers Danielle Williams and Alycia Mokedanz posted NCAA Zone qualifying diving scores to highlight the Michigan State women's swimming & diving team's 157-141 dual meet win over Illinois Saturday at Charles McCaffree Pool. Marissa Clapp of Illinois won three events, including a pool-record time in the 200 breast.
Fisher, competing in her first event as a Spartan, clocked first-place times of 58.58 in the 100 back and 2:05.00 in the 200 back. She also swam the lead leg of the winning 200 medley relay, which registered a time of 1:47.87.
Williams posted a 321.08 in the three-meter and a 302.40 off the one-meter board to win both diving events. Mokedanz finished second in both events with a one-meter tally of 294.60, and a three-meter total of 298.80. Williams' 18 points and Mokedanz's eight points helped the Spartans to a 30-6 advantage in diving points.
"It was a very exciting victory," Gianiodis said. "Our divers were great, and for us to sweep the relays and medley was a pleasant surprise. Stephanie Fisher has been training great and Sarah Biasello and Erinn Wertz were also spectacular."
Aside from MSU's dominance in the diving portion of the meet, the key moment in the dual meet scoring was MSU's domination in the 100 free. Junior Julie Kahn (53.21) and freshman Alex Dockstader (53.54) were the first two finishers, respectively, and sophomore Erinn Wertz placed fourth, giving the Spartans 15 points in the event and pushing their dual lead to 96-72.
Illinois' Clap clocked a 2:18.96 in the 200 breast to break the McCaffree Pool record. She also won the 100 breast in 1:05.36, just ahead of Spartan sophomore Sarah Biasello (1:05.80). Clapp also won the 400 IM with a time of 4:23.36.
In addition to Clapp's breaststroke efforts, Jennifer Ivarson and Kellie Stevens won two events apiece for the Illini.
Junior Heather Kiluk established a new personal-best with a 2:09.64 in the 200 fly. MSU won the 400 free relay, clocking a 3:32.96 to provide the final scoring margin.
The Spartans travel to Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a men's and women's 6 p.m. dual meet.
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