Michigan State Women's Swimming & Diving Defeats Illinois
The women picked up six first-place finishes.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s swimming and diving team picked up its first Big Ten win against Illinois today. The Spartans won 162-136 in their first home meet of the season.
“I thought competitively we did really well. It was great to compete in this new facility, with the renovations and everything. I’m happy. It’s not easy to win, especially in the Big Ten,” head coach Matt Gianiodis said. “I think more importantly, a lot of our people finishing second, third and fourth and getting points for our team, really contributed to the win.”
The 200 medley relay team of Cathryn Armstrong, Ana Sortland, Iana Wolff and Racheal Bukowski began the meet with a first place finish, clocking in at 1:44.11.
Big Ten Diver of the Week Morgan Wellenzohn won both the 3-meter and 1-meter dives with scores of 287.75 and 261.22, respectively. Erin Neely scored a 280.80 and placed second in the 3-meter. Both Wellenzohn and Neely qualified for NCAA Regionals with their scores today. In addition to the pair, freshman Amanda Ling qualified with her score against Iowa and Northern Iowa on Oct. 6.
Ana Sortland won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:03.45. Ellie Roche and Erin Szara picked up second and third place finishes in the same event.
Emily Brunett took home a win in the 200 butterfly, clocking in at 2:05.39.
Racheal Bukowski won the 50 freestyle with a 23.69. Macy Moore picked up the second place finish in the same event with a 24.12.
Haley Kornburger and Becca Hannon picked up second and third place finishes, respectively in the 1000 free. Kornburger clocked in at 10:30.17 and Hannon did at 10:34.07.
Courtney Aycock, Olivia Chick, Anna Stephens and Taylor Contino grabbed second through fifth place finishes in the 200 freestyle.
Cathryn Armstrong finished second in the 100 backstroke, touching the pad at 56.78. Madison Nowak placed third in the same event, with a 58.64.
The Spartans will host their 62nd annual alumni meet Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at IM West. They will be back on the road on Oct. 27 at Pittsburgh with James Madison and Miami (Fla.)