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Spartans Fall to Iowa in First Joint Dual of the Season

Oct. 22, 2010

Complete Results

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving program hosted Iowa on Friday, Oct. 22 for the Spartans' first joint dual of the season. The women fell to the Hawkeyes, 175-125, while the men were defeated 181-119. Highlighting the evening for the Green and White was senior diver Ivan Zalessov with his school record of 383.40 on the three-meter board, beating the next closest diver by 91.88 points.

"Today was a nice start to the season for the guys," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Ivan Zalessov, Jacob Jarzen and Kevin Puskaric all had spectacular meets, winning all of their events on the night. For the women, Becca Ebner and KJ Burkland also did a great job as they each won both of their events."

Along with Zalessov's school record and first-place dive on the three-meter board, he took home top honors on the one-meter board with a score of 317.17 points, besting the next closest diver by 30.9 points.

Tying the pool record he set last year during his freshman season was Jacob Jarzen with his time of 49.60 in the 100 backstroke. The reigning Big Ten Freshman also took hop top honors in the 200 backstroke with a 1:47.66 mark.

Senior Kevin Puskaric followed suit as he swept both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Puskaric posted a time of 56.45 in the 100, while he turned in a time of 2:03.71 in the 200.

Senior Colby Ward turned in two second-place finishes in both the 500 and 1,000 freestyles, turning a time of 9:36.42 and 4:39.15, respectively. Fellow senior Ricki Forrest also turned in a runner-up finish as he placed second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:54.34.



The women's 100 freestyle saw MSU finish first and second. Junior Tori Merritt narrowly edged freshman Summer Strickler in second. Merritt posted a time of 53.04, while Strickler finished in 53.15.

Dropping six seconds from her time last weekend against Iowa was freshman KJ Burkland who turned in an event-winning time of 10:20.99 in the 1,000 freestyle. Burkland also turned in the top time in the 500 free with a 5:07.52 mark.

Also winning two of her events on the night was senior Becca Ebner in the 100 and 200 butterfly. Ebner clocked in at 56.51 in the 100 while ending the 200 fly in 2:05.49.

Junior Sarah Clay highlighted the women divers with her scores of 263.47 and 291.75 in the one-meter and three-meter board events, respectively. Clay's scores were good enough for second-place on both events.

"Tonight was a good start to the season, but we do need to work on racing a little better, particularly finishing each race. Overall I'm really happy with today and am looking forward to our meet next Friday against Notre Dame," Gianiodis said.

The Spartans return to action next Friday (Oct. 29) when the women host the Fighting Irish at McCaffree Pool at IM West. Swimming is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in East Lansing.

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