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Swimming and Diving Performs Well At Illinois Quad
Freshman Ian Clutten earned two first-place finishes for the Spartans at the Illinois Quad on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Freshman Ian Clutten earned two first-place finishes for the Spartans at the Illinois Quad on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Oct. 26, 2002

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Illinois Quad in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 26. The men fell to Southern Illinois (200-99) and Missouri (177-122) and the women defeated Southern Illinios (185.5-112.5), before falling to host Illinois (176-120) and Missouri (196-98).

The Spartans had a rough time getting to the women's first competition of the season. After leaving the men's meet at Indiana last night, the team bus suffered a flat tire and the squad had to wait for two hours for roadside assistance. Not arriving in Champaign until nearly 2 a.m., the Spartans had to compete at the 10 a.m. meet after just a few hours of sleep.

Despite their obstacles getting to the Intrmural Physical Education pool, the Spartans performed well, with at least one top-three finish in over half of the events. Two Spartans tallied three first-place finishes at the meet, as freshman Ian Clutten (Capetown, South Africa) claimed first-place marks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and senior co-captain Stephanie Anisko (Mississauga, Ont.) won the one-meter diving event.

Anisko's captain counterpart Kate Duncombe (Erie, Pa.) earned second-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 back, while David Habel (Cincinnati, Ohio) took second in the 500 free.

The Spartans had a third-place finisher in 10 events. The women's 200 medley relay team of Duncombe, Erika Templeton(Canton, Ohio), Tammy Jones (Conyers, Ga.) and Rachael Hagerman (Goodland, Kan.) took third, as did the men's 200 medley relay squad of Karl Sunryd (Molndal, Sweden), Clutten, Dave Sloan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Peter Ploiti (Newburgh, N.Y.)



Deb O'Neil (Chalfont, Pa.) finished in the third fastest time in the women's 1000 free, while Habel had a third-place time in the men's. Also earning third-place times were senior co-captain Joe Brennan (Poway, Calif.) in the men's 200 free, Hagerman in the women's 50 free, Alicia Copestick (East Liverpool, Ohio) in the women's 100 free, Sloan in the men's 100 fly and Duncombe in the women's 200 individual medley.

The Spartans rounded out the 32-event meet with a pair of third-place finishes in both the men's and women's 400 freestyle relays. The women's team of Hagerman, Jones, Copestick and Katrina Kniff (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished third, as did the men's squad of Rudolf Wagenaar (Capetown, South Africa), Brennan, Politi and Patrick Saucedo (Jackson, Mich.)

"This was a good learning experience for our younger people," head swimming coach Jim Lutz stated after the meet. "We can build on this and I expect good things from this team in the coming weeks."

The men's and women's swimming and diving team will have a week off from competition before traveling to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 8.


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