Swimming & Diving
MSU Women's Swimming And Diving Loses Home Opener To No. 16 Michigan
Oct. 27, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Courtney Ellabarger and freshman Danielle Williams each captured two first-place finishes, but the Michigan State women's swimming and diving team lost its home opener at the Charles McCaffree Pool Wednesday to No. 16 Michigan, 159-133. With the loss, MSU falls to 0-2 (0-1 Big Ten), while Michigan improves to 1-1 (1-0 Big Ten) this season.
"I was very happy with the performance and with the effort of our team, but not with the end result," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis.
Ellabarger won the 100 breast (1:04.97) and the 200 breast (2:22.17). Junior Tesla Hughes finished second in 500 free (5:05.09) and third in the 100 free (10:34.54). Senior Tammy Jones placed second in the 100 free (52.27) and third in the 400 IM (4:31.91). Junior Katrina Kniff and senior Alicia Copestick finished second (24.40) and third (24.72) in the 50 free, respectively.
Williams finished first in the one-meter (275.77) and the three-meter diving events (276.00). Sophomore Katie Edwards finished second in the three-meter (261.3) and third in the one-meter (257.93). Sophomore Amy Schmidt placed second in the three-meter (268.3). Williams and Schmidt's scores against the Wolverines qualified them for the NCAA regionals.
"I want to give my hat off to Eric Best and all of the divers for winning both boards so convincingly," said Gianiodis. "The girls did a great job in getting a lot of pressure off them in terms of getting the NCAA regional qualification standards already out of the way."
The MSU `A' team of Ellabarger, Jones, and sophomores Eve Brusie and Carly Zenk finished second in the 200 medley relay (1:45.72). Brusie, Copetick, Kniff and junior Rachel Hagerman placed second in the 200 free relay (1:35.29).
The MSU women next compete in South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 12 against Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.
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