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Men's Swimming and Diving Fall to Notre Dame, 178-120

Senior Jacob Jarzen won the 100 and 200 backstroke against Notre Dame

Oct. 27, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team dropped a 178-120 decision to Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 27 at McCaffree Pool. The Spartans took four individual events and one relay away from the Irish in the loss.

"It's another tough team for us," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Notre Dame should really be ranked in the top-25. I thought we swam well. We were a little bit off in some spots, but I thought we were on in other areas."

The men opened up the meet with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of junior Nick McGowan, freshman Chad Cathey, senior Jacob Jarzen and freshman Eric Chisholm stopped the clock in 1:33.19. The men's B and C-relay teams also took fourth and fifth-place points.

In the 1,000 freestyle, sophomore David Zoltowski took second place with a time of 9:49.65 and junior Jacob Austermann fought hard to finish fourth in 9:56.05.

Jarzen took an individual crown in the 100 backstroke, clocking a 49.60. The All-American swimmer also led the field in the 200 backstroke, recording a winning time of 1:48.73. 

Winning the 200 butterfly in each meet this season, junior Bryan Williams continued the streak, recording a time of 1:48.80. MSU also took third and fourth place finishes in the event as junior Michael Uggeri and freshman Nate Weeks finished in 1:54.70 and 1:55.60, respectively.

Williams wasn't done, however, as he pulled away by more than a body length in the 100 butterfly, stopping the clock in 47.83 for the win. MSU again finished in third-place as freshman Jacob Moore clocked a 51.40 and sophomore Kyle Workman finished in fourth with a time of 51.93.

Junior Nick Roberts swam hard between two Irish to finish in second place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.48.

The men finished the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of junior Sam Schulze, sophomore Rob McGowan, Workman and Austermann finished in 3:04.57. 

"Obviously, Bryan and Jake and Nick Roberts had a great meet," Gianiodis said. "Our older guys really swam well. Our young guys, our freshman in particular, are in a low coming off of midterms. But I know they will get better and make adjustments for the Big Ten season."

After a weekend off, the Spartans will travel to Jension, Mich., for a co-ed dual meet against Grand Valley State University on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. ET.



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