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Michigan State Women Top, Men Fall to Grand Valley State

Alison Menzies and the Spartan women swept the 1- and 3-meter boards.

Nov. 8, 2013

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving program split competition with Grand Valley State on Friday evening in the first home dual meet of the season. The women won their second-straight meet with a score of 162-138 over the Lakers, while the men dropped a 166-134 decision to GVSU.

"Our women did a fantastic job," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "They won six of the last eight races. We were down at the break, but the women really put the hammer down which is exciting. Summer led us off in the 100 and 200 freestyle; she's been consistent all year. Sarah Love has been real consistent. Marina (Borri) had a nice breaststroke. Our (200 freestyle) relay at the end almost broke the school record, which was exciting. So we're moving in the right direction. On the men's side, there were some things that we could've done differently in our lineup. We have to have some people really step up when the going gets rough. But, there were some good swims. Bryan is the stalwart. Beyond him, there were some really good swims beneath the surface. In a couple of weeks, we'll see how we can race at Northwestern."

The Spartans were again led by their performance on the boards. Brennan Labar and Charlie Maurer swept first and second-place on the 1-meter with scores of 325.50 and 296.85, respectively. With his score, Labar qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. The two also swept the 3-meter competition as Labar finished first with a score of 285.23 and Maurer placed second with a score of 271.20.

For the third-straight meet, the MSU women dominated the boards by taking first, second and third-place finishes on the 1-meter and first and second-place points on the 3-meter. Cristee Cordes led the women in both events, placing first on the 1-meter with a score of 289.42, as well as first on the 3-meter with a score of 340.20. In second-place on both the 1- and 3-meter, Alison Menzies posted scores of 284.10 and 329.93, respectively. Maddie Sewell also picked up third-place points on the 1-meter with a score of 269.78.

The swimmers kicked off with the Spartan relays as the women's team of Brooke Telander, Shelby Lacy, Sarah Love and Emily Parsons finished second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.08.

For the fourth-straight meet, Becca Berman earned an individual win in the 1,000 freestyle as she clocked a time of 10:21.56. Summer Strickler earned her fourth-straight individual win in the 200 freestyle, hitting the wall in 1:54.02. She also won first-place points for the Spartans with a win in the 100 freestyle, posting in a time of 52.19.

In the 100 backstroke, Lauren Daugherty took first-place honors with a season-best time of 58.45.

In an exciting 200 butterfly race, Elizabeth Brown just barely missed out on another individual win, posting a time of 2:05.20 for second place. Marina Borri took home an individual win in the 200 breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:21.94. With another season-best time of 5:03.62, Chelsea Abbott earned a win for the Spartans in the 500 freestyle.

The women ended on a high note as the team of Telander, Strickler, Love and Parsons earned first-place honors in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.38.

On the men's side, the 200 medley relay team of Sam Schulze, Nick Roberts, Kyle Workman and Eric Chisholm clocked a time of 1:33.10 to place second. In the 1,000 freestyle, Jon Burke finished second overall with a time of 9:41.00.

Earning first-place points for the Spartans was Bryan Williams who posted a time of 1:51.45 for an individual win. He was followed closely by Nate Weeks, who picked up a third-place finish with a time of 1:54.08. Williams earned his second win of the evening in the 100 butterfly, clocking a time of 48.76.

In the 200 freestyle, Williams finished second overall with a season-best time of 1:40.66. Kyle Workman posted a season-best time in the 50 freestyle to place third overall. In the 100 freestyle, Pat Falconer also clocked a season-best time of 47.02 to finish second.

Drew Goins finished first for the Spartans in the 200 backstroke, recording his season-best time of 1:53.83 for second-place. In the 200 breaststroke, Nick Roberts also finished with a season-best time of 2:08.66. Jon Burke fought a hard battle in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, placing second overall with season-best times of 4:41.44 and 9:41.00, respectively.

Allowing the women a break, the men's team will travel to South Bend, Ind., for a dual meet with Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. ET.



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