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Michigan State Swimming and Diving Take Home Dual Victories

Senior Lauren Baisden led off the winning 200 medley relay to spark the victory against GVSU.

Nov. 9, 2012

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JENISON, Mich. - The Michigan State Swimming and Diving program claimed a pair of victories over Grand Valley State University on Friday night in Jenison, Mich. The fifth-annual meet was held at Jenison High School, where the women won 189-108 and the men defeated the Lakers 167.5-132.5.

"I was happy with what we did," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "This is the first win that we've had all year, so that's nice. We had a big crowd, a good crowd. So it worked out for everyone. Jenny (Rusch) did well and we had some other people step up, so that was nice to see. We had really good diving again. On the guys side, we had to lean a little bit on Bryan Williams, which was not the intention. But he came through and swam really well, winning four events. Jake did a good job, too. We had some nice swims tonight."

The women kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The team of Lauren Baisden, Shelby Lacy, Tori Merritt and Jenny Rusch stopped the clock in 1:46.99 to take the win. 

The women went one, two and three in the women's 1,000 freestyle as senior Becca Berman finished first with a time of 10:26.78, freshman Chelsea Abbott clocked in at 10:31.75 for second and junior KJ Burkland took third with a season-best time of 10:38.25.

MSU again took first through third-place finishes in the 200 freestyle, led by sophomore Paige Kostishak winning the event with a time of 1:55.39. She was followed by seniors Alexandra Pierce taking second place in 1:55.55 and Kristen O'Connor finishing third in 1:56.91.

Freshman Elizabeth Brown won the 200 butterfly for the fourth time this season, as she has finished first in the event in every meet this year. She stopped the clock in a season-best time of 2:05.48. 

Rusch took home her second individual win in the 50 freestyle this season as she posted a 23.71. Junior Summer Strickler took first-place in the 100 freestyle, recording a time of 52.64.

In the 200 backstroke, the Spartans claimed first, second and third-place finishes with freshmen Marina Borri taking the win in 2:22.72 and Michelle Garland placing second with a time of 2:24.98. Sophomore Hannah Pugh picked up a third-place finish, posting a 2:26.82. 

The women followed one, two and three finish in the 500 freestyle as Kostishak claimed her second individual win of the night with a time of 5:09.57, Burkland took second in 5:11.59 and Berman finished third with a time of 5:11.93.

Pierce claimed an individual win in the 200 individual medley for the second-straight meet, posting a season-best time of 2:07.34.

On the men's side, junior Bryan Williams took the Spartans first win of the meet in the 1,000 freestyle, stopping the clock in 9:41.31. He also won the 100 freestyle, recording a time of 45.86. Williams later claim his fourth-straight win in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.71.

In the 200 butterfly, the Spartans claimed first and third-place points as junior Michael Uggeri took home the win with a time of 1:55.42 and sophomore David Zoltowski recorded a 1:57.25, good for third.

The Spartans also took first, second and third-place points away from the Lakers in the 500 freestyle as senior Jacob Jarzen won his first individual event of the night with a time of 4:41.57. Junior Jacob Austermann took second-place, posting a season-best time of 4:42.17 while junior Nick Roberts finished third with a time of 4:44.30.

The men closed out the meet by claiming first and second-place in the 200 freestyle relay. The winning team of Williams, Josh Geschwendt, Jarzen and Pat Falconer clocked in a time of 1:23.27.

Michigan State had a successful night on the boards as junior Alison Menzies claimed a win on the 1-meter for the third-straight meet this season, scoring a season-high score of 283.80. She later broke the 300-mark in the 3-meter, claiming her fourth-straight win in the event with a career-high score of 300.45. 

Freshman Charles Maurer took home an individual win on the 1-meter for the second time this season as he scored a season-high of 273.07. His fellow Spartan and freshman Jason Butler finished second in the event with another season-high score of 249.37.

The two divers later switched places in the 3-meter as Butler claimed first, recording a season-high score of 274.58. Maurer took second-place with his season-high score of 236.25.

Next weekend, the Spartans will travel to Cleveland State for the Viking College Invitational. The three-day meet will begin on Friday, Nov. 16 and will consist of morning prelims at 9 a.m. followed by the finals at 5 p.m.



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