Nov. 15, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team competed in a dual meet at Notre Dame on Friday evening. Though the Spartans started strong, the team fell to the Fighting Irish by a score of 103-197.
"I would say that we finished a lot better than we started," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I thought we did a nice job at the end after we got off to a really slow start. In the mile, I was really happy with Jon Bruke. He swam great and his 500 free swim was fantastic. He was probably the best performer that we had at the meet. Brennan (Labar) did a very nice job on the 1-meter diving board. His second place finish was really good. But we're going to give the guys a little rest and see if we can swim a little faster next week at the (Northwestern) Invitational."
On the boards, Brennan Labar placed second in the 1-meter event with a score of 321.50. He also put up a score of 292.80 in the 3-meter event as well. After a great meet verses Grand Valley, sophomore Charles Maurer took a step back as he finished seventh in the 1-meter with a score of 264.89. Maurer also scored a 251.70 in the 3-meter.
The Spartans kicked off the meet with a big win as Jonathon Burke won the Spartan's their first event of the night with a season-best time of 4:39.99 in the 500 freestyle. Fellow Spartan's Jake Austermann (4:45.17) and Adam Henley (4:55.87) were close behind finishing third and fifth, respectively.
With another first-place finish, Bryan Williams took home an individual win as he posted a time of 49.05 in the 100 butterfly. He was followed by third-place finisher Nate Weeks with a time of 51.89 and fourth-place finisher Jacob Moore, who clocked a time of 51.91.
The Spartans posted additional season-best performances as Nick McGowan swam a 47.05 in the 100 freestyle event, earning him a third-place finish. Alec Kandt dropped almost a full second from his previous 200-breaststroke season-best, posting a time of 2:09:08 in fourth place.
In the individual last event of the night, MSU scored second through fourth-place points in the 400 individual medley as Nate Weeks (4:09.03) placed second, David Zoltowski (4:14.74) finished third, and Ian Rodriguez (4:15.65) hit the wall fourth.
The 400 freestyle relay team took first place as Williams, McGowan, Pat Falconer and Kyle Workman beat out the closest finisher by almost eight seconds with a time of 3:04.66. The men's 200-medlay relay team of Sam Schulze, Kandt, Workman and Eric Chrisholm earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:34.40.
The men will rejoin the women as the Spartans travel to the weekend-long Northwestern Invitational on Nov. 22-24 in Evanston, Ill.