Swimming and Diving Teams Concludes First Day of Invite
Women currently in first place, men sit in third.
Nov. 16, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Michigan State men’s and women’s swimming and diving concluded the first day of the Magnus Cup Invitational hosted by Cleveland State University. The teams competed in just six events in addition to the one-meter diving competition. The women sit in first place with 579 points, while the men are in third-place with 355 points.
The women kicked off the evening finals with winning the second and third-place points in the 200 freestyle relay. The second-place team of senior Tori Merritt, freshman Emily Parsons, junior Brooke Telander and junior Summer Strickler finished in 1:33.69; while the third-place team of sophomore Taylor Folkerstma, freshman Betsy Good, junior Rachel Wilson and junior Lauren Daugherty edged out the competition with a time of 1:36.74.
Sophomore Becca Burman shaved nine seconds off her career-best time in the 500 freestyle to earn a first-place finish with a time of 4:59.22; while junior KJ Burkland finished third, posting a time of 5:01.00.
Austermann later claimed a second-place finish in the men’s 500 freestyle to post a career-best time of 4:34.68.
Freshman Ian Rodriguez claimed his first collegiate win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:52.63.
The women’s 400 medley relay team of Daugherty, Borri, Pierce and Strickler later beat out the competition to earn a first-place finish with a time of 3:48.38.
Sophomore Alison Menzies, who was named Big Ten Diver of the Week on Tuesday (Nov. 13), won the one-meter diving competition by earning a score of 258.95. This marks the fourth-straight meet this season that Menzies has won the event.
The Spartans will be back for the second day of competition on Saturday (Nov. 17) morning for prelims scheduled at 9 a.m. and finals set for 5 p.m.