Nov. 17, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Michigan State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued competition at the Magnus Cup Invitational. The meet, hosted by Cleveland State University, held the second day of competition with the MSU women holding strong to first with a score of 1197, while the men fell to fourth with a score of 713.5.
The women sparked the second day finals by finishing second and third in the 200 medley relay. The second-place team of junior Lauren Daugherty, freshman Marina Borri, senior Tori Merritt and junior Brooke Telander clocked a time of 1:43.85, while the third-place team of freshman Nicole Huffman, sophomore Shelby Lacy, freshman Elizabeth Brown and freshman Emily Parsons posted a time of 1:47.65.
In the 400 individual medley, sophomore Hannah Pugh, placing second, and freshman Chelsea Abbott who finished fourth, both broke the meet record with a times of 4:31.31 and 4:32.97, respectively.
Freshman Ian Rodriguez finished second in the men’s 400 individual medley, also breaking the meet record with a time of 4:01.86.
MSU dominated the women’s 100 butterfly, sweeping the third- through eighth-place finishes. Brown led the pack with a time of 56.42 for third, senior Alexandra Pierce took fourth with a time of 56.51, Merritt was fifth (57.85), freshman Betsy Good (57.88) was sixth, freshman Jessika Hall was seventh (58.41), and junior Jessica Wellick finished eighth (58.95).
Junior Summer Strickler claimed an individual win in the 200 freestyle, breaking the meet record with a season-best time of 1:50.51.
In the 100 breaststroke, Borri broke the meet record, posting a season-best time of 1:04.30 to place second. Lacy finished fourth, stopping the clock at 1:06.95.
Sophomore Bahadir Senel and freshman Chad Cathey both broke the meet record in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Senel finished second with a time of 56.73, while Cathey placed third, posting a season-best time of 56.82.
Daughtery and Pierce finished third and fourth in the 100 backstroke. They both posted season-best times as Daughterly clocked a time of 57.45 and Pierce recorded a time of 58.51.
The women ended the night posting a second-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of junior Molly Mason, Good, Pugh and Pierce stopped the clock in 7:41.40.
The men also finished second in the 800 freestyle relay, as the team of Rodriguez, sophomore Rob McGowan, junior Drew Goins and junior Jacob Austermann clocked a time of 6:54.77.
On the boards, sophomore Alison Menzies won the three-meter event for the fifth-straight meet this season. She scored a 271.30 to beat out the competition.
The final day of competition will begin tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 18. Prelims are schedule for 9 a.m., followed by the finals at 5 p.m.