Nov. 22, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State swimming and diving team concluded the first day of competition at the TYR Invitational on the campus of Northwestern University on Friday. After 14 events, the Spartan men sit in second place with 270.5 points, while the women are in fourth place with 193 points.
“We had a pretty good day,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We got a lot accomplished. I was a little disappointed with how our relays went, but by and large it was good day. For what we wanted to get out of this meet, I think we’re doing what we want to do. But we have a lot of work ahead of us. We need people to grasp the opportunity a little bit better. We’ll see how that works.”
Jon Burke clocked a personal-best time of 4:28.48 to place third overall in the 500 freestyle, while Adam Marsh finished fourth with a season-best time of 4:30.45 and Jake Austermann posted a time of 4:38.79 for eighth-place overall.
In the 200 individual medley, Nate Week and Rodriguez each qualified for the championship final, posting times of 1:52.67 and 1:52.92, respectively.
Four Spartans finished in the top-eight of the 50 freestyle as Schulze earned second-place points with a time of 20.87, Williams finished fourth with a time of 21.11, Falconer placed fifth with a time of 21.14 and Workman clocked a time of 21.42 for eighth place.
The men concluded a strong first day with a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay as Nick McGowan, Kant, Williams and Falconer recorded a season-best time of 3:17.70.
On the women’s side, MSU turned in a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle relay as the team of Sarah Love, Talyor Folkerstma, Brooke Telander and Summer Strickler posted a season-best time of 1:33.64.
In the 50 freestyle, Strickler turned in a runner-up finish with a season-best time of 23.58, while Telander placed eighth with a time of 23.99.
On the boards, Cristee Cordes finished second overall on the 3-meter with a score of 266.05. Alison Menzies placed third with a score of 265.30, while Maddie Sewell posted a score of 263.00 for fourth place.
The Spartans will be back in action tomorrow with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. ET and finals set for 4 p.m. ET.