Nov. 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State swimming and diving team improved on the second day of competition at the TYR Invitational in Evanston, Ill. The Spartans were led by individual wins by Bryan Williams and Sarah Love in the 100 butterfly. In the meet held on the campus of Northwestern, the Spartan men hold on strong to second-place overall with 563.5 points, while the women moved up to second with a team score of 442 points.
“We did pretty good tonight. Bryan (Williams) and Sarah (Love) winning their events was big. I thought our relays swam a lot better. I thought we were in some races. We’ve got some freshmen who are really doing well. Alec Kandt almost won the 100 breaststroke and made an NCAA B-cut, which is exciting. Adam Marsh is just having a really good meet. I hope we can cap it off tomorrow. It’s cool, too, being at Northwestern and watching Michigan State clinch the Division. So congratulations to the football team.”
On the boards, MSU placed four in the top-eight of the women’s 1-meter competition led by Cristee Cordes’ fourth-place finish with a score of 243.30. She was followed by Alison Menzies in fifth with a score of 237.00, Maddie Sewell with a score of 231.00 for seventh overall and Taylor Mullahy scoring 205.45 for eighth.
Stepping up on the Spartan relays, the women finished first overall in the 200 medley relay as the team of Brooke Telander, Shelby Lacy, Sarah Love and Summer Strickler clocked a season-best time of 142.80.
Michigan State placed two in the top-five in the 400 individual medley as Elizabeth Brown and Chelsea Abbott placed third and fifth, respectively. Brown posted a time of 4:23.86, while Abbott clocked a time of 4:25.50.
With her fifth individual win of the season, Sarah Love earned first-place points in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.36. Also swimming the evening final of the event was Brown (fifth; 56.11) and Marcella Kupraszewicz (seventh; 57.39).
Summer Strickler turned in a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:50.69 in the 200 freestyle, while Lacy posted a time of 1:02.90 to place second overall in the 100 breaststroke.
Representing the Spartans on the 3-meter final, Charles Maurer finished fifth overall with a score of 283.00.
Earning his first NCAA provisional cut time of the season, Williams won the 100 butterfly for the third time this season with a season-best time of 47.37. Michael Uggeri (fourth; 48.89) and Workman (sixth; 49.45) also finished in the top-eight.
MSU placed four in the final of the 200 freestyle, led by Adam Marsh in third place with a time of 1:39.65. He was followed by Pat Falconer (fourth; 1:39.66), Jake Austermann (sixth; 1:40.93) and Jon Burke (eighth; 1:41.71).
In the 100 breaststroke, Kandt finished third overall with a time of 54.91 to earn the first NCAA provisional-cut time. Also appearing in the final was Chad Cathey, who placed seventh with a time of 57.00.
Finishing in the top-eight of the 100 backstroke, Schulze posted a time of 50.77 to place seventh and Nick McGowan finished eighth overall with a time of 51.08.
Posting a third-place overall finish in the 800 freestyle relay to close out the day, the team of Williams, Austermann, Marsh and Falconer recorded a season-best time of 6:39.08.
The Spartans will wrap up competition at the invitational tomorrow, Nov. 24, with prelims to begin at 9 a.m., followed by the finals at 4 p.m.