Nov. 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State swimming and diving team concluded competition at the three-day TYR Invitational on Sunday evening in Evanston, Ill. For the second-straight day, Bryan Williams (200 butterfly) and Sarah Love (50 butterfly) led the Spartans as each earned individual wins at the meet. Both teams finished second overall as the women concluded with a team score of 657 points, while the men tallied 904.5 points.
“We had some people really perform well,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “We got a couple more wins, which was cool. With the way the semester went, I’m satisfied. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. I feel pretty good about things, but our team has to realize there is a lot of work ahead of us. Our kids did a great job. At the end, our kids did well in the relays. Coming off of a short rest, we performed pretty well.”
Two Spartans place in the top-10 of the 1,650 freestyle as Becca Berman and Chelsea Abbott finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Berman hit the wall in 16:54.34, while Abbott clocked a time of 17:04.49.
Sarah Love won her second event of the meet, earning first-place honors in the 50 butterfly with a time of 25.29. Also swimming in the evening final of the event was Marcella Kupraszewicz, who clocked a time of 25.74 for fourth overall.
Marina Borri represented Michigan State in the evening final of the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:20.13 for fourth place overall. In the 50 backstroke, Brooke Telander finished fifth with a time of 27.04.
On the men’s side, Bryan Williams claimed an individual win in the 200 butterfly, posting a time of 1:48.23. Also swimming in the final was Nate Weeks, who posted a time of 1:51.31 for a fourth-place finish.
The Spartans had two swimmers in the finals of the 200 backstroke as Sam Hiller (1:49.36) and Nick McGowan (1:49.76) finished fifth and sixth overall, respectively. Drew Goins also posted a time of 1:51.73 to place eighth in the event.
In the 100 freestyle, three Spartans placed in the top-eight led by Pat Falconer in third with a time of 44.89. He was followed by Kyle Workman placing fifth with a time of 45.66 and Bryan Williams in sixth with a time of 46.10.
Continuing with a stellar meet, Alec Kandt posted a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:00.65. Representing the Spartan sprint group, Sam Schulze (23.49) and Workman (23.55) placed sixth and seventh, respectively in the 50 backstroke.
The men capped off the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of Falconer, Workman, McGowan and Williams recorded a time of 3:00.33.
The Spartans will take a 10-day break before heading off to the U.S. Swimming Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 5-7.