Nov. 29, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - One relay and one individual swimmer from the Michigan State swim team made it to the day one finals of the U.S. Winter Nationals meet on Thursday in Austin, Texas. The first day concluded with the Michigan State men's team tied for fifth place with 43 points, while the women have no team score.
After qualifying for the `A' final in the morning prelims, the men's 200 freestyle relay team of placed sixth with a time of 1:20.61 at the evening finals. The prelim relay team of junior Sam Schulze, senior Josh Geschwendt, junior Pat Falconer and junior Nick McGowan stopped the clock in 1:21.73 for a sixth-place qualifying finish. The finals team included Schulze, junior Bryan Williams, Falconer and McGowan.
Freshman Michelle Garland swam the 200 individual medley in the morning prelims with a time of 2:04.69 for 46th overall. The men's 200 individual medley saw three Spartans racing against the competition in the prelims. Senior Jacob Jarzen placed 13th overall with time of 1:46.40, an NCAA provisional time, to qualify for the evening finals. Jarzen later recorded a time of 1:46.83 in the `B' final, placing sixth.
In the prelim of the 50 freestyle, senior Jenny Rusch swam a time of 23.19 to place 32nd overall. Stopping the clock in 20.71, junior Bryan Williams finished in 43rd place in the men's 50 freestyle prelim.
Day two of competition will begin tomorrow, Nov. 30 with prelims starting at 9 a.m. and finals set for 5 p.m.