Nov. 30, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Jacob Jarzen and junior Bryan Williams placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in the `A' final of the men's 100 butterfly to help the Spartans move up to a fourth-place team score of 114 points on the second day of the U.S. Nationals. The women did not compete in day two of the meet held in Austin, Texas.
The men's 200 medley relay team of junior Sam Schulze, freshman Jacob Cook, freshman Nate Weeks and senior Josh Geschwendt stopped the clock in 1:32.26 to qualify for the `B' final with a ninth-place overall finish in the prelims. In the evening, the team of junior Nick McGowan, Cook, freshman Jacob Moore and Schulze place 11th overall with a time of 1:32.55 in the finals of the 200 medley relay.
Junior Nick Roberts just missed the `C' final in the 400 individual medley as he placed 28th overall with a season-best time of 3:56.76.
Seven Spartans competed in the men's 100 butterfly prelims on Friday morning. Jarzen tied for third place in the prelims with a time of 46.65, winning a swim-off to qualify for the `A' final. Jarzen later placed fourth in the evening final, improving his time to a career-best 46.19. Williams finished in 10th-place to also qualify for the `A' final with a time of 47.61. He later posted a career-best time of 47.19 to earn a seventh-place finish in the final. Both swimmers claimed NCAA provisional times in the event.
Sophomore Kyle Workman also qualified for the evening finals in the 100 butterfly, placing 20th in the prelims with a career-best time of 48.57. He later finished eighth in the `B' final, posting a time of 48.58.
Also swimming in the prelims of the men's 100 butterfly for MSU was junior Michael Uggeri (39th, 49.69), Geschwendt (40th, 49.71), Moore (45th, 49.99) and Weeks (55th, 50.72). All were season-best times for the Spartans.
Junior Pat Falconer qualified for the final in the men's 200 freestyle, finishing 25th overall in the prelims with a season-best time of 1:38.04. In the evening, Falconer clocked a time of 1:38.23 to place 22nd in the `C' final.
In the prelims of the men's 100 breaststroke, Cook swam a season-best time of 57.28 to tie for a 47th-place overall finish.
Jarzen tied for the second time in the prelims of the men's 100 backstroke, clocking in a career-best time of 46.67 to tie for 14th-place overall and qualify for the final. On Friday night, he posted a 47.31 to place third in the `B' final.
MSU had three swimmers place 45th, 46th and 47th overall in the 100 backstroke as McGowan posted a season-best time of 50.40, Schulze swam a 50.49 and Roberts stopped the clock in a career-best time of 50.62. Uggeri also tied for 55th place with a time of 51.37 in the event.
The Spartans capped off a great day by placing fourth overall in the men's 800 freestyle relay. The team of Falconer, Jarzen, Williams and Workman stopped the clock in 6:34.40 to claim a fourth-place medal in the event.
The final day of competition will be held tomorrow, Dec. 1 with morning prelims slated for 9 a.m. and the evening finals to begin at 5 p.m.