Dec. 1, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Jacob Jarzen claimed another top-10 finish on the final day of competition at the U.S. Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas. The Michigan State men made four NCAA provisional times and finished in fourth place overall with 168 points at the meet.
"All of our swimmers did really well," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We had a lot of kids swim their best times, which is nice and very impressive. Our relays did a nice job. It was a good meet for all of us. If they can get through the next couple months without sickness and injury and get back to work on Monday, we should be all right. They all swam well and I'm happy with how it all ended up. "
To kick-off the last day of competition for the Spartans, senior Lauren Baisden placed 30th in the women's 200 backstroke with a career-best time of 2:00.80.
Jarzen clocked a season-best time of 1:42.66 in the prelims of the men's 200 backstroke, placing fourth to qualify for the evening final. He later claimed a fifth-place finish with a NCAA provisional time of 1:43.10 in the `A' final.
"Jacob (Jarzen) did great," said Gianiodis. "I know there are a lot of people around the league that are swimming very well this weekend, but if he's not Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, he should at least be top-three. He swam up against a lot of big, professional swimmers and he went right up against them. He put himself in position to really do some good stuff next semester."
Placing 48th overall, junior Nick McGowan posted a time of 1:50.95 in the prelims of the 200 backstroke.
In the prelims of the women's 100 freestyle, junior Summer Strickler stopped the clock in a career-best time of 50.39 to place 32nd overall. Teammate Jenny Rusch turned in a season-best time of 51.63 for 52nd overall.
Junior Pat Falconer swam a career-best time of 45.25 in the morning prelims of the men's 100 freestyle, finishing 40th overall. Senior Josh Geschwendt clocked a season-best time of 45.63, placing 47th. With another season-best time of 45.94, McGowan tied for 55th place.
Qualifying for the evening finals in the men's 200 butterfly, junior Bryan Williams posted a time of 1:47.48 to place 14th in the prelims. He improved to earn a ninth-place finish in the `B' final and a career-best time of 1:46.59, also a NCAA provisional cut time.
Capping off a great meet for the Green and White, the team of Jarzen, Geschwendt, Falconer and McGowan placed sixth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 2:58.92.
After a two-week hiatus, the Spartans will travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for their annual training trip from Dec. 16 through Dec. 23.