Dec. 2, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State swimming and diving team concluded the first day of competition at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the Ohio State Invitational on Friday. The teams competed in just five swimming races and the one-meter diving competition during day one.
Senior Sarah Clay was the top performer for the team, taking first place in the one-meter event with a score of 295.45. This marks Clay's fourth first-place finish on the one-meter board this season.
In the 200 IM, Alexandra Pierce touched the wall at 2:04.19, knocking three seconds off her prelim round, to give her a 17th place finish. Jacob Jarzen gave the men one of their highest placements of the day, at ninth in the same event and a time of 1:49.21.
The team fared well in the final relay of the night, with the women taking 13th place in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:51.86 and the men finishing in 12th (3:22.84).
In a field largely dominated by top-times from Ohio State and Purdue, head coach Matt Gianiodis was pleased with the team's effort but knows there's still things to improve upon.
"We had some good swims tonight," said Matt Gianiodis. "There weren't necessarily a lot of good places but some good swims to look at and improve upon. Definitely solid."
"And our divers did an excellent job. Sarah won in a pretty tough field and a win is always great. She did a nice job."
The second day of competition begins Saturday morning (Dec. 2) with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals to follow that evening at 5 p.m. To see updated results throughout the invite click here