Spartans Break Varsity Records At USA Winter Nationals
Ellie Roche and Ana Sortland each broke a varsity record.
EAST LANSING, Mich.-- The Michigan State swimming & diving team sent ten individuals to the USA Winter Nationals in Columbus, Ohio and came back with two broken varsity records.
Nick Leshok, Phillip Meffert, Scott Piper, Michael Schwers and Payton Woods made the trip from the men’s side, while Cathryn Armstrong, Racheal Bukowski, Ellie Roche, Ana Sortland and Erin Szara competed for the women.
Roche broke the 200 breaststroke varsity record with a 2:13.65, and is fourth in school history in the 200 IM. Sortland re-broke the 100 breaststroke record.
Bukowski finished first in the 100 freestyle with a season-best time of 49.68. This victory makes it her sixth straight in the event.
Armstrong swam a season-best 54.90 in the 100 backstroke. Szara swam a personal-best time of 1:02.74, entering herself into the all-time top ten.
In the 100 fly, Schwers’ time of 48.18 made it into the all-time top ten.
Leshok’s time of 20.18 in the 50 free and time of 48.42 in the 100 fly are season-bests, and his time in the 100 fly is a team-best. Woods’ time of 20.10 is a team-best and season-best.
The Spartans return to competition as a team on Jan. 12 at Purdue to finish the second half of their season.