Jan. 20, 1998

Spartans Blast Past Rockets in Women's Swimming and Diving

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team pulled out a convincing victory over the Toledo Rockets earlier today by the score of 154-66. The victory increased the overall record of the Spartans to 3-2 while their conference record remains 0-2. The Spartans came out victorious in 12 of the 13 events.

Seniors Anne Illgen and Shannon Elliot, who each won two events, led the Spartans. Illgen won the 1000-freestyle with a time of 10:30.36 and broke her own pool record in the 200-butterfly with a time of 2:05.05. Elliot came out victorious in the 200-individual medley (2:12.39) and the 100-freestyle (53.79). Also winning freestyle events were sophomores Catrin Lenfers and Dianne Oliver, and junior Dawn Polk. Lenfers won the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:56.33 while Oliver defeated her opponents in the 50-freestyle in 24.34. Polk was victorious in the 500-freestyle (5:09.43). Junior Rachel Frumkin came up with the win in the 200-breaststroke with a time of 2:23.52. Junior Kim Zieman swept the diving competition once again, winning both the 1-(269.25) and 3-meter (296.48) events.

In addition to the individual competition, the Spartans also fared well in the relays. The team of Jami Archambault, Sarah Salenski, Lenfers, and Elliot won the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:56.60 while Lenfers, Julie Ruby, Ilaria Sciorelli, and Sarah Stover were victorious in the 400-freestyle relay.

The Spartans will return to action on Saturday, January 24, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Evanston, Ill., to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.

Michigan State Men's Swimming and Diving Team Loses Heartbreaker to Toledo

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team's meet with the University of Toledo went down to the wire Tuesday night with the Rockets pulling out the victory 122-121. The Spartans move to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten.

The meet was very competitive throughout with the lead changing hands six different times. Freshman John Munley paced Michigan State's effort. He won the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:40.39, and the 500 freestyle in 4:37.66. The Spartans also received strong performances from junior captain John Bruesch, who won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.50, and junior Michael Mulshine who dramatically took the 200-meter butterfly race. Mulshine won the race with a time of 1:54.16 edging out Toledo swimmer Brian Fulling who finished in 1:54.21. Spartan diver Jeremy Hertza pitched in on the effort with a win in the 1-meter diving competition. He finished with a combined score of 252.91.

The Spartans will return to action on Saturday, January 24, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to take on the Northwestern Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Spartan men's swimming and diving team will return to East Lansing for the final time this season on Friday, January 30 at 7 p.m. Michigan State will take on the Indiana Hoosiers for "Senior Day". All of the Michigan State senior swimmers and divers will be honored before the final home contest of the 1997-98 campaign.