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Swimming And Diving Updates From The Desk Of Matt Gianiodis

Dec. 21, 2007

This past Friday, the team participated in helping at the Lansing Salvation Army toy distribution center. This is the second consecutive year that we have done this. This event is organized exclusively by our upperclassmen. It is an event of which we can all be proud. Along with the pictures here, you can check out other pictures at:

We have the final academic report for the Fall 2006 semester and both teams finished well. The women posted a 3.22 and the men had a 3.11. Considering the large number of freshman we have, we did have a respectable semester. We did have four women with a straight 4.0 semester: Kara Wackerle, Jenny Korn, Julie Kahn and Carly Zenk. Both teams qualified for Academic All-American honors awards for the semester.

I want to congratulate Kent Johnson, Dan Batchelor and the Munley family for being our 2007 Heusner Service Award winners. All of these winners are very deserving, based on their unwavering support of our program. The Heusner award is the most prestigious award that we give to our alumni, and it will be presented on Oct. 13, 2007 at the 2007 alumni meet during Homecoming weekend.

This is holiday time and I want to hand out a few "gifts" to recognize some of the people who do things largely behind the scene for our program. While their work goes largely unnoticed, they are vital members of our program. My inaugural holiday Spartan awards go to:

Phil Weichman-Phil runs our timing system for our home meets. He is also a contributor to the Ralph Young Fund for swimming and diving.

John Ricci-John is our motor coach operator. He has been in this position for the last six years. Our lives are literally in his hands, and he always gets us home safely.

Nancy Wing- Nancy is our secretary. She has been in that position for 10 years, and as you may guess, without her nothing would get done here.

Joel Eddy-Former coach here at MSU, Joel is the pool director at Michigan State. He provides our program with great training times and with as much pool space as possible. Joel also officiates our home meets.

Looking back on 2006 one last time, I want to say thank you one last time to everyone across the state, who has helped us in our recruiting. The perception of Michigan State swimming and diving has changed dramatically. It is a testament to our kids and my staff, but it also is a confirmation that high school and clubs coaches across the state are gaining respect for our program. Thank you.

This is it for 2006. Our team takes off on Dec. 28 for the tropics, and we'll be back on Jan. 5. When I get home, I'll provide you all with the details from our training trip.

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2007!

Until next time,
Matt G



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