EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team continue to grind through a busy month of January as it welcomes Oakland in the first of a back-to-back home stretch this coming weekend. The Spartans will take on the Golden Grizzlies on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. inside McCaffree Pool at IM West.
Last Time Out
The Spartans began their second weekend of jam-packed January slate, competing in five meets in three weeks.
It came down to the final event as the Michigan State women’s swimming and diving team battled Bowling Green on Friday night at East Lansing High School, but the Spartans fell to the Falcons 144-150. Though Becca Berman picked up two individual wins and the Spartans dominated the boards, BGSU took first and third-place points in the 400 freestyle relay to steal the win.
In the second meet of weekend competition, MSU fell to Eastern Michigan and Buffalo in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. The women dropped to EMU 193-106 and the Bulls by 122-178, while the men suffered a 91-209 loss to EMU and fell 124-176 to Buffalo. Picking up the sole individual win of the day, Bryan Williams took first place honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.86. He also turned in a runner-up finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:50.70.
Last weekend, Oakland participated in its first intercollegiate competition of the 2014 at the Kenyon College Winter Invitational with the men finished second among five-teams while the women took third. Leading the Golden Grizzlies, head coach Pete Hoyland enter his 33rd at the helm of both the men’s and women’s teams at Oakland.
“They get up to swim against us, there’s no doubt about that, especially when we swim there,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “I expect them to swim really fast tomorrow. I think they will be really excited to be here.”
Dominating the relays among the Horizon League, the Oakland men own the top times in the 400 free relay (2:59.43), 800 free relay (6:37.62) and 400 medley relay (3:19.28). Individually, senior Amr el Sayed holds the best times in the league in the 200 free (1:38.77), 500 free (4:26.34), 1,000 free (9:29.90) and 1,650 free (15:38.38).
On the women’s side, diver Tricia Grant has been named Horizon League Diver of the Week five times this year and set a new Oakland record in the 3-meter (344.47). Nikki Flynn also represents the Golden Grizzlies, sitting at No. 2 in the Horizon League in both the 100 and 200 free events and has been a key member of both the medley and free relay teams.
MSU will take a one-day break before returning to McCaffree Pool at IM West the men and women host Denison on Saturday, Jan. 25. The last home meet of the season will celebrate the Spartans Senior Day for both squads.