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Coach G's Blog - Senior Day

Head coach Matt Gianiodis is in his ninth season leading the Spartans.

Jan. 24, 2013

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I want to thank all the fans who made it down to Bowling Green last weekend.

This Friday at 6 p.m. we will host Michigan on senior night. We have four seniors who will participate in their final home meet. It is an amazing group of women and each of them defines the term perseverance in their own way. The staff and I have been blessed to work with all four and I believe that I am a better coach through the last four years because of them. All four women have been and will continue to be great Spartans:

Lauren Baisden: Lauren has developed into one of the best backstrokers in team history. She has had a fantastic senior year and she also qualified for the Olympic Trials last summer. She has become a great leader and she has left a big imprint on our program.

Tori Merritt: Tori is a lifelong Spartan who has lived her dream of swimming at Michigan State. That dream has at times been rough-including recovering from shoulder surgery. Tori has made an incredible comeback this year.

Alexandra Pierce: Alex has been one of the most versatile swimmers in our history. She has been on relays and she has been a great competitor in her four years here at MSU. She is real Spartan and she has grown into being a reliable leader.

Jenny Rusch: Jenny came to MSU from Grosse Pointe and she has been a steady contributor. She has broken many records on her way to becoming the best sprinter in team history. She is a great person and one of the hardest workers I have ever seen.

Congratulations Senior. It is always sad for me to see kids careers wind down, but I have great faith that all four of these women will finish strong next month and then go on and lead incredible lives and represent the University well.

We have our annual tilt with Oakland on Saturday down at OU and that meet starts at 2 p.m.. Hope to see some Spartan green in what will most likely be a big crowd.

Until next time,

Matt G



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