Jan. 24, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Due to inclement weather for Denison University, the Michigan State swimming and diving team will compete in a intra-squad meet on Saturday, Jan. 25. at 2 p.m. The meet, held at McCaffree Pool in IM West, will also be 2014 Senior Day celebrating a total of 16 Spartans in their last home meet.
Last Time Out
The Spartans had a thriller on Thursday night as they hosted Oakland in a co-ed dual meet. The women bounced back after suffering three losses last weekend to top the Golden Grizzlies 163-135 led by six individual event wins and two first-place relay teams. In what came down to the final 400 freestyle relay, the men took first and third-place points to seal a close victory and their first dual meet win of the season with a score of 154.5-143.5.
The women's 200 medley relay team of Brooke Telander, Shelby Lacy, Sarah Love and Emily Parsons swam a 1:46.35 to earn first-place points. Summer Strickler took two individuals wins in the meet, scoring first place points in both the 100 (51.84) and 200 freestyle (1.52.71). It was Strickler's fourth win in the 200 freestyle this season. Also posting two event wins was Elizabeth Brown in the 100 (57.43) and 200 butterfly (2:03.88). The women's 400 freestyle relay team of Strickler, Marcella Kupraszewicz, Elizabeth Good and Parsons took first place with a time of 3:31.01. Taylor Folkerstma, Telander, Pugh, and Love followed as they placed third with a time of 3:36.84. On the boards, Alison Menizes took first place on both the 1 and 3-meter with a scores of 274.72 and 310.88, respectively.
On the men's side, the 200 medley relay team of Sam Schulze, Alec Kandt, Kyle Workman and Bryan Williams took first-place points with a time of 1:28.63. The Spartans continued to roll as Rodriguez (57.25) posted a season-best time to win the 100 breaststroke. In the 100 butterfly, Williams also placed first with a time of 48.92 for his seventh win in the event this season. A tie for first was called in the 50 freestyle as Falconer swam a 21.02. In the final event of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, the Spartans needed to take first to win the meet. They did just that as the team of Falconer, Moore, Workman and McGowan swam a 3:00.33 to seal first place and the men's first win of the season. They were followed closely by Austerman, Chisholm, Schulze and Nick Marsh placed third with a time of 3:08.71, touching out the Oakland team one lane over by .29 seconds. On the boards, the MSU men's team took first and second in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter behind the efforts of Brennan Labar and Charlie Maurer.
2014 Senior Day
The Spartans will celebrate the 2014 senior class made up of eight men and eight women who have anchored the MSU squad. The following Spartan swimmers and divers will be recognized at the meet:
Jacob Austermann (Huntington Woods, Mich.) – Austermann is a distance freestyle competitor who owns a career-best time of 4:33.67 from the 2013 TYR Invitational. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Austermann will be graduating with a degree in finance.
Pat Falconer (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) – Falconer holds the second-best 200 freestyle time in school history with a time of 1:36.29, sits at sixth in the record books in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:24.66 and the 10th-fastest time in MSU history in the 100 freestyle, swimming a career-best 44.89 at the 2013 TYR Invitational. A 2012-13 Academic All Big-Ten Selection, Falconer will earn a degree in urban and regional planning.
Drew Goins (Rochester, Mich.) – Goins has competed for the Spartans in the multiple events, with the third-best 200 backstroke time on the team this season with a career-best 1:49.48 from the 2013 TYR Invtitational. He is an applied engineering sciences major and twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Nick McGowan (Franklin, Mich.) – McGowan owns the fourth-best 100 and 200 backstroke times in MSU history with a career-best 49.43 and 1:47.19, respectively. He also stands at sixth in school history in the 100 freestyle, posting a personal-best time of 44.73. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, he will be graduating with a degree in finance.
Nick Roberts (Tinley Park, Ill.) – Roberts landed himself in the MSU record books in three events with the fifth-best 400 individual medley time of 3:55.74, sixth-fastest 200 breaststroke time of 2:01.93 and the ninth-best 200 individual medley time of 1:50.40. Roberts will earn a degree in chemistry and has been an Academic All-Big Ten selection twice in his collegiate career.
Sam Schulze (Grand Haven, Mich.) - A Spartan sprinter, Schulze owns the top-time in the 50 backstroke for MSU this season with a time of 22.90 and has been a solid contributor on the Spartan relays. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Schulze will be graduating from Michigan State with a degree in nursing.
Michael Uggeri (Mattawan, Mich.) – Uggeri holds the 10th-fastest 100 backstroke time in school history with a time of 49.98. This season, he posted a career-best time of 48.89 in the 100 butterfly to move into the MSU record books. He will earn a degree in mechanical engineering and twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Bryan Williams (Troy, Mich.) – Williams has been a consistent contributor for the Spartans, winning the 100 butterfly seven times this season in the event which he sits at third in the MSU record books with a time of 47.21. He also holds the second-fastest time in MSU history in the 200 butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:46.59 and was a member of the school record-breaking 200 medley relay from the 2013 Big Ten Championships. Williams will earn a degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science and has twice been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Cristee Cordes (Comstock Park, Mich.) – Cordes has been a standout diver for the Spartans this season on both the 1 and 3-meter boards, earning two individual titles on the 1-meter and one on the 3-meter and represented the Spartans at the 2013 NCAA Zone Diving Championships. An Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2012-13, Cordes is a pre-med major and will graduate with a degree in kinesiology.
Jessica Cutler (Rockford, Mich.) – Cutler is an multi-event competitor for the Spartans who owns the second-best time on the team in the 200 individual medley with a career-best 2:07.79 from the 2013 TYR Invitational. An education major, Cutler earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012-13.
Lauren Daugherty (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – Daughterty made her way into the MSU record books as she owns the sixth-fastest 100 backstroke time with a career-best time of 56.79. She will earn a degree in hospitality business.
Marcella Kupraszewicz (Hudsonville, Mich.) – Kupraszewicz has contributed to the Spartans in both the butterfly events and Spartan relays. She owns the third-best time this season in the 100 butterfly with a career-best time of 56.77 from the 2013 TYR Invitational. An Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2012-13, Kupraszewicz will graduate with a degree in packaging.
Summer Strickler (Midland, Mich.) – A Spartan standout and major competitor on the MSU women’s team, Strickler has earned four wins in the 200 freestyle this season. She owns the school record in the event with a career-best time of 1:49.97 and tied the MSU record in the 100 freestyle with a career-best time of 50.31 at the 2013 Winter National Championships. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Strickler will be graduating from Michigan State with a degree in marketing.
Brooke Telander (Evergreen, Ill.) – Telander has been a contributor for the Spartans in the backstroke events and on the Spartan relays. She owns a career-best time in the 100 backstroke of 57.33 and was a member of the 2011-12 200 freestyle relay that broke the school record with a time of 1:32.00. Telander will earn a degree in mathematics with a specialization in actuarial science.
Jessica Wellick (Wheaton, Ill.) – Wellick made her way into the MSU record books, posting the eight-fastest time in school history in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.82. Wellick will earn a degree in hospitality business and has twice been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Whitney Woodbridge (Saginaw, Mich.) – Woodbridge has competed as a freestyle specialist for the Spartans throughout her collegiate career. With the fifth-fastest time on the team this season in the 200 freestyle, Woodbridge recorded a time of 1:55.40. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Woodbridge will be graduating with a degree in kinesiology.
The Spartans will take a weekend off before they continue their busy meet schedule as the team heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face in-state and conference rival Michigan. The women will take on the Wolverines on Friday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Spartan men will have a dual meet at Michigan at 12 p.m., while the women travel down to take on Toledo at 1 p.m.