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Swim and Dive Women Fall in Final Dual Meet

Morgan Piasecki swam an impressive anchor leg in the 200 free relay to give the Spartans a first-place finish.

Jan. 27, 2012

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team closed out their dual season with a narrow defeat down in Ann Arbor against in-state foe, Michigan. The Spartans picked up titles in three races, but fell to the Wolverines, 171-120.

"I was really pleased with the way we swam tonight," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We had some good races, stayed competitive and now know where we need to improve for Big Ten's in a few weeks."

The Spartans started off a bit slow at the beginning of the meet, but picked up momentum throughout with most of their wins in the final races.

In the 1000 free, Becca Berman took third in a time of 10:24.11. MSU then picked up a couple of second-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke with Shelby Lacy clocking in at 1:04.79 and Hannah Pugh in the 200 butterfly at 2:05.45. Pugh later followed that performance up with another second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.10).

Samantha Hilk took second in the 200 backstroke (2:06.37) and in the 500 free, Whitney Woodbridge came in runner-up at 5:08.29.

The Spartans then picked up a win and a couple of personal season-bests in the 100 fly as Laura Leslie clocked in at 57.56 and Pugh won the 200 IM in 2:08.43.

Jenny Rusch had another all-around solid performance. She was narrowly edged out in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in a second place time of 23.83, but bounced back and swam the opening leg of the Spartans first-place 200 free relay. Morgan Piasecki swam the anchor leg of that race, with an impressive 23.49 split as the team finished overall at 1:35.32.

On the boards, the Jordan Jackson and Sarah Clay duo went two-three, respectively in both events. Jackson scored a total of 316.13 on the 3-meter and Clay was just behind with a 297.83 score. In a much tighter race on the one-meter Jackson posted a 302.85, with Clay a mere point behind at 301.65.

The team will now take the next few weeks off from competition to prepare for the women's Big Ten Championships on Feb. 15. The four-day meet will be held in Iowa City, Iowa.



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