Jan. 25, 2007
Our dual meet season came to close last Friday night. Neither our men's nor our women's records ended up where we had hoped. The men in particular never got any breaks and finished at 1-6. The women finished a little better at 3-5-1.
At Oakland, we had many great performances by a lot of people. For the men, Adam Schmitt continued his great season, winning three individual events. Sho Koba won the 200 freestyle. Jason Vadney swam hard in both the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly. Chris Olszewski had a great meet. Perhaps, the swimmer of the meet was Mike Van Beek; he swam his heart out in the 1000 and 500 freestyle.
For the women we had great performances by Sasha Lewerenz in the backstrokes, Julie Kahn won the 100 freestyle, Mara Loniewski won the 200 freestyle, and Sarah Biasello got her first win in the 200 breaststroke. It was also nice to see Megan Reponen, a swimmer who embodies what it is to be a Spartan, win both the 200 and 100 butterfly.
Throughout the dual-meet season, we've trying to figure out what direction we'd like to go in when we get to the Big Ten Meet. With that in mind, I made so many mistakes this year in dual meet lineups that it cost our men at least two victories; however, we have seen real progress from October to today. The question of course is how much progress we'll see in February? Of course, we're hoping a lot.
There is a little mix-up on our schedule on the dates for the Men's Big Ten Championships in Columbus. The dates are Thursday, Feb. 15- Saturday, Feb. 17.
The event schedule goes as follows:
Thursday: 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM , 500 freestyle, one-meter diving, 400 freestyle relay
Friday: 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter, 800 free relay
Saturday 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 400 freestyle relay
That is also the same event schedule for the women's meet in Minneapolis Feb. 8-10.
Congrats to Johan Sunryd, who this past week was accepted into graduate school in molecular biology at the University of Massachusetts.
So, it is getting close to the end of the season. We are in taper time at the pool, and the Spartans are getting ready.
Until next time,