Swimming & Diving
Spartan Seniors Prepare For Finale
Last weekend was the final dual meet competition for 14 members of the Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving team. These six men and eight women have contributed thousands of hours of hard work and dedication to the Spartan program.
Our first Spartan to be honored is Katherine Booms. She has been an important member of the Spartan swim team in the backstroke and sprint events throughout her career. Originally from Milford, Michigan, Katie is an advertising major.
Throughout his career, Aaron Benore has been a valuable member of the Spartan lineup in the backstroke and individual medley events. Hailing from Grand Blanc, Michigan, Aaron has competed at each of the Big Ten Championships over his career. An engineering and business major, Aaron was a member of the 2002 Academic All-Big Ten team.
Deb Hollon has saved the best for last, setting lifetime bests in all of her events this season. The Carlisle, Pennsylvania native has competed in each of the last three Big Ten Championships. A community nutrition graduate student, Deb has been a valuable and versatile member of the Spartan swimming team.
Chalfont, Pennsylvania native Deb O'Neil placed her name in the MSU record books as a member of the school record setting 400-medley relay team in 2002. Majoring in business, Deb has been a versatile member of the MSU team, bringing consistency and an unmatched work ethic with her. Deb has swam in multiple events and competed at every Big Ten Championship during her career.
Amy Sickles has been an important member of the team for the Spartans in the backstroke and individual medley events. The Bridgeport, West Virginia kinesiology major has posted season-best times each season at the Big Ten Championships.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, David Sloan has been a key part of the Spartans' success in the butterfly and individual medley events over his four-year career with the Green and White. David has competed in at least three events at the Big Ten Championships during each of his first three seasons. An Academic All-Big Ten member in 2001 and 2002, David is a supply chain management major.
A former walk-on, Katie Sophiea has proved invaluable to the Spartan program in the fly events. The Pleasant Ridge, Michigan native has competed in the Big Ten Championships all three years. Katie is an English major, who was selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2001 and 2002.
After just one full season at Michigan State, Karl Sunryd has rewritten the MSU record books in several events. Originally from Molndal, Sweden, Karl made his impact immediately felt after transferring from Iowa State prior to his junior year, setting a new school record in the 100 backstroke. He was also a member of the school record-setting 200 medley relay team. A supply chain management major who carries a 3.94 GPA, Karl finished seventh in the 100 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships last season and was a member of the seventh-place 200 medley relay team.
The only senior member of the Spartan men's diving team is Nick Visscher, of Holland, Michigan. A former walk-on, Nick was a consolation finalist at both the 2001 and 2002 Big Ten Championships and competed at the NCAA Diving Zones in 2002. A zoology major, Nick was named the Big Ten Conference Diver of the Week on December 23. He also swept both boards in his final dual-meet at Oakland, winning the one- and three-meter events.
Contributing in the breaststroke and butterfly events over the past four years is Heather Wellings. A native of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Heather has competed at the Big Ten Championships during each of her first-three seasons. A dietetics major, Heather was a member of the 2002 Academic All-Big Ten Team.
The only diver on the Spartan women's senior roster is co-captain Stephanie Anisko. Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Stephanie has competed at the NCAA Diving Zones each of the last two years. A two-time winner of the MSU Swimming and Diving Commitment Award, she has swept four diving competitions this season and is a three-time Big Ten Diver of the Week. Stephanie, a kinesiology major, succeeds not only in the water, but in the classroom as well. She was a member of the 2002 Academic All-Big Ten team and the 2002 Verizon At-Large Academic All-District team.
Co-captain Joe Brennan has been a crucial component to the Spartans success throughout his four years. A consolation finalist at the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Big Ten Championships, Joe was also named an NCAA alternate in the 500-freestyle in 2001. Originally from Poway, California, Joe is a mechanical engineering major, who was named to the 2002 Academic All-Big Ten team. Recently named the Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week, Joe was also honored with the Jack Seibold Sparty Award for Leadership in 2002.
Spartan co-captain and final men's team senior honoree is Nick DeFauw. A former walk-on, Nick is a member of the school record-setting 200-medley relay team. A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Nick is a pre-med major in the Lyman Briggs Honors College and a member of the 2002 Academic All-Big Ten team. Nick has competed in every Big Ten Championship meet and was the fastest Spartan in the 50 freestyle last season.
Co-captain Kate Duncombe has left her mark on the Michigan State record books. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Kate holds the school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, as well as the 200 individual medley events. She is also a member of the record-setting 400-medley relay team and holds three pool records. Once the 2000 Outstanding Freshman award winner, Kate has been a two-time NCAA Qualifier in the 100 and 200 backstroke and a championship finalist at the 2001 and 2002 Big Ten Championships. Majoring in business, Kate has been a member of the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2001 and 2002.
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