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Coach G's Blog - Celebrating Men's Senior Day

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

Feb. 7, 2013

We have our senior day for the men’s team this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m.  at the IM west pool against Michigan. We have the opportunity to celebrate the careers of three great Spartans.  All three have been catalysts in a resurgence of our program.  Since 2009, our program has accomplishments not seen around here in quite a while. Collectively, all three have established high standards and they have been able to put our program on a national stage. I am very proud that all three will leave as accomplished varsity student-athletes.

Mark Gammell:  Mark is a Criminal Justice major from Dayton, OH. A former walk-on, Mark has provided depth in the backstroke events. He owns a top-10 time in the 200 backstroke. He has been a great representative of our program.

Josh Geschwendt: Josh is an engineering major from Zeeland, Mich. Josh has spent much of his career tormenting Kathleen with his interesting approach to training. He has a varsity record in the 400 freestyle relay and he has a top 10 swim in the 100 butterfly.

Jacob Jarzen: Jacob is a pre-dental major from Jacksonville, IL. “The Snake” will finish his career as one of the most decorated swimmers in MSU history. He owns nine short course and four long course team records. He has improved to become world-ranked in his 100 butterfly. He has proven that Michigan State is a place where you can train, compete and succeed at a high level.

If you have a chance, please come out to IM west on Saturday and cheer on the Spartans.

Also, check out our facebook fan page and watch the short film on Amanda Mercer and her record-setting relay swim across the English Channel last July.

Until next time,

Matt G



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