Swimming & Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving Begins Big Ten Championships on Wednesday
Feb. 16, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team will travel to Purdue University for the 2010 Big Ten Championships which begin Wednesday (Feb. 17) and run through Saturday. Competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday with just two events - the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
With 13 seniors set to compete in their final Big Ten Championships, the Spartans have the most experience as they've had in recent years.
"I'm excited," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We also have a lot of experience at Purdue, having competed there earlier this season for three days. So, we have a lot of kids not only with Big Ten experience, but experience at Purdue as well. We feel really comfortable going down there."
While the Spartans have certainly been aided by their strong senior leadership, the team has also received strong support from its freshmen class. Rookies Jenny Rusch and Rachel Wilson have combined for the team's fastest times in five different freestyle events while fellow freshmen Lauren Baisden has the team's top time in the 200 fly and Alex Pierce has the team's fastest 200 IM time.
The Spartans enter the Championships coming off solid performances in their final two dual meets of the season - having handily defeated Oakland and St. Bonaventure.
"I think we've been more consistent," Gianiodis said. "We've been good since the end of November. We had a lot of sickness early on and we got through that pretty well and since then we've been pretty consistent."
On the boards, MSU will be led by a senior, in Kayla Kalmbach, and a sophomore, Sarah Clay. Both have qualified for NCAA Zones and have been the Green and White's best divers all season.
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