Feb. 17, 1998
Upcoming Events: Fri., Feb. 19-21, Big Ten Championship at Bloomington, Indiana
ON TO THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team will compete in the 17th Annual Big Ten Championships this weekend in Bloomington, Ind. The meet runs from Feb. 19-21. The Spartans are looking to improve upon last seaason's seventh-place finish which was their best since 1989 and earned head coach Richard Bader Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year honors.
LOOKING BACK ON THE SEASON: The Spartans finished the 1997-98 season with a 4-3 record overall (1-3 Big Ten). MSU's Big Ten victory came at the end of the regular season, with an 162-138 win over the Indiana Hoosiers. MSU also gained victories over Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Toledo.
HOPING FOR A REPEAT: MSU junior Jami Archambault looks for a repeat of her performance last year in the 100 backstroke, where she was the 1997 Big Ten Champion. Archambault also was an Honorable Mention All-American in the 100 backstroke. Also looking for another strong performance at the Big Ten Championships is junior diver Kim Zieman, who was fifth on the 1-meter (383.75) and sixth on the 3-meter (428.25). In dual meets this season, Zieman is undefeated in both the 1 and 3-meter diving events.
BROKEN RECORD: MSU tri-captain Anne Illgen broke her own pool record (2:05.20) in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.26 during the Spartans home defeat over Indiana on Jan. 31.