Swimming & Diving
Men's Swim and Dive Head to Iowa for Big Ten Championships
Feb. 21, 2012
The Spartans are coming off a two-week hiatus following their final regular-season dual in Ann Arbor and currently post a 4-5 record.
In the water, junior Jacob Jarzen has been the spark for the Spartans, pacing them in almost every dual meet. Jarzen currently posts the team's top times in four events; the 100 backstroke (48.27), 200 backstroke (1:45.30), 100 butterfly (47.36) and 200 IM (1:49.21).
Bryan Williams has also performed well for MSU, leading the team with top times in the 50 freestyle (20.53), 200 freestyle (1:38.89) and 200 butterfly (1:47.42). The sophomore also ranks second on the team in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.91. Freshman Kyle Workman is the leader in that 100 free event with a time of 45.89.
In the distance races, MSU is led by a couple of underclassmen. Freshman Tanner Roe currently holds the top spot in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:35.95 and the 1650 freestyle, clocking in at 15:54.79. Sophomore Brad Gillilan is the leader in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:27.45.
Cameron Bartlett and Nick Roberts hold the lead in the breaststroke events. Bartlett has posted a 56.85 in the 100 breaststroke and team second-best time of 2:06.09 in the 200 breaststroke. Roberts holds on to the top spot in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:03.59. The sophomore also leads the team in the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.54.
Brian Akers is the lone diver for the team. His current bests include, a score of 277.65 on the 1-meter board and a 318.45 on the 3-meter board.
Where We Rank
Nationally, Jacob Jarzen has posted a pair of top-50 times and another in the top-25. Currently, Jarzen posts the 13th best time in the nation in the 100 butterfly at 47.36. In the 100 backstroke, Jarzen sits in 39th place with a time of 48.27 and is in 34th place in the 200 backstroke at 1:45.30.
Sophomore Bryan Williams has also had a strong showing this season, standing at 39th in the national rankings with a 1:47.42 finish in the 200 butterfly. On the relay side, the Spartans boast two top-50 national times. MSU ranks 42nd in the 400 medley relay (3:18.67) and 50th in the 200-medley relay (1:30.24).
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