Swimming & Diving
Spartan Men Travel To Indiana For Big Ten Championships
Feb. 23, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team will compete in the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Indiana, Feb. 23-25. MSU finished the regular season schedule with a record of 4-4. The Spartans have not seen action since Jan. 28, when they picked up a 131.5-110.5 win over St. Bonaventure. The Green and White expect a strong showing from its relays, and from senior Ian Clutten.
"We should be able to score some quality points with our relay teams," head coach Matt Gianiodis stated. "We have a tendency to post our best times at the Big Ten meet. I am really excited to see what these guys can do. Ian is ranked second right now in the 100 breast and he finished third last year in the 100 and 200 breast, so it would be nice to see him improve on that. We have a great group of guys and a strong senior class."
The Spartans will face some stiff competition, with the league event featuring seven squads ranked in the top 25 of the latest CSCAA rankings. Michigan leads the way for the Big Ten, tied at No. 7 with Texas. Minnesota and Indiana are ranked ninth and 11th, respectively, while Purdue (14), Northwestern (15), Ohio State (18) and Penn State (24) round out the conference representation.
"The biggest thing for us is scoring points,"Gianiodis added. "The Big Ten is a tough, tough conference - it's one of the best in the nation. We will be swimming against guys that are setting top national times. It is important for us to get the points in the areas we know we can score in."
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