Spartans Set To Compete At Big Ten Men's Swim/Dive Championships
MSU begins four-day competition against conference foes on Wednesday.
Feb. 26, 2013
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team will compete this week at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Feb. 27- March 2. The four-day meet against conference foes will be held at the Councilman-Billingsly Aquatic Center on the campus of Indiana University. Competition begins Wednesday night with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays and will continue at 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday with preliminary heats, while finals will be held at 6:30 p.m. nightly.
Michigan State will be led by senior Jacob Jarzen who has paced the Spartans throughout the regular season. In his last home meet at MSU, he picked up a win against Michigan in the 200 backstroke, blowing away the competition to claim the first-place points with a time of 1:48.67. He is first in the Big Ten in both the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly, holding the school record in each event by posting NCAA provisional cut times of 1:42.66 and 46.19, respectively, at the 2012 USA Winter Nationals.
Sitting at No. 5 in the Big Ten and qualifying for NCAAs in the 100 backstroke at the Winter Nationals, Jarzen clocked a 47.31 as the school-record holder in the event. He also boasts the MSU school record in the 100 freestyle with another NCAA provisional cut time of 43.91 to rank eighth in the Big Ten. Also holding the school record in the 200 individual medley (1:46.60), he ranks fifth overall in the conference in the event. Jarzen additionally sits atop the all-time Spartan leader board in the 200 freestyle (1:36.22).
As a consistent contributor for the Spartans this season, junior Bryan Williams looks to score points for MSU in a variety of events. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten in the 200 butterfly (1:46.59), posting individual wins in seven meets this season, including an individual victory against Michigan in the last home meet.
Williams has posted NCAA provisional cuts times in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. He also holds the fastest times of the season in the 200 butterfly (1:46.59) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:41.31). He is also seventh overall in the Big Ten in the 100 butterfly (47.21), No. 28 in the 200 freestyle (1:38.92), No. 36 in the 1,000 freestyle (9:41.31), No. 37 in the 50 freestyle (20.71) and No. 45 in the 100 freestyle (45.47).
Seniors Josh Geschwendt and Mark Gammell will also help lead the Spartans in their final Big Ten meet. Geschwendt sits at No. 39 in the Big Ten in the 100 butterfly (49.71) and No. 50 in the Big Ten in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.63, while Gammell will look to contribute in the 200 backstroke where he ranks sixth on the Spartan all-time list.
MSU looks to a strong set of juniors to score points for the Spartans. Junior Sam Schulze ranks 27th in the conference in the 50 freestyle, holding the fastest time on the team with a 20.59. He also sits at No. 47 in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.49.
At No. 34 in the 100 freestyle among the conference is junior Pat Falconer. He holds the fastest time of the season in the 200 freestyle, posting a time of 1:38.04 at the Winter Nationals to put him at 18th in the Big Ten.
Juniors Nick Roberts, Michael Uggeri, Jacob Austermann, Drew Goins and Nick McGowan will also play a key role for MSU at the championships. Ranked 17th in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:56.76, Roberts sits at 26th in the conference in the 200 individual medley (1:50.48) and No. 48 in the 100 breaststroke (57.75).
Uggeri is currently 37th in the conference in the 100 butterfly (46.69), while Austermann holds the fastest time on the season in the 500 freestyle (4:38.68) and is No. 41 in the conference in the 1,000 freestyle (9:45.80). Goins is No. 40 in the 200 backstroke (1:50.33), while McGowan is ranked 45th in the Big Ten in the 100 backstroke (50.40) and No. 47 in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.95.
The freshmen squad will compete in its first Big Ten Championship meet. Ranked in the 100 breaststroke is freshman Chad Cathey (36th, 56.82) and Jacob Cook (40th, 57.28). Cathey also sits at No. 48 in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.93, while Cook is 44th in the 200 individual medley (1:51.66). Also ranked in the Big Ten is freshman Jacob Moore, who is 48th in the 100 butterfly (49.99) in addition to freshman Ian Rodriquez at No. 42 in the 400 individual medley (4:01.86).
The Spartans are coming off of a two-and-a-half week hiatus following their final regular meet of the season on Feb. 9 as they hosted No. 9 Michigan on Senior Day. MSU fell to the Wolverines, 168-61.