March 8, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State swimming junior Jacob Jarzen has been selected to represent MSU at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships for the third-straight year. Jarzen qualified in both the 100-yard butterfly and was also invited to compete in the 200-yard backstroke and 200 IM. The finals are set for March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.
"I am very proud of Jacob. Year after year this meet becomes harder and harder to get to," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "I think he is the true embodiment of a Spartan swimmer. He is doing a great deal within the conference and nationally with less. Our entire program should be very proud today because again, this meet is very difficult to make."
Jarzen qualified for the championships after posting top individual and team season-best times in all three events at the Big Ten Championships and Ohio State Invitational. The Spartan qualified for the 100 fly, with a time of 46.42 and will enter in as the tenth seed. He was invited to the other two events based on times of 1:44.10 in the 200 back and a season-best 1:49.21 in the 200 IM at the Ohio State Invitational.
Throughout the season, Jarzen has helped lead the Spartans in both individual and relay events. The Jacksonville, Ill., native currently posts the team's top times in four events; 100 backstroke (47.56), 200 backstroke (1:44.10), 100 butterfly (46.42) and 200 IM (1:49.21). He also swam a leg in the 800 freestyle relay team that broke the MSU varsity school record with a time of 6:27.14 at the Big Ten Championships.