March 27, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Jacob Jarzen has qualified to compete for the Spartans at the 2013 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The meet will be held at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex on March 28-30. Jarzen will participate at the national meet for the fourth-straight year and will compete in the 100 butterfly, and the 100 and 200 backstroke.
According to CollegeSwimming.com, Jarzen currently holds the nation's eighth-fastest time in the 100 butterfly, 13th in the 200 backstroke and 28th in the 100 backstroke.
The Jacksonville, Ill., native is one of 30 NCAA invitees who were selected to compete in the maximum of three events. Jarzen qualified in all three events for the NCAA Championships after breaking his own MSU records at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 27-March 2.
Jarzen broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly, turning in a time of 46.08 in the finals at the conference championships. He also posted his season-best time of 46.95 to finish eighth in the 100 backstroke and broke another school record in the finals of the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:42.19 to place fifth overall.
Leading the Spartans throughout the 2012-13 season, Jarzen has been a consistent contributor in both individual events and relays. He currently holds the schools fastest time in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:35.73 in 2010, as well as the 100 butterfly with a time of 46.08 at this year's Big Ten Championships. Jarzen also holds the record at Michigan State in the 200 individual medley, posting a time of 1:46.60 in 2012.
The senior Spartan will begin competition in the prelims of the 100 butterfly and backstroke on Friday, March 29 at 11 a.m. with finals set for 7 p.m. He will continue on Saturday, March 30 with the prelims of the 200 backstroke at 11.a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.
ESPN3 will have a live stream on March 29-30 at 7 p.m., with a tape delay airing on ESPNU on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.