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Coach G's Blog: Spring Farewells & Remembrances

John Munley swam for the Spartans from 1997-2001; the long course meet held in his honor will be June 22.

May 2, 2013

I am sure that many of you remember exam week in the spring semester - beautiful, warm and sunny weather to help you distract from the task at hand. That is what this week has been like in East Lansing. The best weather of the year!

We get to say farewell to a few seniors this weekend: Cameron Bartlett, Alexandra Pierce, Rachel Wilson, Kristen O’Connor and Jenny Rusch will be walking this weekend and getting their degree - what a great accomplishment. We are proud of all of them and we look forward to having them take their picture in the Smith Center on Friday of this week.

I want to thank many of you who posted on facebook moving tributes to John Munley this week. It was twelve years ago this week that John died and every year around this time it is very difficult for me not to remember that day minute by minute. I often think that our alumni meet would have been that much more exciting if he was still around. Also, more than likely the texts I receive during the Big Ten meet probably would have been much more colorful.

It is a good time to remind everyone that the John Munley Memorial Long Course Masters meet is set for June 22 at the IM West pool. This event donates all the proceeds to the Munley Scholarship and it is always a really fun time. I like to call it our summer alumni meet, but there are so many more people who come out and have a good time.

The latest winner of the Munley scholarship is Bryan Williams and he joins a list of great Spartans who have left their mark on our program. Of course the original winner Nick DeFauw is now a doctor.



The outdoor pool will be open soon and long course swimming will begin in East Lansing- the absolute best time of the year!

Finally, congratulations to Gene Orlando and the Spartan Men’s Tennis team for making their first NCAA tournament, well deserved.

Until next time,

Matt G

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