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Swimming and Diving Opens 2012-13 Season on Friday

Returning senior Jacob Jarzen finished 12th in the 100 butterfly at the Olympic Trials

Sept. 27, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving programs open the 2012-2013 season with a dual meet against Wisconsin. The only outdoor meet of the season is slated for Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. at the IM West outdoor pool, while the diving portion will be held indoors at the McCaffree Pool.

Admission is free to the meet, which will consist of 32 events, 16 men's and 16 women's.

"It's really a showcase for college swimming," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "With this dual meet, we really want to get a lot of people here to promote the team and the sport locally and Wisconsin will help us do that. It will be a good preview since it's really early in the season."

Michigan State will be led by five returning swimmers that competed at the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., including senior Jacob Jarzen, who finished 12th in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly.

"All of our athletes who made the Olympic trials this past summer are returning, so that's really exciting," Gianiodis said. "Bryan Williams and Pat Falconer, both juniors, will swim on the men's side. Jenny Rusch and Lauren Baisden will be returning on the women's side. Wisconsin has a number of swimmers from the trials, too, so it will be a high-level meet."

The Spartans will also be recognizing MSU alumna Amanda Mercer and her achievement of being on the record-setting relay team that swam the English Channel in July.

The Badgers will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Wolverines on Saturday, following the outdoor meet against MSU.



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