Spartans Open Up 2017-18 Season With Split
The Spartans picked up five first-place finishes.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Northern Iowa 195-105 and fell to Iowa 108-189 on Friday, Oct. 6. The men fell to Iowa 100-195.
“I thought we had a pretty good weekend,” head coach Matt Gianiodis said. “We’ve been practicing without an indoor pool and had a long bus ride down here. All things considered, I thought we did well. I’m proud of the way our seniors came out, as well as our freshmen.”
The Spartans ended the day with five first-place finishes. Senior Nick Leshok won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.97. Junior Ana Sortland also won the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:03.68.
In the 50 free, senior Racheal Bukowski finished first with 23.57. Scott Piper took the win in the 200 IM as he clocked in at 1:54.54.
Freshman Guy Moskovich won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:37.40.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Maison Moore, Racheal Bukowski, Olivia Chick and Courtney Aycock placed second with 3:31.01. On the men’s team, Lachie McLeish, Nick Leshok, Payton Woods and Alex Trompke clocked in with a 3:06.32, finishing in second as well.
On Thursday, both the men’s and women’s teams took on Iowa in a series of exhibition races. Nick Leshok won the 50 breastroke with a time of 26.11. Leshok also clocked in at 52.55 in the 100 IM, taking third place.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Racheal Bukowski, Courtney Aycock, Maison Moore and Olivia Chick finished with a time of 1:36.25 and placed third.
On the men’s team, Payton Woods, Nick Leshok, Gabe Whitaker and Nehemiah Mork placed second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:24.69.
Senior Alex Trompke placed second in the 50 backstroke, clocking in at 23.42. In the 50 breaststroke, Ana Sortland and Ellie Roche placed second and third, respectively.
The Spartans will travel to South Bend, Ind. on Friday, Oct. 13 to compete against Notre Dame and Texas A&M.