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Swimming and Diving Opens 2010-11 Season this Weekend

Oct. 7, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host the annual Green and White meet on Friday (Oct. 8) at 5 p.m. at McCaffree Pool at IM West. The teams will be competing in 22 total events, 11 men's and 11 women's.

The MSU women's swimming and diving team will kick off the 2010-11 season on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 11 a.m. at McCaffree Pool at IM West with a dual meet against Minnesota.

"I think both teams at this point are works in progress," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We are looking forward to the weekend and opening up the upcoming season with the women hosting a good Minnesota team on Saturday."

Season Opener
The Michigan State women's swimming and diving team opens the 2010-11 campaign Saturday with a dual meet against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Compared to the team's three home meets during the 2009-10 season, the Spartans will appear at home nine times this season and host their first three events of the year at home.

Spartans and Minnesota
Minnesota defeated MSU during the 2008-09 season, 164-132, in a dual in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans saw Becca Ebner score two first-place finishes for the Spartans in both butterfly events. She touched the wall first in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.50 and then later in the 100 fly with a time of 56.39.

Upperclass Leadership
The Spartans will be led by a strong group of veterans this season that includes 10 juniors - Ashley Borgman, Sarah Clay, Sarah Falconer, Samantha Hilk, Jordan Jackson, Laura Leslie, Tori Merritt, Morgan Piasecki, Brooke Sauchak and Kerry Sodonis - and four seniors - Becca Ebner, Stephanie Fisher, Lisa Fitton, and Sarah Mory.



Setting the Mark
Senior Becca Ebner set a school record last season in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.05 at the Big Ten Championships. Ebner already holds the record in the 200 butterfly when she turned in a time of 2:00.18 at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. Joining Ebner with a school record was junior Kerry Sodonis who also set a school record at the Big Ten Championships when she tied the 21-year-old record in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:03.09 mark. Sodonis tied Mary Schoenle who originally set the record in 1989.

Other Top Times
Erinn Wertz joined Ebner and Sodonis last season in posting top-four times in school history. Wertz had the fourth-fastest times in MSU history in the 100 freestyle (51:01), Sodonis posted the third-fastest time in the 200 breastroke (2:18.57) and Ebner swam a 2:01.91 in the 200 breast, also the fourth fastest in school history.

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