Oct. 31, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women’s swimming and diving program will host Ball State on Friday, Nov. 1 for the second-straight home meet of the season. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. at the McCaffree Pool in IM West.
“The number one thing, is just getting faster and getting better.,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “The other thing is to be competitive. I thought last week, we did a nice job of getting our hand to the wall and getting more points for the team. We’ve got to get better at that, too. Ball State has some good kids. They have a good team and some people that are solid. However, that being said, so do we. I think this week, with just two teams, instead of a tri-meet, it will be a little bit more organized with who’s winning what event. I think when you start thinking about winning events, that’s when you really start picking up momentum.”
For updated results from the meet, visit MSUSpartans.com and follow along on Twitter at @MSUswimdive.
The Case Of The Cardinals
The last time the Spartans faced the Cardinals, both the men and women earned victories in East Lansing in 2010. In her second season at the helm, Kristy Castillo is coming off a 2012-13 season that saw Ball State take home four individual medals, including three gold, and a goal medal for the 400 medley relay.
The Cardinals are led by Bridgette Ruehl who became the third woman in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships, competing in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. On the boards, Madie Zirzow also qualified for NCAA Diving Zones on the 1-meter event, placing 46th overall.
Last Time Out
Last Friday, the MSU women hosted a tri-meet against Big Ten foe Illinois and Liberty. Despite several season-best times and a dominating performance on the boards, the Spartans lost a hard-fought meet against Illinois (122-178) and Liberty (133-166).
On the boards, Michigan State swept first through third-place on both the 1 and 3-meter events. Earning her first collegiate win, Madeline Sewell took first-place honors on the 1-meter with a NCAA Zone Championship-qualifying score of 268.50. She also qualified for the Championships with a third-place score of 289.88 on the 3-meter.
Christee Cordes finished second in both the 1 and 3-meter with Zone-qualifying scores of 267.67 and 292.05, respectively. Recording a career-best score of 314.63, Alison Menzies won the 3-meter event en route to punching her ticket to the NCAA Zone Championships. She also place third on the 1-meter with a score of 259.95.
In the longest, yet most exciting race of the meet, Becca Berman just beat out competition to win first-place honors in the 1,000 freestyle with a season-best time of 10:18.84. Chelsea Abbott picked up third-place points with a season-best time of 10:22.19.
Summer Strickler earned herself an individual win in the 200 freestyle, hitting the wall in a season-best time of 1:52.37. She later finished third overall in the 100 freestyle, clocking another season-best time of 51.61. In the 100 breaststroke, Lacy finished second overall with her season-best time of 1:06.17.
In the 200 breaststroke, Marina Borri clocked her season-best time of 2:22.32 to finish third. Also stepping up for the Spartans was freshman Sarah Love who picked up third-place points in the 100 butterfly as she finished with a season-best time of 56.38.
The Spartans will continue their hosting duties as Grand Valley State travels to East Lansing next Friday, Nov. 8 for a co-ed dual set to begin at McCaffree Pool in IM West at 5 p.m.