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Coach G's Blog: Recapping Illinois & Notre Dame

Head coach Matt Gianiodis is in his ninth season at the helm of the Spartans.

Nov. 1, 2012

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I want to thank everyone who made the trip to Champaign, Ill., last Friday to support our team. We had another close meet with the Illini and we had a good number of great performances. We fell a little short in the score, however we were very encouraged by our swims and I think we are ready to do some great work in November.

The men had another home meet on Saturday vs. Notre Dame and, like the women, we fell short in the scor, but we did have some amazing performances also. Bryan Williams followed up being the Big-10 swimmer-of-the-week award by swimming to the fastest time in the country with an almost pool record of 47.83 in the 100 butterfly.

An amazing statistic about the men's 100 butterfly at our home meets in the last four years-from 1972 until February of 2009, Mark Spitz held the 100 butterfly pool record with a 49.31 (I still have the record panel in my office). Since Chris Brady of University of Michigan broke that record with a 47.70, we have had eight people go faster than 49.31 and I find that to be pretty incredible.

We will be closing the outdoor pool down this Saturday after our practice. If you plan on coming to the Nebraska football game, please stop by and say hello. If you get there at the right time, we might ask you to help pull out the lane-lines. It has been a great outdoor pool season for us and I want to thank Brian Fickies and the physical plant guys for all the help they give us with the facility every year. We are scheduled to re-open the outside in May 2013!

Next week on Friday, we will travel to Jenison High School to have our annual dual meet vs. Grand Valley State. If you live in the area, please come out and support college swimming in Michigan. We have had great crowds the last five years and we are hoping for another one. Meet information can be found at



As a reminder, we have every race from 2012 up on our YouTube channel for people to see.

Until next week,

Matt G

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