Nov. 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host Grand Valley State on Friday for the first co-ed home dual meet of the 2013-14 season. It will mark the first home meet the men will have competed in this season. The meet is set to kickoff at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at McCaffree Pool in IM West.
“They’ve got people who can win events and if you can win events, you can score points,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “If you string a couple of wins together, it can make the home team very uncomfortable. They have the ability to do that. Our kids are going to have to step in, defend their home territory and do the best they can. I would think that are men are ready to get up and get rolling. They haven’t had a meet in a long time and they’ve been training a lot and training well. Practice has got to get a little boring and the grind has got to get you down, so I would think they are ready to go, especially at home. They haven’t had a meet at home yet. So I think the two teams should be able to feed off each other.”
Last Time Out
In the first dual meet of the season, the Michigan State women defeated Ball State on Friday night. Posting several season-best performances and continuing their domination on the boards, the Spartans scored 182 points, while the Cardinals posted a score of 118.
For the second-straight meet, the Spartans swept the 1- and 3-meter events as they earned first through fourth-place points for MSU. After earning her first collegiate win last week against Illinois and Liberty, Maddie Sewell took another individual win against Ball State in the 3-meter with a score of 292.50. Cristee Cordes finished second (291.38), followed by Alison Menzies (246.38) and Taylor Mullahy (234.67). Menzies took the win in the 1-meter event with a score of 260.69, followed by Sewell (255.97), Cordes (254.55) and Mullahy (236.55).
In the 1,000 freestyle, the Spartans finished more than 20 seconds ahead of the competition as Becca Berman won the event in 10:19.85 for the second-straight meet. Summer Strickler earned her third-straight individual win in the 200 freestyle, hitting the wall in 1:54.15. Earning a win in the 100 backstroke, Brooke Telander clocked a season-best time of 59.30 to pick up first-place points for the Spartans.
MSU gave Ball State a one-two punch in the 200 butterfly as Elizabeth Brown earned an individual win with a season-best time of 2:03.97 and Hannah Pugh finished second in 2:07.67. Freshman Sarah Love picked up an individual win in the 50 freestyle, hitting the wall in a season-best time of 23.87. Winning her second event of the night, she posted a time of 57.21 to score first-place points in the 100 butterfly.
The Spartans didn’t let up, earning first- through third-place points in the 400 individual medley, led by an all-time top-10 performance by Brown with a time of 4:29.19. She was followed by Pugh (4:31.90) in second and Abbott (4:32.67) in third.
A Look At The Lakers
Grand Valley State has opened strong thus far in its 2013-14 campaign, posting wins over Northern Michigan, Milwaukee, Calvin and Hillsdale College, Ashland and Lewis.
On the men’s side, Grand Valley finished second overall at the GLIAC Championships, led by a 400 freestyle relay title from the team of Gianni Ferrero, Michael Griffith, Milan Medo and Derek Mead that posted a seventh-place NCAA Championship finish with a time of 2:59.14. The Lakers, who are coached by 2012-13 GLIAC Coach of the Year Andy Boyce, finished 11th at the NCAA Championships.
The Laker women sent three divers and four swimmers to the 2013 NCAA Championships, led by freshman diver Taylor Wiercinski who recorded a fourth-place finish on the 3-meter diving board with a freshman and varsity-record score of 482.10. She was one of just two freshmen to finish among the top-six on both the 1 and 3-meter diving boards at the NCAA Championships. The women posted a 14th-place team finish with the addition of four top-25 finishes in the lanes.
Allowing the women a break, the men’s team will travel to South Bend, Ind., for a dual meet with Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. ET.