Swimming And Diving Faces Notre Dame And Pittsburgh On The Road

Nov. 10, 2004

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COMING UP: Michigan State men's (1-1) and women's (0-2) swimming and diving travels to South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 12 to battle Notre Dame and Pittsburgh at 6 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The Spartans opened their Big Ten dual meet schedule at home in late October. The MSU women fell to No. 16 Michigan, 159-133 on Oct. 27 while men's team handled Iowa, 164-125, on Oct. 30.

Junior Courtney Ellabarger and freshman Danielle Williams each captured two first-place finishes in the breaststroke and diving events for the Spartans against Michigan. Ellabarger claimed the 100 (1:04.97) and 200 (2:22.17) breaststroke events for MSU. Williams qualified for the NCAA Regionals after winning the one-meter (275.77) and three-meter diving events (276.00) against the Wolverines.

Juniors Ian Clutten and David Habel and senior Justin Laskowski each won two events to lead the MSU men against Iowa. Clutten took first in the 100 (55.45) and 200 (2:02.25) breaststroke. Habel won the 500 (4:38.95) and 1,000 (9:37.39) freestyle. Laskowski won the one-meter (326.62) and three-meter (343.27) diving events. His scores qualified him for the NCAA Regionals.

Sophomore Jason Vadney won the 200 freestyle (1:41.69), junior Nick Harley placed first in the 100 butterfly (50.99) and junior Matt Wisniewski won the 50 free (21.26).

Freshman Adam Schmitt won the 100 freestyle (46.82) and placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:42.53).

The team of Clutten, Harley, and juniors Rudolf Wagenaar and Matt Wisniewski finished first in the 200 medley relay (1:32.61).

SETTING THE MARK: Sophomore divers Matt Akerley and Amy Schmidt joined Williams and Laskowski in qualifying for the NCAA Regionals in the three-meter event last week. Clutten made the NCAA B qualifying standard with his victory in the 100 breaststroke against Iowa.

COACH GIANIODIS ON THIS WEEK'S MEET: "Pittsburgh is ranked in the top 25 and Notre Dame has received poll votes also, so we have quite a challenge to try and compete with those teams. We are going to need our veteran swimmers to step up. Our women are getting used to competing against conference champions and that hopefully will toughen them up. I think we may have a chance to win a couple of events, but we're going to have to be tough."

SCOUTING THE NOTRE DAME MEN: Notre Dame comes into Friday's meet with a 3-1 overall record. The Fighting Irish used a 82-39 scoring advantage in freestyle events to defeat Iowa, 176-118, at home on Nov. 3.

SCOUTING THE NOTRE DAME WOMEN: The Notre Dame women's team enters Friday's competition with a record of 1-2 after losing to No. 25 Purdue (169-133) and No. 21 Arizona State (188-111) in West Lafayette, Ind., on Oct. 30.

SCOUTING THE PITTSBURGH MEN: Pittsburgh, ranked No. 17 in last week's CSCAA poll, brings a 2-0 mark (1-0 Big East) into Friday's meet. The Panthers handled Syracuse, 170-73, to open Big East competition on Oct. 30.

SCOUTING THE PITTSBURGH WOMEN: The Panthers come to South Bend with a 2-0 record (1-0 Big East) after defeating Syracuse, 170-73, in a Big East dual meet on Oct. 30.