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Spartan Men and Women Top GVSU

Brian Akers posted a pair of wins on the diving board for the Spartans, Friday night.

Nov. 11, 2011

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JENISON, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team posted a duo of victories over Grand Valley State on Friday evening, as both the men and women topped the Lakers. The women scored a dominate 167-76 victory, while the men narrowly escaped with a close 120-119 score for the win. This marked the fourth straight year the event was held at Jenison High School.

On the men's side, the Spartans tallied a total of six first-place finishes, while the Lakers won seven events. The meet came down to the final race of the evening in the 400 free relay, with the Green and White needing to capture both first and second place to win. The team did just that, as Brian Williams, Jake Austermann, Kyle Workman and Nick McGowan took first with 3:06.82 and Josh Geschwendt, Nick Grider, Samuel Schulze and Mark Schramm clocked in at second with 3:09.38.

The Spartan's pulled off the narrow come-from-behind victory, notching enough points to edge the Lakers by just one point.

Our boys were a lot closer than we expected tonight," said head swimming coach Matt Gianodis. "We have some things to work on but were able to pull off the win."

The Spartan men won their first competition of the night in the 200 IM as junior standout Jacob Jarzen posted his season best time of 1:54.89. Jarzen also won the 200-yard backstroke with another individual season best 1:50.86 finish.

In the 200-yard butterfly Brian Williams took top honors with a time of 1:48.45 and Michael Uggeri followed in third in 1:54.15.

In diving, Brian Akers picked up a pair of victories for the Spartans in both the 1 meter with a 277.65 and 3 meter with 243.23.

The women started off the meet, winning the 400 medley with Lauren Daughtery, Kerry Sodonis, Rebecca Hatcher and Jenny Rusch in a time of 3:56.02.

Rachel Wilson and Summer Strickler went one-two in the 200 free with times of 1:55.30 and 1:55.49, respectively.

The Spartans swept the 200 IM, capturing the top four spots with Alex Pierce (2:07.95), Hannah Pugh (2:10.48), Sarah Falconer (2:11.13) and Shelby Lacy (2:14.49).

Strickler then picked up her own individual title a few races later in the 100 free (52.55) and Laura Leslie placed third with a time of 54.02.

In the 200-yard backstroke MSU picked up all three top spots with Lauren Baisden (2:04.39), Samantha Hilk (2:08.06) and Wilson (2:09.01).

It was a clean sweep for the Green and White on the diving board in both the one and three meter events with Jordan Jackson, Sarah Clay and Ashley Borgman. On the one-meter board, Jackson scored a 271.80 to claim the top spot while Clay took first-place on the three-meter board with a 292.88.

Michigan State closed out their first-place finishes in the 400-free relay as Strickler, Rusch, Daughtery and Leslie clocked in at 3:34.62 for first place and the team of Morgan Piasecki, Taylor Folkerstma, Wilson and Hilk hit the wall at 3:36.47 to take second.

The team is back in action this Friday, Nov 18 when they host St. Bonaventure at McCaffree Pool in the IM West. Action begins at 5 p.m.



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