Nov. 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s swimming and diving team will travel to compete in a dual meet against Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. ET. The Spartans will look for their first win in South Bend, Ind., since 2010.
“I think our team will do well,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “Notre Dame has eight lanes, so we’ll have a full entry for every heat. I think we actually do better on the road. We’ve been working on reacting to other teams and being competitive. Notre Dame always provides a great opportunity for us to compete.”
Last Time Out
After some hard-fought performances last Friday, the Spartan men dropped a 166-134 decision to Grand Valley State in their home opener. MSU was led by its performance on the boards. Brennan Labar and Charlie Maurer swept first and second-place on the 1-meter with scores of 325.50 and 296.85, respectively. With his score, Labar qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. The two also swept the 3-meter competition as Labar finished first with a score of 285.23 and Maurer placed second with a score of 271.20.
Earning first-place points for the Spartans was Bryan Williams who posted a time of 1:51.45 for an individual win in the 200 butterfly. He was followed closely by Nate Weeks, who picked up a third-place finish with a time of 1:54.08. Williams earned his second win of the evening in the 100 butterfly, clocking a time of 48.76.
On the men's side, the 200 medley relay team of Sam Schulze, Nick Roberts, Kyle Workman and Eric Chisholm clocked a time of 1:33.10 to place second. In the 200 freestyle, Williams finished second overall with a season-best time of 1:40.66. Kyle Workman posted a season-best time in the 50 freestyle to place third overall. In the 100 freestyle, Pat Falconer also clocked a season-best time of 47.02 to finish second.
Drew Goins finished first for the Spartans in the 200 backstroke, recording his season-best time of 1:53.83 for second place. Jon Burke fought a hard battle in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, placing second overall with season-best times of 4:41.44 and 9:41.00, respectively.
Fighting Off the Irish
Notre Dame enters the weekend with a 2-4 dual meet record on the season, with its most recent meet ending in a split as the Irish defeated Pittsburgh, but fell to Virginia Tech on Nov. 9. After 29 seasons at the helm of Notre Dame swimming and diving, Tim Welsh will retire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.
“I want to congratulate their coach, Tim Welsh,” said Gianiodis. “He is retiring after this year. He’s been there 29 years, which is really impressive and an incredible achievement. Their team is really deep and very good. They have a senior Frankie Dyer who could be an NCAA Champion. He’s a fantastic swimmer. Beyond, they had so many guys make the NCAAs last year and a lot of those guys are back. They are very good and very competitive. They are very strong in the breaststroke events, but they are strong everywhere. They have a nice team.”
The Irish are led by senior All-American Frank Dyer in the 200 freestyle and junior All-American Zach Stephens in the 200 breaststroke. On the boards, freshman Joe Coumos has highlighted Notre Dame on the 3-meter so far this season.
The men will rejoin the women as the Spartans hit the road for the Northwestern Invitational in Evanston, Ill., on Nov. 22-24.