Nov. 21, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving team will travel to Evanston, Ill., for the TYR Invitational on the campus of Northwestern University. Held at the Norris Aquatics Center, the three-day meet will begin on Friday, Nov. 22 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 24, with prelims slated for 9 a.m. ET and finals scheduled for 4 p.m. ET each day.
"This will be a good meet for us," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Northwestern is a good Big Ten team, but there are some other really good mid-major teams coming there. It will be good for our men and women to get in to where the competition is stiff, but not that stiff. Most of the kids on the team will get second swims, which will be a good experience for them. We went to a very similar invitational last season at Cleveland State; so it is nothing that will take them by surprise. Our kids know what to do; over multiple days, they know how to get things done.
"Number one, I think we want to swim our season bests because we've put a bit into this meet by taking rest and sacrificing some things in dual meets in order to get to this point so that we can do our best. Number two is to make sure we get everyone into the second semester off our own team cut times. And number three, we want to continue doing what we've been doing really well which is being a good group, really supporting each other, and grow through that. The biggest thing is just to perform really well."
In addition to Big Ten conference foe Northwestern, the Spartans will face the Bowling Green women, Missouri State, North Dakota, UIC, Truman State and Division III defending champions Kenyon College.
Northwestern own a 4-2 record so far this season, most recently defeating Wisconsin at home. UIC is 2-5 this season, while the North Dakota men own a 3-1 and the women hold a 4-2 dual-meet record. The Truman State women are 2-1 and the men are 0-1 in dual meets this season. With a slow start to the season, Kenyon College is 1-2 thus far in 2013. Missouri State owns a 3-1 combined dual meet record, while the women recently posted a tough loss to Arkansas.
As the only team MSU has faced at the meet, the Bowling Green women are 3-1 on the season. The Spartan women defeated Bowling Green last season, 151-143, led Alison Menzies first-place finish on the 1-meter board and Elizabeth Brown's dominating win in the 200 butterfly.
Schedule of Events
Friday's (Nov. 22) schedule of events will be as follows: 50 breaststroke; 500 freestyle; 200 individual medley; 50 freestyle; women's 1-meter diving; men's 3-meter diving; 200 freestyle relay; 400 medley relay.
Saturday's (Nov. 23) schedule of events will be as follows: 400 individual medley; 100 butterfly; 200 freestyle; 100 breaststroke; 100 backstroke; women's 3-meter diving; men's 1-meter diving; 200 medley relay; 800 freestyle relay.
Sunday's (Nov. 24) schedule of events will be as follows: 50 butterfly, 200 backstroke; 100 freestyle; 200 breaststroke; 50 backstroke; 200 butterfly; 1,650 freestyle; platform diving.
Last Time Out
The Spartan men look to bounce back after a tough road loss at Notre Dame last weekend. MSU kicked off the meet with a big win as Jon Burke won the Spartan's their first event of the night with a season-best time of 4:39.99 in the 500 freestyle. With another first-place finish, Bryan Williams took home an individual win as he posted a time of 49.05 in the 100 butterfly.
After a 10-day break, Michigan State will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for the highly-competitive U.S. Swimming Short Course Nationals on Dec. 5-7.