Spartans Continue Success at TYR Conference Cup

Nov. 22, 2008

EVANSTON, Ill. - The Michigan State swimming and diving teams competed on Saturday (Nov. 22) in day two of the TYR Conference Cup along with Northwestern and Kenyon College. After 30 events, the men's team stands in second place with 816 points while the women's team also stands in second with 879.5 points.

"We are swimming really well now," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "The kids have really worked hard and we have invested a lot in our training and right now it is paying off. It's been a seven or eight month training process so, it is good to see."

For the second straight day, junior Jon LaRocque broke a school record. A day after breaking the 18-year-old MSU 50 free record, LaRocque set a new mark in the 100 back with a time of 48.55. Senior Marcus Poteete also set a new school record for the second consecutive day with a time of 47.01 in the 100 butterfly.

"Marcus and Jon are swimming as well as anyone else in the country right now," Gianiodis said.

LaRocque and Poteete, along with Joe Schmitt and Matt Massman, kicked off the evening winning the 200 medley relay and set not only a new school record but a new pool record. The Spartans' time of 1:27.85 was over three seconds faster than second-place Northwestern.

Sophomore kevin Puskaric turned in a first-place performance in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.78 which is good for second on the MSU all-time list.

On the women's side, sophomore Stephanie Fisher touched the wall in 55.45 in the 100 backstroke which was good for first place.

The Spartan women divers swept the top four spots on the three-meter board. Freshman Sarah Clay (314.18) took first, followed by senior Danielle Williams (302.10), senior Alycia Mokedanz (276.98) and freshman Andrea Blohm (270.07).



Junior David Garry placed second on the three-meter with a score of 327.30.

The teams will wrap up the competition tomorrow with the finals at 4 p.m. EST.