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Spartans Travel to U.S. Swimming Nationals

Junior Nick Roberts will compete in four events at the U.S. Nationals in Austin, Texas.

Nov. 28, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming team will send student-athletes to Austin, Texas, for a three-day competition against the top swimmers in the country.  The meet, hosted by the University of Texas, will be held Thursday, Nov. 29 and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1. Prelims for each event are scheduled for 9 a.m. and finals slated for 5 p.m. Both times are central standard.

MSU will face tough competition against some of the nation's top Division I schools including UCLA, Arizona, and Big Ten rival Indiana. Also swimming at the meet will be athletes from the 2012 London Olympics including Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Kathleen Ledecky.

Thursday (Nov. 29) events for MSU include: men's 200 freestyle relay, 200 individual medley (Michelle Garland, Jacob Jarzen, Jacob Cook, Nick Roberts), 50 freestyle (Jenny Rusch, Bryan Williams) and the men's 400 medley relay.

Friday (Nov. 30) events for MSU include: men's 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley (Roberts), 100 butterfly (Jarzen, Williams, Josh Geschwendt, Kyle Workman, Michael Uggeri, Jacob Moore, Nate Weeks), 200 freestyle (Pat Falconer), 100 breaststroke (Cook), 100 backstroke (Lauren Baisden, Jarzen, Roberts, Uggeri, Nick McGowan, Sam Schulze) and the men's 800 freestyle relay.

Saturday (Dec. 1) events for MSU include: 200 backstroke (Baisden, Jarzen, McGowan), 100 freestyle (Rusch, Summer Strickler, Geschwendt, Falconer, McGowan), 200 breaststroke (Roberts), 200 butterfly (Williams) and the men's 400 freestyle relay.

Each session from the meet will also be streamed live on After each evening's finals at the meet, results will be available at the same site.

Awards will be presented following the conclusion of the meet. Team awards will be provided for the top-10 teams in men's, women's, and combined categories. A medal ceremony will be conducted for the top-eight place winners in each event.  Male and Female Awards will be given and are named after Robert J. Kiphuth, the great swimming coach from Yale University. The ConocoPhillips Performance Award is presented to the swimmer who achieves the single most outstanding performance of the meet, based on the FINA power points system.

After the meet, the Spartans will take a two-week break before heading to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for their annual training trip from Dec. 16 through Dec. 23.



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