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MSU Swimming And Diving Takes On Ball State Saturday

Dec. 9, 2004

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COMING UP: Michigan State men's (2-4) and women's (0-4) swimming and diving host Ball State in a dual meet Satuday, Dec. 11 at the Charles McCaffree Pool.

SCOUTING THE BALL STATE MEN: Ball State comes into Saturday's meet with a 0-1 record. The Cardinals finished second behind St. Bonaventure at the Giant Eagle Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 4-5.

SCOUTING THE BALL STATE WOMEN: The Ball State women's team brings a 3-1 record to East Lansing. The Cardinals claimed second place at the Giant Eagle Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Dec. 4-5.

COACH Matt Gianiodis ON BALL STATE: "There are no two people I respect more in coaching than Bob Thomas and Laura Caudill. Ball State always competes extremely hard and they always handle themselves with class. It should be an exciting meet for both teams leading into exam week."

LAST TIME OUT: The Spartans finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga., on Dec. 3-5. The men's team finished fifth with 275 points, while the women's team scored 247 points to place sixth.

Senior Tammy Jones and junior Ian Clutten each recorded two top five finishes at the Georgia Invitational.

Jones finished third in the 100 butterfly (55.43) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (50.31). She set an NCAA `B' provisional mark with her time in the 100 butterfly.

Clutten set two NCAA `B' qualifying times after placing second in the 100 breaststroke (55.07) and the 200 breaststroke (2:06.31).

Junior Katrina Kniff, senior Alicia Copestick, sophomore Eve Brusie and Jones finshed third in the 200 free relay (1:32.71). Kniff, Brusie and Jones later teamed with junior Rachael Hagerman to place fourth in the 400 free relay (3:24.83). Both relay times made NCAA `B' provisional standards.

The MSU `A' team of freshman Adam Schmitt, senior Patrick Saucedo, and juniors Matt Wisniewski and Nick Harley placed fifth in the 200 free relay (1:22.42).

JONES SETS NEW SCHOOL RECORD: Tammy Jones eclipsed the school record in the 100 freestyle at the Georgia Invitational last weekend with a time of 50.31. The previous record time was 50.77, shared by Jones and junior Rachael Hagerman.

ANOTHER NCAA QUALIFIER: Eve Brusie also set an NCAA `B' provisional mark at the Georgia Invitational last weekend with a time of 23.53 in the preliminary round of the 50 free.

MSU SWIMMING SIGNS THREE TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT: Gianiodis announced the signing of three swimmers to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 22. Joining the Spartans for the 2005-06 season are Krzysztof Olszewski (Torum, Poland), Kendall Barry (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) and Heather Kiluk (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville).

UP NEXT: The Spartans take a break from competition to complete final exams before competing at the Miami Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla., on Jan. 5.



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