Dec. 9, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State swimming and diving team travel to Ball State on Saturday (Dec. 10) for their final dual before the holiday break. Action for the meet begins at 1 p.m. at Lewellen Aquatic Center. Saturday also marks the final time former Spartan student-athlete and current head women's Ball State coach, Laura Caudill, will compete against her alma mater. Caudill is retiring after 32 years with the Cardinals and competed for the Spartans from 1973-76.
Last Year vs. Ball State
Last year, MSU swept Ball State on both the men's and women's side in East Lansing. The men defeated the Cardinals, 181-107 while the women topped BSU 167 to 125.
Last Time Out
Last weekend, the Spartans competed at the three-day Ohio State Invitational. MSU posted new season team top-times in almost every event, including a record-breaking time of 2:17.90 in the 200 breaststroke by Kerry Sodonis. Sodonis broke the previous varsity record, which was set back in 1997.
Jacob Jarzen picked up the lone individual first-place finish for the Spartans in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a new meet record with a time of 47.36.
Bryan Williams was also a spark for the Spartans, taking fourth in the 200 fly and posting a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:47.42.
In diving, Sarah Clay continued to dominate on the one-meter board, capturing her fourth first-place title of the season with a score of 295.45. She also took third on the three-meter board, posting a 296.30.
The Spartans faced tough competition in Columbus, taking on Big Ten foes Purdue, Penn State, and Ohio State, as well as Notre Dame.
Senior Sarah Clay picked up the Spartans' first conference honor of the season on Nov. 22 when she was named Big Ten Diver of the Week. The Fishers, Ind., native earned the honor for the fourth time in her career after helping lead the Spartans to a win over St. Bonaventure on Nov. 18 with a pair of first-place finishes in the diving competitions. She posted a 312.90 on the 1-meter board and a score of 334.20 on the 3-meter.
Clay has been a top performer for the Spartans throughout the entire season, recording three first-place finishes on the 1-meter and four on the 3-meter in just five meets.
The Spartans return to action when they travel to Delray Beach, Fla., for their yearly training trip Jan. 2-8, 2011.