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Swimming and Diving Updates from the Desk of Matt Gianiodis

Dec. 5, 2006

Here's hoping you all had a great Thanksgiving. This past weekend, nine of our swimmers went to the U.S. Open at Purdue University: Heather Kiluk, Sasha Lewerenz, Adam Schmitt, Gabe Strickler, Jon Larocque, Chris Olszewski, Sho Koba, Marcus Poteete and Jason Vadney. The meet was held in long course and we swam fairly well; in fact, our men's 800 free relay placed seventh overall. It turned out to be a great experience for the kids, and hopefully, good exposure for our program.

Purdue University put on a great meet, hosting its first major international meet at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. It is hard to believe that just a short while ago Purdue was competing in the old Lambert pool. Perhaps someday, we'll be able to do that here at Michigan State.

Our team is gearing up for exams. Believe it or not, we have only nine weeks left in our season. This year, it is going to be critical for our kids to have a great training session at home for the holidays, and even a greater training session in the Bahamas/ Puerto Rico. We are hoping that we are prepared for the Big Ten meet come February.

It is the end of the year and we are running a little behind last year in our fundraising. If you have not joined or renewed your Ralph Young membership, I am asking you to do so. Your contribution is very critical to our programs' existence.

I have learned recently that many of our alumni are doing quite well in their masters swim meets. Rich Mull told me he saw Steve Bargwell at a meet on Saturday, Dec. 2. If any of you have great accomplishments, please pass them along and I'll post them.

Here is hoping none of you are swamped with those tasks associated with the holidays.

Until next time,
Matt G



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