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2009 Big10 Day2

Big10二日目もMichigan大学は絶好調で、2位以下を大きく引き離しています。Jon Urbanchekコーチもお歳を感じさせず元気に動き回っています。本当に競泳が、選手の成長が楽しみでコーチをなされているんだろうと感じます。


100Fly結果 49.77(ベスト)
10.29-22.37(12.08)-35.49(13.12)-49.77(14.28, 27.39)

800Frリレー結果 6:39.68
1) Koba, Sho JR  22.79-47.65(24.86)-1:13.41(25.76)-1:38.80(25.39)
2) Schramm, Mark FR     22.54-47.82-1:13.67-1:40.07         
3) Ward, Colby SO  22.95-48.50-1:14.25-1:39.74
4) Massman, Matt JR   22.72-48.40-1:14.71-1:41.07




Puskaric Places Sixth in 100 Breaststroke at Big Ten Championships

Kevin Puskaric placed sixth in the 100 breast at the Big Ten Championships.

Feb. 27, 2009


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sophomore kevin Puskaric swam a 54.21 and took sixth place in the 100 breaststroke and was the top Spartan finisher on day two of the Big Ten Championships on Friday (Feb. 27) in West Lafayette, Ind.

"Kevin was close to a varsity record and had a pretty good swim," said Gianiodis.

The Spartans' 200 medley relay team suffered an unfortunate break when junior Jon LaRocque's suit suffered a tear and slowed him down. The team of LaRocque, Schmitt, Poteete and Massman finished with a time of 1:29.27 which was good for eighth place.

"It's like we can't catch a break right now and Jon's suit ripping really hurt us," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "But, I'm encouraged about tomorrow."

Individually, LaRocque took 12th in the 100 backstroke (48.94).

MSU's 800 freestyle relay team of Sho Koba, Mark Schramm, Colby Ward and Matt Massman swam a 6:39.68.

Poteete touched the wall in 48.36 to place 15th in the 100 butterfly.

Saturday will be the final day of the conference championships with prelims beginning at noon and the finals taking place at 7 p.m.



2009 Big10 Day1

今年のBig10が始まりました。今年はIndiana州West LafyetteにあるPurdue大学で行われています。



500Fr結果 4:38.41
24.17-51.01 (26.84)
1:18.53 (27.52)-1:46.39 (27.86)
2:14.94 (28.55)-2:43.62 (28.68)
3:12.46 (28.84)-3:41.57 (29.11)
4:10.63 (29.06)-4:38.41 (27.78)

コーチがBob BowmanからMike Bottomコーチに替わり、今までどちらかといえば低調であった短距離種目も強くなり、200Frリレーでも優勝です。泳いでいる選手のストロークが、皆ストレートアームでリカバリーしているのが印象的でした。






Men's Swimming & Diving Completes Day One at Big Ten Championships

Jon LaRocque and the Spartans will be back in the pool at noon on Friday.

Feb. 26, 2009


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State men's swimming and diving team competed on Thursday (Feb. 26) at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Purdue.

With just six events on Thursday, MSU's strong 400 medley relay team of Jon LaRocque, kevin Puskaric, Marcus Poteete and Joe Schmitt looked to score valuable points. Unfortunately, the relay team was disqualified for an early start - erasing what would have been a sixth-place finish.

"It's tough to lose the relay," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We had four really good splits. But we have two days left of competition and we will rebound."

MSU's 200 free relay team of Schmitt, Poteete, LaRocque and Massman turned in a 1:21.01.

Competition continues Friday with prelims and noon with the finals taking place at 7 p.m. The Spartans currently stand in 10th place.

Link to Live Scoring




2月8日に行われたMichigan Universityとの対抗戦です。

23.43-48.78 (25.35)-1:14.12 (25.34)-1:39.20 (25.08) 今シーズンベスト

22.74-46.71 (23.97)

1) Ruhland, Garrett D 20   21.54
2) Koba, Sho Z 21     43.03 (21.49)                
3) Schramm, Mark A 19  1:04.12 (21.09) 
4) Rogers, Mark A 21   1:25.35 (21.23)   



Men's Swimming and Diving Falls to Michigan in Final Dual Meet of Season

Marcus Poteete's 48.97 in the 100 fly broke a pool record.

Feb. 8, 2009


EAST LANSING, Mich. - In its final dual meet of the season, the MSU men's swimming and diving team fell to third-ranked Michigan, 176-109, Sunday (Feb. 8) afternoon at McCaffree Pool. It was the final home meet for four Spartan seniors- Krysztof Olszewski, Marcus Poteete, Mark Rogers and Michael VanBeek.

"I thought our guys competed really hard," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "Michigan is a very good team. I was a little disappointed with our relays because I thought we would be a little quicker. Overall, it was a good meet for us and we'll see what we can do in a few weeks at the Big Ten Championships."

The most exciting event of the day was the 100 butterfly which saw two swims break a 27-year-old pool record held by Mark Spitz. The Spartans' Poteete finished second with a 48.97 while Michigan's Chris Brady set the new pool mark with a time of 47.70. The previous pool record set in 1972 by Spitz was 49.31.

"I thought Marcus swam great," Gianiodis said. "When it gets time for him to perform, he usually does really well."

In the next event, the Spartans' Sho Koba was just touched out in the 200 freestyle by the Wolverines' Matt Patton (1:38.79). Koba also had a second-place performance in the 100 free with a time of 46.71.

Colby Ward turned in another strong swim in the 1650 - posting a time of 15:50.86 which was good for second place.

Ricky Forrest posted the first Spartan win of the afternoon when he swam a 1:51.80 in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore kevin Puskaric followed with another top finish in the 200 breaststroke. Puskaric's time of 2:00.27 was just over a second slower than his pool record set one year ago.

On the boards, the Spartans Brian Akers scored a 260.55 in the one meter and 264.90 on the three meter board - both good for third place.

The Spartans (3-6) will next compete at the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 26-28, in Ann Arbor.                   



1月31日に行われたOakland Universityとの対抗戦です。

23.78-49.52 (25.74)-1:15.46 (25.94)-1:41.25 (25.79)

22.58 -46.34 (23.76)

24.14-51.66 (27.52)

1) Koba, Sho  22.71       46.40 (46.40)
2) Schramm, Mark   1:08.47 (22.07)     1:32.68 (46.28)
3) Schmitt, Joseph 1:54.06 (21.38)     2:18.20 (45.52)
4) Massman, Matt    2:39.93 (21.73)     3:04.52 (46.32)                



Swimming and Diving Teams Narrowly Fall at Oakland

Marcus Poteete took first place in two events on Saturday against Oakland.

Jan. 31, 2009


ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams each fell to Oakland Saturday (Jan. 31) afternoon in Rochester Hills. Both duals were decided by slim margins with the Grizzlies' women's team edging MSU, 151-149, while the Spartan men's team fell, 153-145.

"Both meets were really tight," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We swam well today."

On the men's side, kevin Puskaric continued his strong sophomore campaign with two more first-place finishes in the breaststroke events. He won the 100 with a time of 56.24 and took first in the 200 by over seven seconds with a time of 2:00.24 - good enough to rank in the MSU all-time top ten.

Sophomore Colby Ward led the men's distance swimmers by taking first in the 500 free (4:33.83). Senior Marcus Poteete turned in one of his fastest times in the season in the 100 butterfly (49.64) and touched out OU's Aaron Holdsworth by just .06 to take first place. Poteete grabbed his second victory of the meet in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.62.

"Marcus and Kevin both had a great meet," Gianiodis said. "Colby was one of the stars for us as well."

Ward also had a strong showing in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:21.57 that was good for first place.

Sophomore Becca Ebner led the women's effort with two more first-place finishes in the butterfly events. She won the 200 by over two seconds, with a time of 2:05.13 and took first place by a decided margin in the 100, with a time of 56.96.

"Becca did a great job in her events today," Gianiodis said. "She swam really well."

Senior Heather Kiluk (1:54.35) and junior Emma Schaefer (1:55.84) finished one-two in the 200 free while junior Sara Biasello also picked up a first-place finish in the 200 breststroke (2:22.72).

With the score tight, the Grizzlies' women's team picked up the win in the final event of the meet as their 400 freestyle relay team touched out the Spartans by just .20.

Senior diver Danielle Williams carried over her strong performance with another excellent showing on Saturday as she won the one-meter with a score of 285.53. Fellow senior Alycia Mokedanz also dove well again, as she edged out freshman Sarah Clay, 283.65-281.92, on the three-meter platform.

For the men, junior Dave Garry posted a 302.85 to take first on the one-meter board and a 319.50 on the three-meter platform. Both scores were good for first place.

"We did OK and we'll see what we can do now," Gianiodis added. "We have two weeks until the Big Ten Championships."

Saturday's meet was the final dual of the season for the women's team (4-6-1) while the men (3-5) will host Michigan in its season finale next Sunday (Feb. 8) at 3 p.m. at McCaffree Pool. The women's Big Ten Championships will take place Feb. 18-21. 


Shamrock Invitational

1月23日24日に行われた大会です。Notre Dame、West Virginia、DenverとMSUの4校の対抗戦でした。

1) LaRocque, Jon 20 22.01   
2) Strickler, Gabe 20  21.63            
3) Koba, Sho 21  21.12
4) Rogers, Mark 21  21.45          

1) Strickler, Gabe 20  25.53    52.76
2) Bartlett, Cameron 18      27.68    59.96         
3) Koba, Sho 21  22.82    50.35(27.53) 
4) Massman, Matt 21     22.77    47.39            

1) Strickler, Gabe 20  24.82
2) Puskaric, Kevin 19   25.79            
3) Koba, Sho 21  22.83
4) Ruhland, Garrett 20   21.11          


1) Schmitt, Joe 20  24.09    50.08  1:16.66  1:43.39
2) Strickler, Gabe 20  23.72    50.42  1:17.44  1:44.66            
3) Koba, Sho 21  22.94-48.98(26.04)-1:15.66(26.68)-1:41.78(26.12)
4) Schramm, Mark 19  22.89    48.79  1:15.36  1:42.68       


1) Koba, Sho 21   22.12-45.55(23.43)
2) Schmitt, Joe 20 21.46 -45.45               
3) Schramm, Mark 19   21.93-45.88
4) LaRocque, Jon 20   21.78-47.05




Spartans Complete Session One at Shamrock Invitational

Stephanie Fisher competed in the 50 free for the Spartans

Jan. 23, 2009



The Michigan State swimming and diving teams competed at the first session of the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Friday (Jan. 23). Denver and West Virginia, in addition to host Notre Dame, also competed.

"Stephanie Fisher and kevin Puskaric had great days," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We dove fairly well today and we improved a little bit from last week. We're not there yet so we'll see what we can do tomorrow. That will be the key."

Early on, sophomore Ricky Forest placed fifth in the 500 free with a time of 4:35.63. Denver's Blake Worsley won the event with a time of 4:21.98, breaking former Spartan John Munley's nine-year-old pool record.

Senior Marcus Poteete recorded the men's team's highest individual finish of the day, taking fourth in the 200 IM and touching the wall in 1:52.13.

For the women, Fisher and senior Julie Kahn finished just .05 apart to take fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the 50 free. Junior Joe Schmitt posted a time of 21.31 in the 50 free to place fifth.

Senior Alycia Mokedanz led a trio of Spartans that finished in third, fourth and fifth places on the three-meter platform. Mokedanz scored at 290.40 to take third, while Classmate Danielle Williams scored a 283.95 and freshman Sarah Clay a 278.75 to finish in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Junior Dave Garry placed sixth on the one-meter board with a score of 285.45.

The men's and women's 400 medley relay teams closed out the day's events by each taking third place. The women's team of Fisher, freshman Kerry Sodonis, sophomore Becca Ebner and senior Heather Kiluk swam a 3:50.82 - missing second place by just .02. Junior Jon LaRocque, Puskaric, Poteete and Schmitt turned in a time of 3:23.98.

Saturday's early session will begin at 10 a.m. with the final session taking place at 5 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Finish Strong at Shamrock Invitational

Sho Koba had a pair of third-place finishes on Saturday.

Jan. 24, 2009

Complete Results

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - With stronger performances on day two, the Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up competition at the Shamrock Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 24) in South Bend, Ind. The women's team tied Denver at 181, defeated West Virginia (187-168) and fell to Notre Dame (259.5-106.5). The men's squad also downed the Mountaineers (200-168) but fell to Denver (225-142) and Notre Dame (232-138).

"We swam better today than yesterday and certainly better than last week," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "There is still a long way to go, but we had some kids that had some really good swims."

The men's 200 medley relay of Jon LaRocque, Joe Schmitt, Marcus Poteete and Matt Massman led off the morning session with a second-place finish and a time of 1:33.40.

In the 100 butterfly events, sophomore Becca Ebner turned in a time of 57.03 while Poteete posted a 49.64 on the men's side.

After junior Sho Koba and freshman Mark Schramm went three-four in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:41.64 and 1:42.20, respectively, a trio of Spartan women finished within .19 of one another in the 100 breaststroke. Laura DeFord (1:06.33), Sarah Biasello (1:06.37) and Kerry Sodonis (1:06.52) placed third, fourth and fifth in the event, respectively.

A pair of sophomores in kevin Puskaric and Stephanie Fisher then claimed the first Spartan victories of the day in back-to-back events. Puskaric took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.37 while Fisher won the 100 back in 56.77.

On the women's one-meter board, freshman Sarah Clay was the top performer; scoring a 270.45, which was good for third. Alycia Mokedanz (265.20) and Danielle Williams (264.75) followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Fisher continued to swim well in the afternoon session by taking third place in the 200 back (2:05.20).

"Sho (Koba) and (Stephanie) Fisher were our top-two standouts today," said Gianiodis. "They did a great job. Kevin (Puskaric) winning his events was great, too."

Koba took third in the 100 free and was a part of the third-place 400 free relay team. Puskaric added his second first-place swim of the invitational in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.06), beating out Notre Dame's Daniel Rave by .79.

The women's team will jump back in the pool on Friday (Jan. 30) when it hosts Michigan in its last home meet of the season. The men's and women's teams will compete on Saturday (Jan.31) at Oakland.



1月17日に行われたPurdue Universityとの対抗戦結果です。








Spartan Swimming and Diving Teams Fall to Purdue

Becca Ebner now has 10 first-place finishes in butterfly events this season.

Jan. 17, 2009


EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's and women's swimming and diving teams each fell to Purdue Saturday (Jan. 17) afternoon at McCaffree Pool. The Spartan women's team is now 3-4 on the year while men's team falls to 2-2. Purdue's men's and women's teams, each ranked 15th in the nation, both improved to 5-0.

"Purdue is very good and very well coached," said MSU head coach Matt Gianiodis. "They were ready to go and we weren't right from the beginning. I think our effort was really good, but for whatever reason we were really off."

The Spartan men's 200 medley relay, consisting of Jon LaRocque, Joe Schmitt, Marcus Poteete and Matt Massman, got the team's first win of the day with a time of 1:33.57. Laura DeFord, who won two events in the meet, posted a time of 1:06.05 in the 100 breaststroke to pick up her first win of the day. Sophomore Becca Ebner, another two-event winner on Saturday, followed in the next event with another win - posting a time of 2:04.42 in the 200 fly.

On the boards, Spartan senior Danielle Williams recorded MSU's best finish of the meet, placing second on the three-meter board (286.74), followed by teammate Jordan Jackson (276.00) in third. Purdue swept the top-four spots on the men's one-meter board.

MSU's Sarah Clay took third on the one-meter board with a score of 261.37.

DeFord completed her sweep of the breaststroke events when she swam a 2:22.50 in the 100 for her second first-place finish of the day. Ebner followed just four events later, also winning her second event of the day, as she posted her second fastest time of the year in the 100 fly - 56.36. Ebner has now taken first place in 10 of the 12 butterfly events she has competed in this season.

Senior Heather Kiluk recorded the final first-place swim of the day for the women's team, touching the wall in 2:07.89 in the 200 IM.

The men's 400 free relay squad of Sho Koba, Mark Schramm, Matt Massman and Joe Schmitt closed out the meet with a first-place finish and a time of 3:07.23.

"I have to give big credit to Ricky Forrest," said Gianiodis. "He had a tough triple and he was tough on all three of them-really competitive. Also, Julie Kahn had a very good meet too, as did Laura DeFord. Becca was really steady again. We have a few weeks to kind of sort things out and we clearly have a lot of work ahead of us."

Forrest posted two top-three finishes on the day as he placed second in the 200 fly (1:52.01) and third in the 500 free (4:39.56).

Both the men's and women's teams return to action Friday and Saturday (Jan. 23-24) at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind.


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