23.78-49.52 (25.74)-1:15.46 (25.94)-1:41.25 (25.79)
22.58 -46.34 (23.76)
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
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.