Spartan Swimming and Diving Teams Fall to Purdue
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.
"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.