EAST LANSING, Michigan, January 25. THREE pool records fell as the Michigan State men's and women's swimming & diving teams swept a pair of dual meets with Oakland Friday night at the Charles McCaffree Pool. The men won by a 144-99 margin and the women took a 145-98 decision. Senior Adam Schmitt set a pool record in the 200 free early in the evening and freshman kevin Puskaric set a pool record of his own in the 200 breast at the end of the meet.
Schmitt set the new 200 free mark with a time of 1:38.34. The previous pool record was held by Cameron Mull in 1995 (1:38.63). He also won the 100 free (44.78) and swam the lead leg of the 400 free relay. Puskaric, who clocked an NCAA `B' standard qualifying time of 2:00.04 last weekend at Ohio State, bested that mark with a pool-record time of 1:59.14 in the 200 breast.
The men also set a pool record in the 400 free relay, the evening's final event.
Sophomore diver Ivan Zalessov won both boards, posting a score of 336.00 in the three-meter and a 291.45 in the one-meter. Junior diver Danielle Williams also swept both boards on the women's side, racking up a three-meter diving score of 307.35. She added a 261.00 total off the one-meter board.
Freshman L. Colby Ward had his best performance as a Spartan, winning both distance freestyle swims. He clocked a 9:17.36 in the 1,000 free and added a time of 4:37.29 in the 500 free. Sophomore Krzysztof Olszewski finished second in both events, giving MSU a 32-6 edge in distance points.
Sophomore Jonathan LaRocque also won the 200 back (1:52.48) – just ahead of Gabe Strickler (1:52.59).
In addition to Williams' work on the boards, junior Heather Kiluk led the Spartan women swimmers with a pair of wins. Kiluk took first in the 200 IM (2:05.75) and the 500 free (4:59.05).
Four other Spartans would register wins on the night. Sophomore Mara Loniewski won the 200 free (1:54.79) while Rebecca Ebner won the 200 fly (2:12.90). Another pair of sophomores, Erinn Wertz and Sarah Biasello, won the 100 free and the 200 breast, respectively.
MSU honored six seniors – Tony Grace, Matt McNichols, Danny Schemmel, Adam Schmitt, Matt Torres and Jason Vadney – and one graduating junior before the meet.
The men's swimming & diving team concludes the season with a 5-6 dual meet record, while the women finish 5-7. The Spartan women's swimming & diving team will compete at the Big Ten Championship on Feb. 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio. The men's league championship meet will be held in Ann Arbor Feb. 21-23.
Special thanks to Michigan State for contributing this report.