MICHIGAN STATE V. NORTHWESTERN
- November 2, 2019
- East Lansing, MI
- Scores: Northwestern 171, Michigan State 129
The Wildcat women closed out their weekend with another victory, featuring some off-event wins from their star, Calypso Sheridan.
Swedish freshman Hannah Brunzell continues to pace the Wildcats in the breaststroke, and she won both breast events on Saturday. Brunzell was 1:01.26 in the 100 before turning around to take the 200 (2:13.56) by more than four seconds over MSU freshman Kasey Venn (2:17.73). On the 400 medley relay, Brunzell split a 1:01.14 after Sheridan’s 54.85 lead-off as NU won in 3:40.97. Sophie Angus had a solid 1:01.97 breast split on NU’s B relay.
Sheridan hopped into the 200 fly, going 2:01.93 for an NU 1-2 with freshman Roza Erdemli (2:02.60). The IM specialist then returned to take the 200 back, going 1:59.59 there. Finally, on the 200 free relay, Sheridan had the best split in the field with a 22.96 split on their B relay, which beat their own A but lost to Michigan State’s A.
Miriam Guevara, who was 53.96 fly on the medley relay, won the 100 back (55.61) and the 100 fly (55.56).
One of the closest races of the meet was the 200 free, where Krystal Lara and Ally Larson of NU went 1:51.12 and 1:51.98, respectively, with MSU’s Chloe Reed right behind at 1:51.99. Larson, a freshman Wildcat, would race to victory in the 400 IM (4:20.31).
Michigan State did get a few wins, including a sprint free sweep. Allie Heineman was 23.40 in the 50, then coming out of the diving break, went 51.14 to edge out NU’s Malorie Han (51.36). Spartan freshman Sophia Balow won the 1000 free by over five seconds, clocking a time of 10:08.67.
- Scores: Northwestern 172, Michigan State 126
The Northwestern men cruised to a victory here, led by sophomore backstroker Manu Bacarizo.
The Spanish national first led off the 400 medley relay with a 48.78, helping the Wildcats to the win at 3:17.53 to MSU’s 3:18.96. Michael Schwers had a strong 47.30 fly split for the Spartans, and he’d go on to win the 100 fly in 48.29.
Individually, Bacarizo was part of a Northwestern 1-2 finish in the 100 back, as sophomore Ryan Gridley won in 49.86 ahead of Bacarizo 49.99. The Spaniard then went his best in-season time ever in the 200 back, rocking a 1:44.46 to come less than two seconds away from his lifetime best of 1:42.98. He jumps up to fifth in the country this season in the 200 back.
Wildcat freshman Marcus Mok shot out to wins in both breaststrokes, going 55.97 in the 100 and 2:00.05 in the 200. Ben Miller, another first-year, was 1:49.50 to take the 200 fly for the Wildcats. Notably, Kevin Houseman made his NU debut, but only raced the 100 breast exhibition, going 58.09, well off of his lifetime best of 53.09.
SwimSwam has reached out to Northwestern’s athletic department regarding Houseman’s quiet start to the season and Alessandro and Federico Burdisso not being on the roster online after being announced as part of the class of 2024.
Meanwhile, Michigan State’s Aidan Farley had the swim of the meet, winning the 200 free by over four seconds with a huge 1:36.58 that clips his old best time of 1:36.63. He swam his old best at the 2019 Big Ten Championships, making this a colossal swim for the junior. Farley was huge for the Spartans, adding a win in the 500 free with a time of 4:26.74, owning the 100 free with a 44.48, and splitting a 19.86 on MSU’s meet-closing 200 free relay, as the Spartans blew out the Wildcats in that race, 1:20.56 to 1:24.13.
For his massive swim, Farley moves to #12 in the country in the 200 free.
Payton Woods also notched a win for the Spartans, taking the 50 free in 20.29.