Women’s swimming and diving falls short against Purdue, Toledo

The MSU women’s swimming and diving team did not get the new year off to a good start as they dropped their first two home meets of the spring semester on back to back days this weekend.

The team lost to Purdue Saturday afternoon, with a final score of 165-124. The loss to the Boilermakers came after a 157.5-142.5 loss to Toledo on Friday.

Freshman Marina Borri explained that the team went through some rough training this past week in preparation for its back to back meets, adding that they have to get back into the competition.

“Today we were just tired,” said Borri after Saturday’s loss. “The first half was rough and then the second half we stepped it up a little bit. I am proud of our team for that.”

Sophomore Alison Menzies won first place in the 3-meter dive and senior Lauren Baisden took first place as well in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:03.16.

The team placed second in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:47.09, senior Jenny Rusch took second in the 100-meter freestyle with 52.45 and sophomore Becca Berman finished second in the 500-meter freestyle event with 5:09.39.

Borri emphasized the importance of being prepared both mentally and physically before every meet.

“For the team, our biggest thing we need to work on is giving it our all every meet,” Borri said. “We swim against a lot of really hard teams, but I think as long as we are all streamline and focused we could do a lot of really cool things.”

The team’s next meet is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bowling Green.

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