Spartan Roundup: Men's soccer eliminated from NCAA tournament
Here’s your weekly Spartan roundup in case you missed anything, as the football team finishes 16 in the final college football playoff rankings. The men’s basketball team remains at No. 3 in the AP poll.
MSU drew 1-1 in overtime, but fell 3-2 on penalty kicks last Friday night at Indiana. The Spartans end their season at 13-3-4 and ending their season for the second year in a row on penalty kicks.
Forward Ryan Sierakowski scored in the second minute, which marked the first time that Indiana trailed all season. Goalkeeper Jimmy Hague finished with a career-high eight saves, that allowed MSU to stay close with the Hoosiers throughout the game.
Two varsity records were broken by both the men’s & women’s swimming and diving team at Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. Junior Ellie Roche, broke the 200 breaststroke varsity record with a 2:13.65 timestamp. Junior Ana Sortland re-broke the 100 breaststroke record. Sophomore Michael Schwers cracked the all-time top ten in the 100 meters butterfly at 48.18.
The Spartans next competition is set on Jan. 12 at Purdue.
Last Friday at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open, five Spartan sprinters, jumpers, and throwers received first-place finishes and starts off strong.
On the men’s side, Freshman Jerimiah Evans took home first place in the shot put with a final throw of 16.72 meters. In the weight throw, freshman Nick Kramer took home fourth with a final throw of 17.15 meters. Senior Noah Gary finishes second with a height of 4.60 meters in the pole vault. Senior Antonio Clarke brought home first place with a time of 21.89 in the 200-meter run.
On the women’s side, freshman Kayli Johnson took home second in shot put with a final throw of 14.47 meters. Junior Stephanie Pajot took second in the weight throw with a final throw of 17.39 meters. Sophomore Andrea Pangori tied for second in the high jump with a height of 1.63 meters. Freshman Sophia Franklin took home third in the pole vault with a height of 3.90 meters. Senior Shelby Allen claimed fourth in the long jump event with a final distance of 5.33 meters. Junior Taylor Mullins finished first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:35:05, which was the first Spartan top finish of the event.
The men’s wrestling team found itself against the toughest competition across the country last Friday at the 36th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Freshman Rayvon Foley advanced as far as the round of 32 before falling to No. 14 Luke Welch in an 11-6 decision.
The Spartans head to Buffalo, New York this Friday, Dec. 8.
Four incoming freshman will join the field hockey program for the upcoming 2018 season. Monique Jardell, Lori Mack, Madeline McDonough and Paige Ryan. Ryan received the Chapel Field Hockey Forward of the Year from 2014 to 2016.
15 incoming freshman will join the Spartans rowing team this upcoming season. It will be the largest and most athletic class that the program has had at Michigan State, according to head coach Matt Weise.
After four seasons at Indiana, head coach Jacquie Joseph announces that Benjamin Sorden will be joining the Spartan softball staff this upcoming season.