Author: Jamie Baldwin MSU SID

MSU SWIMMING & DIVING: Successful at USA Diving Nationals

  East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State freshman Amanda Ling (Wixom, Mich.) and junior Julia Oppedisano (Strongsville, Ohio) competed at the 2018 USA Diving Senior National Championships this week in Dallas, Texas, against some of the best divers in the country. Oppedisano had missed the entire 2017-18 season with injury and was only cleared for competition in April – which meant she had five weeks to prepare for this event.  She finished 18th in the semifinals. “This was a great meet for us,” beamed Eric Best, MSU’s head diving coach.  “Julia Oppedisano had been out for her entire junior year, so...

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Just Like Football, Spartans Take Out Michigan

  SPARTAN SYNOPSIS Michigan State advanced to Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 7-0 victory over No. 16 Michigan. Senior pitcher Kristina Zalewski tossed a three-hit shutout for her 15th complete game of the season. The Spartans (26-25) defeated the top-seeded Wolverines after a pair of regular-season losses – a 1-0 loss in Ann Arbor on April 11 and an 8-0 run-rule loss at Secchia Stadium on May 2. MSU has now eliminated the Wolverines in the Big Ten quarterfinals for the second straight season. MSU won a 5-4 decision in the 2017 quarterfinals in Ann Arbor, which was the...

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MSU Sweeps Rutgers with 2-0 Sunday Win

  SPARTAN SYNOPSIS Michigan State swept the season series against Rutgers with a 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon, its fifth straight victory. MSU (21-24, 7-11 B1G) had three base hits and a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, which was all they needed behind senior pitcher Kristina Zalewski, who picked up the complete-game victory to improve to 12-10 overall. Lea Foerster had a solo homer in the top of the first, and Kelcey Cararasco had an RBI single. Rutgers starting pitcher Whitney Jones tossed a complete game, allowing three first-inning hits but denying MSU another base hit...

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Michigan State VOLLEYBALL: Spartans Sweep Marist to Claim San Diego State Aztec Invitational

Michigan State closed out the San Diego State Aztec Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Marist (25-16, 25-20, 25-19) on Saturday evening in San Diego. By capturing the Tournament title, MSU has now won nine of its last 13 non-conference tournaments. In addition, it is the eighth time in 12 years under Cathy George that the Spartans have started the season 3-0, and the second time in three seasons. In her first action of the season, Allyssah Fitterer had 14 kills to lead all players and also contributed two blocks. Holly Toliver had her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs,...

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Michigan State VOLLEYBALL: Spartans Sweep Denver To Open 2016 Season

Spartans Sweep Denver to Open 2016  MSU gets 13 kills from Reinig in debut SPARTAN SYNOPSIS Michigan State opened the 2016 volleyball season with a straight-set victory over Denver (25-13, 25-23, 27-25) in the opening round of the San Diego State Aztec Invitational.The Spartans, 19-14 in 2015, saw its hitting percentage drop in each of the three sets, opening with a hot .394 in the opening frame but struggling through a 14-9-35 effort in the third set. MSU did end up with seven team blocks on the night, and also had seven service errors. Michigan State (1-0) has two...

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Michigan State Spartan Rower Emily Regan Claims Gold For the United States!

East Lansing, Mich. — Emily Regan, a 2010 Michigan State graduate and 2010 Big Ten Rower of the Year, has captured an Olympic gold medal, the first for a product of MSU’s rowing program.  WATCH: Watch Party/Race Highlights:  http://www.msuspartans.com/collegesportslive/?media=534093http://www.msuspartans.com/collegesportslive/?media=534093  WATCH: US Women 8+ claim gold (fast forward to 1:38.00):  http://stream.nbcolympics.com/rowing-day-8http://stream.nbcolympics.com/rowing-day-8 Regan, who has been in residence with US Rowing since her graduation, learned that she would be rowing in Rio in June. The US Women’s eight is one of the most prolific dynasties in Olympic history, capturing their third consecutive gold medal and 10th consecutive World Championship with Sunday’s victory. The Red,...

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Spartan Emily Regan Off to Rio for Women’s Eight for 2016 Summer Olympic Games

East Lansing, Mich. — Former Spartan rower Emily Regan will compete for the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Regan will be a part of the U.S. women’s eight which seeks a historic 11th-consecutive world or Olympic title in Rio. Fellow Spartan Christie Daiss, a 2006 graduate, will also head to Rio as part of the medical team, and has been assigned to the athlete village. US Rowing National Team Announcement: http://www.usrowing.org/news/2016/06/20/usrowing-announces-olympic-camp-boat-nominations Rio 2016 Rowing Page: https://www.rio2016.com/en/rowing World Rowing Olympic Regatta Coverage : http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2016-olympic-games-regatta/qualification-information US Rowing announced its Olympic boat camp nominations...

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MSU ROWING: Sarff Joins Rowing Staff As Assistant Coach

East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State head coach Matt Weise has announced the addition of Samantha Sarff to the Spartan rowing staff. She will begin her duties at MSU in early July, taking on the role of recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching MSU’s novices along with current novice coach Katie Bitz. “We hired Sam because she brings a great amount of experience and enthusiasm,” said head coach Matt Weise. “She is very passionate about rowing and I think that this will show in her recruiting. I think that she will build on Helen’s excellent work as recruiting coordinator....

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MSU VOLLEYBALL: Spartan Schedule Features Competitive Non-Conference Slate Before B1G Rigors

East Lansing, Mich. — Michigan State head coach Cathy George has unveiled the schedule for the upcoming 2017 volleyball season, and it is once again designed to challenge her Spartan squad – some of the best teams from around the country appear on the MSU slate. A total of five non-conference opponents are in the RPI top-100 from the final ranking in 2016, and four appeared in the NCAA Tournament a year ago. That type of aggressive scheduling is what George hopes will prepare her team for the rigorous Big Ten campaign. “We’ve put together a pre-conference schedule with...

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MSU SOFTBALL: Spartans Place Zalewski, Wood on NFCA All-Region Team

Redshirt sophomore pitcher Kristina Zalewski (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman outfielder Celeste Wood (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) have earned spots on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Great Lakes Region Third Team, as announced by the NFCA on Thursday morning. Michigan State has two selections to the All-Region team for the first time since 2011 (Lindsey Hansen and Brett Williams). Complete List of NFCA All-Region Teams:  https://nfca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6938:nfca-announces-385-student-athletes-receive-2016-division-i-all-region-honors&catid=109&Itemid=149   “These are two players who are absolutely deserving of All-Region honors,” said head coach Jacquie Joseph. “Kristina Zalewski is developing into a force to be reckoned with every single time she’s in the circle, and she has shown such incredible...

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