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UT Swimming Wins First Road Meet at Michigan State

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EAST LANSING, MICH. -  The Toledo women's swimming and diving team defeated Michigan State in dual-meet action on Friday night, 157.5-142.5.  The Rockets recorded nine first-place times and took second place in six of the remaining seven events.

The first road win of Chris Peters' head-coaching career marked the first UT victory over a Big Ten Conference team since 2009.

"Our team did a great job competing on the road after a solid week of training," Peters said. "This is another step in the right direction, but we understand that plenty of work remains in the upcoming weeks."

Toledo (2-1) will face another Big Ten member when they travel to Columbus on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. matchup against No. 15 Ohio State (5-1).

Junior Rachel Johnson led off the night with a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle, swimming a time of 10:15.97. UT used that momentum to capture the top spot in six of the first seven individual events.

Senior Carly Harter swept the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events for the third time this season. She finished with a time of 1:52.34 in the 200 and a 52.09 mark in the 100.  The North Huntington, PA native also claimed the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:05.97.

Junior Beth Rogers remained undefeated in the 100-yard butterfly this season, and remains unbeaten in the 50-yard freestyle in dual meets. She took first place in both events with times of 23.78 (50 free) and 56.26. Rogers (100 fly).

Rogers finished second in the 50 free at the Akron Zippy Invite, which remains as the only race she didn't finish first.

Senior LesLee Winfield tied MSU's Michelle Garland for first place in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:06.21, marking her second victory of the season.

Senior MacKenzie Bagan and freshman Kristen Nunnelly notched the other two top finishes. Bagan swam a time of 2:03.75 in the 200-yard butterfly, while Nunnelly claimed the 500-yard freestyle for the second time this season at 5:04.28.

After breaking the school record in the 200-yard backstroke her last time out, junior Christina Noens finished with a pair of runner-up times in the 100 (59.12) and 200 back (2:03.14).

Both of UT's "A" relay teams finished in second place and sophomore Allison Belcher had the highest diving performance with 237.85 points in the three-meter.