Bears Sweep Colorado Mesa in First Meet of Second Semester
Sophomore Kate Gately
Sophomore Kate Gately

Jan. 7, 2014

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Missouri State swimming & diving team won 19 events on its way to a sweep of Division II Colorado Mesa at El Pomar Natatorium Tuesday.

The men defeated the Mavericks, 133-85, and the women won, 147-68, to cap their winter break altitude training camp. The Bears spent the week training at over 4,500 feet.

Twelve different Bears won individual events while sophomores Uvis Kalnins, Kate Gately and Dora Kiss and senior Anna Ahlinclaimed two events apiece.

Kalnins won the 100 individual medley (51.38) and 500 freestyle (4:50.76). He also swam the anchor leg as part of a victorious 100-free relay with Paul Le, Vitalii Baryshok and Jack Snowin 38.58.

Gately won the 50 and 100 free races in 24.57 and 54.26, respectively, and teamed with Ahlin, Renata Sanderand Kiss to take the 800-medley relay in 8:41.49.

Kiss was first in the 200 free and 500 free in times of 1:57.36 and 5:09.83.

Individually, Ahlin paced the field in both the 100 IM in 1:00.61 and 100 backstroke in 57.82.

Other event wins came from Heather Snyder in the women's 1,000 free (10:38.50) and Miguel Davila in the men's 1,000 in (9:39.69). Caleb Schuermann took the men's 200 free in 1:57.36 and 1:43.73. Roni Balzam and Matthew Wilsoneach won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.17 and 51.40, respectively.

Le took the 100 back in 48.63 while Sander won the 100 breast in 1:06.71. Isaac Springerclaimed the Bears' final individual win of the day with a men's 100 breast time of 57.26.

Uldis Tazans, a native of Lativa, joined the Bears for his collegiate meet Tuesday, and finished fourth in the 100 IM (54.79). He also swam 53.84 in the 100 fly and 58.26 in the 100 breast. Finally, Tazans swam the breaststroke leg in the 800-medley relay helping his team of Snow, Michal Bulak and Isaac McKnight to second place in 7:49.11.

Missouri State returns to action at Truman State on Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.



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