Bears Swimming Sweeps Truman State
Jan. 18, 2014
KIRKSVILLE - The Missouri State men's and women's swimming teams swept dual meets from Division II Truman State, 156-93, and 134-119, respectively at Pershing Natatorium Saturday.
The Bears won 24 events, including 14 on the men's side, for the sweep. The victory for the men (6-1) is its 27th consecutive in the all-time series with the Bulldogs. The women's team (6-2) topped Truman for the 10th time in 19 meetings.
The meet marked MSU's first outing since returning from a grueling winter break trip to the Rocky Mountains where it trained in altitude with Colorado Mesa and Sun Belt Conference member Denver.
The Bears won both of the 200-yard medley relays and 1,000-yard freestyle events to begin the meet.
Seniors Anna Ahlin, Renata Sander and Janke Engelbrecht and junior Roni Balzam combined to take the women's 200 medley in 1:48.41. Sophomores Isaac Springer and Uvis Kalnins and juniors Paul Le and Vitalii Baryshok teamed to win the men's race in 1:30.50.
Ahlin and Emily Chesser and Matthew Wilsonand Kalnins claimed the top two spots in the 100 backstroke events. Ahlin swam 58,78 and Chesser went 1:01,09. Wilson took the men's race in 51.25, while Kalnins was less than a quarter-second behind in 51.48.
Baryshok made it a sweep in the 100 free, winning the men's event in 45.84. Kiss and Yuri Garanitodid the same in the 200 back, touching first in 2:10.60 and 1:51.21, respectively.
Missouri State returns to action at Drury Thursday. The Bears will go for a season sweep of the Panthers at Breech Pool starting at 6 p.m. The meet will be on Mediacom 22 on a tape-delay basis.