Jan. 19, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - It wouldn't be a Missouri State-Drury rivalry meet if it the two teams didn't battle it out to the very end. On Thursday evening at Drury's Breech Pool, both Missouri State men's and women's teams were edged by the Panthers. In women's action, Drury defeated the Bears 126-111, while the men's meet came down to the final relay as the Panthers won 125-118.
Heading into the 200 free relay and the final event of the night, the Missouri State men trailed by just two points. A win in the relay would have vaulted the Bears to victory. The Bears had moved within two points after freshman Chris Carpenter came out victorious in the 100 breast, the event before.
Neck-and-neck, the Bears and Panthers stayed even throughout entire race and after Vitalii Baryshok's third leg, the Bears were ahead by .13 seconds, but Drury's Vladimir Sidorkin posted a split of 20.25 to steal the victory.
To kick off the meet, the Missouri State divers captured first place in both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Linsdey Conway led the way for the women with a score of 236.33, topping her best mark of the season by five points. Following Conway was Paige Koebbe in second with a season best (221.10) and Liz Chollet in third.
Freshman Garrett Nevels continues to impress as he bettered his top score of the season by more than 20 points (327.38) and captured first place for the Bears. Also making the top three was Zach Wheeler in third (237.68). In the 3-meter competition, Nevels edged Drury's Dwight Baker by .90 points and was less than three points off of the Zone D qualifying score.
"Garrett [Nevels] is really coming along and as the Drury coach mentioned today, he brought his game face and was solid through all six dives," head diving coach Jim Huelskamp said. "The girls also continue to impress me by increasing their degree of difficulties on the 3-meter. We're really looking forward to the conference meets with both group of divers."
Senior Dimitra Drakopoulou got the swimming portion of the meet started as she finished second in the 1000 free and then logged another second place in the 500 free.
Entering Thursday's competition, Missouri State's Vitalii Baryshok owned the 22nd-fastest time in NCAA Division I and the freshman showed why. With ease, Baryshok won the 200 free (1:39.93) and grabbed another first-place finish later on in the 100 free (45.51).
The Bears got a boost in the 200 IM as freshmen Chris Carpenter and Paul Le secured a 1-2 finish, respectively.
Freshman Roni Balzam nearly won the 100 fly, but was out-touched by .32 seconds. As Missouri State's highest finisher in the 100 free, Andrea Uzcategui posted a best time for the season (53.10) with her third-place finish.
Anna Ahlin registered a victory for the Bears in the 100 back, winning in a time of 57.97, while Janke Englebrecht and Megan Holthoff rounded out the top four in third and fourth.
In the men's 100 back, the event's top-four finishers were all within .60 seconds of each other, but it was Missouri State's Yuri Garanito who claimed first place.
A replay of the dual meet will be televised by Mediacom on Channel 22: Friday, January 20, Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, all at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Missouri State will return to the confines of Hammons Student Center for its first home meet since the Mizzou dual on Oct. 10. The Bears welcome first-year program William Jewell to the pool at 4 p.m.