Saturday marked the last home meet and final appearance for seniors Brown, Oishi, Steffen, Uzcategui, Winter and Jansen
Jan. 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hammons Student Center pool records nearly fell in both swimming and diving on Saturday (Jan. 19) as Missouri State swept Truman State in the final home meet of the 2012-13 season. With the stands jam-packed, six student-athletes were recognized on Senior Day for their dedication and contributions to the Bears’ swimming & diving program.
The Missouri State women took home top honors in both the 400 medley and 200 free relays. Leading the charge on the medley relay was Anna Ahlin, Renata Sander, Roni Balzam and Andrea Uzcategui. A Spreading the wealth, four different swimmers were on the winning 200 free relay, including Janke Engelbrecht, Merideth Swain, Megan Holthoff and Shannon Myer.
Two of the records that were close to being broken were both men’s relays. In the 400 medley, Yuri Garanito, Chris Carpenter, Paul Le and Isaac McKnight won with a time of 3:21.80, just .67 seconds away from the HSC Pool Record set earlier in October against Drury (Garanito, Springer, Le, Baryshok). In the final event of the day, the Bears’ 200 free relay (1:24.09) that consisted of Vitalii Baryshok, Caleb Schuermann, Jack Snow and Jacob Sims was less than a second (.62) off a 13-year-old pool record owned by conference rival SIU.
Evening up the all-time series with Truman State, the MSU women won all 11 individual events and captured a 155-78 victory over the Bulldogs. Freshmen Carly Wright, Kate Gately and Ibby Simcox each secured wins in the 1000 free, 50 free and 200 fly, respectively, while senior Andrea Uzcategui and junior Anna Ahlin also had a win apiece in the 100 free and 200 back.
Diver Lindsey Conway, junior Renata Sander and freshman Dora Kiss all won a pair of events on Saturday. Kiss, a newcomer from Budapest, Hungary continues to make her presence known on the season’s top times list. Her 200 free time is the fifth fastest this season, while her mark of 5:01.83 takes over the Bears’ top time.
In men’s action, the Bears extended its winning streak against the Bulldogs with a 160-72 win and are now 26-0 all-time when competing against the in-state school. The MSU men won every event except for the 1000 free.
Sophomore Caleb Schuermann got the ball rolling for the Bears with a win in the 200 free (1:42.03), less than a second off his fastest time this season. In the 200 IM, frosh Uvis Kalnins swam a 1:51.77 to win the event and break onto the top times list at No. 3. Joining Schuermann and Kalnins as event winners was senior Daan Jansen, Colin Hill, Isaac Springer, Garrett Nevels, Baryshok and Le.
The performance by diver Garrett Nevels on 1-meter was another near miss on pool records. One week after the sophomore broke the MSU record and won MAC Athlete of the Week honors, he was at it again. With 332.32 points, he fell short by 7.08 points. Nevels also collected the victory on 3-meter.
Along with Nevels, fellow sophomore Paul Le tallied two separate wins, one in the 50 free (20.82) and the other in the 100 free (46.07).
Next up for the Bears is a meeting with crosstown rival Drury on Wednesday, January 19. The annual “Duel in the Pool” is set to begin around 4:30 p.m. with a pair of diving events, while swimming will commence at 6 p.m. The meet will be televised by Mediacom as an MC22 exclusive. Viewers can tune in to the tape-delayed broadcast at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 24. Because of its popularity, Mediacom will repeat its coverage over three consecutive nights, Jan. 24-26, starting at 7 p.m. each evening.
Final Score - Women
Missouri State – 155
Truman State - 78
Final Score - Men
Missouri State - 160
Truman State – 72