Bears Swimming & Diving Starts Strong at Shamrock Invitational
Jan. 31, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Missouri State men's swimming & diving team came out firing on the opening day of the Shamrock Dual Invitational Friday at Rolfs Aquatic Center.
With the help of victories in both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-medley relay, and a 1-2 finish in the 200 individual medley, the Bears lead No. 25 Iowa, 61-49, and trail host Notre Dame just, 58-52, after day one.
"I am pleased with the way the men swam today," said MSU head coach Dave Collins. "Our goal coming in was to focus on tightening up the details for the MAC conference meet. We have also focused on a long-team goal of being relevant on the national stage. We have a long way to go this weekend, but days like today are very positive.
"I am looking forward to how we will respond tomorrow against two very good teams."
Juniors Paul Le and Caleb Schuermann and sophomores Uvis Kalnins and Jack Snow began the meet winning the 200-free relay in 1:22.01, over a half-second faster than Iowa's Charles Holliday, Allen Jackson, Gianni Sesto and David Ernstsson. The Bears' time ranks second on the team this season.
Sophomore Miguel Davila followed with a fifth-place swim in the 500 free in 4:33.85, before junior Vitalii Baryshokwent 21.01 in the 50 free for sixth place. Snow gave the Bears two in the top 10, touching the wall in 21.36.
Junior Max Pratt was ninth overall in the 500 free, setting a career best in 4:35.70 and freshman Brandon Weissman was 10th in the event in a career-best 4:36.58.
Le and Kalnins were first and second in the 200 IM in 1:48.16 and 1:50.13. Le's time, while just off his season best in the event, hit the NCAA `B' standard.
Junior divers Garrett Nevels, Zach Wheeler and Elijah Swain turned in solid performances on the 3-meter board. Nevels was sixth, scoring 282.70 points. Wheeler scored 275.05 to place eighth after making a zone cut on 1-meter board Saturday versus Lindenwood and Missouri S&T. Swaim earned 208.50 to finish 11th.
Le, sophomore Isaac Springer, Baryshok and Kalnins took the 400-medley relay in 3:15.68, beating the Irish by nearly four seconds and Hawkeyes by five. Senior Yuri Garanito, freshman Uldis Tazans, Matthew Wilson and Schuermann took fourth in 3:22.34 for the third-best mark in the event this season.
The second day of the meet is split into two sessions - one beginning at 10 a.m., and another at 5 p.m.