Bears Still in Hunt After Session 2 of NU Dual Invitational
Vitalii Baryshok
Vitalii Baryshok

Feb. 2, 2013


EVANSTON, Ill. - Session two of the NU Dual Invitational is in the books and the Missouri State men's swimming & diving team managed to collect five top-five finishes on Saturday (Feb. 2) morning. The Bears were once again led by sophomore Paul Le in the second of three sessions at the Norris Aquatic Center.

Le was busy on Saturday morning, competing in three different events during the morning session. The sophomore from Moore, Okla. recorded the second-fastest backstroke split (22.89) of the day in the 200 medley relay and guided the Bears to fifth place (1:32.02).

Senior captain Daan Jansen was Missouri State's top finisher in the 400 IM and came out with a fifth-place finish (4:04.24). Colin Hill and Chris Carpenter rounded out the Bears' lineup placing 10th and 11th, respectively.

In his second event of the day, Paul Le raced to a third-place finish in the 100 fly and achieved an MSU career best time of 49.15. Joining Le in the 100 fly was Matthew Wilson in ninth (50.93) and Michal Bulak in 10th (50.96).

The Bears made their move in the 200 freestyle, with three finishers in the top-eight. Baryshok completed the 200 free in 1:39.90 for third place overall. Freshman Uvis Kalnins was right behind Baryshok in fifth place (1:40.82) and sophomore Caleb Schuermann (8th) was the Bears' third competitor in the top 10, posting a 1:42.46.

Freshman Isaac Springer posted MSU's fastest 100 breast time (56.62), finishing sixth overall, while Aaron Dennis and Hill were 11th and 14th, respectively.

Coming off of his third-place performance in the 100 fly, Le added another one in the 100 back (49.00). While Iowa's backstroke duo finished 1-2, Le was just .55 seconds away from his second win of the weekend. Yuri Garanito also helped MSU gain some ground on the Fighting Irish, placing seventh overall and ahead of ND's top finisher.

Missouri State's A-Relay of Le, Kalnins, Schuermann and Baryshok in the 800 free earned third place overall and defeated Northwestern by .55 seconds.

Following a break in action, the third and final session of the Northwestern Dual Invitational will take place at 5 p.m. Events will include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and 3-meter diving.

Score After Session 2
No. 20 Iowa - 165
Missouri State - 73

Score After Session 2
Northwestern - 128.5
Missouri State - 109.5

Score After Session 2
(RV) Notre Dame - 135
Missouri State - 104



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