Bears Finish Second at Mizzou's Show-Me Showdown
Oct. 4, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri State men's and women's swimming and diving teams each took second place at the season-opening Show-Me Showdown at Missouri's Mizzou Aquatics Center Friday.
The men earned 545 points and the women took 535.5 as the host Tigers claimed both titles with 673 and 629 points, respectively, in the ninth annual event.
On the men's side, junior Paul Le won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 48.50 to pick up 20 points for the Bears. Le's time in the event ranks fourth best in the country behind swimmers from Florida, Michigan and Florida State. Le also claimed the 200-yard individual medley, clocking in at 1:49.26, just ahead of sophomore teammate Uvis Kalnins, who finished second in 1:50.18.
Le teamed with Kalnins and juniors Vitalii Baryshok and Caleb Schuermann to take the final event of the day, the 400-free relay. Even though the Bears were mathematically out of the running for the team title, they outdueled the Mizzou team of Igor Kozlovskij, Michael Chadwick, Alex Glogoza and Eegan Groome to finish strong in 3:01.81.
Le, sophomore Isaac Springer, junior Matthew Wilson and Kalnins also earned a second-place finish in the 200-medley relay in 1:30.86. Kalnins (45.48) and Baryshok (46.24) went 2-3 in the 100-free to claim 33 points for MSU.
The 200-free relay squad of Baryshok, junior Isaac McKnight, sophomore Jack Show and Schuermann also were second in that race in 1:24.48.
Sophomore Dora Kiss won the 500 free in a time of 5:02.32, for the Bears only event win on the women's side.
Other quality swims came from senior Renata Sander, who was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.42) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:10.44). Classmate Anna Ahlin also had a solid outing, finishing second in the 100 free (53.55) with teammate junior Shannon Myer fifth in 53.87. Ahlin was also third in the 100 backstroke in 57.16, with sophomore Emily Chessertouching in sixth with a time of 59.11.
Missouri State returns to regular-season action against Drury Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., at Hammons Student Center. The Bears will next be in the pool for their annual exhibition intersquad-alumni meet Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.