Le and Baryshok register two individual titles apiece; Sander picks up a first-place finish for the women
Oct. 5, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri State swimming & diving program put together a strong performance in its first competition of the 2012-13 season at the Show-Me Showdown on Friday (Oct. 5). Host Missouri outlasted the men’s team despite five first-place finishes from Bears’ swimmers, while the women placed third and were edged out by crosstown rival Drury by a margin of 18 points.
Both the men and women kicked off the meet with second-place finishes in the 200 medley relay. The men’s quartet of Paul Le, Chris Carpenter, Vitalii Baryshok and Isaac McKnight clocked in at 1:31.50, less than a second off the Bears’ top mark from the 2011-12 season.
Baryshok kickstarted the Bears in the first individual of the day, capturing the 200 free title with a time of 1:39.50. Freshman Uvis Kalnins, who was swimming in his first meet since the London 2012 Olympics, hung with the lead group and was just .03 seconds behind the third-place finisher.
The junior duo of Anna Ahlin and Renata Sander got the ball rolling for the women’s team collecting two of the top six spots in the 200 IM. Ahlin led the way in fourth (2:09.76), while Sander finished sixth (2:12.06). Missouri claimed the top three places in the men’s 200 IM, with Carpenter and lone senior Daan Jansen locking up fourth and fifth.
Freshman Kate Gately got off to a great start in her debut, snagging fourth-place points in the 50 free (24.53). In the men’s 50 free, MSU combined for 49 points with three of the top five places. Le, who was swimming in an outside lane, edged out Drury’s Vlad Sidorkin by .02 seconds to capture the 50 free crown (20.83). Fellow sophomores Isaac McKnight and Caleb Schuermann finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The men continued to pick up key points in individual events, collecting three more top-five finishes. Junior Michal Bulak nearly pulled off the upset in the 100 fly, placing second (50.38) behind Missouri’s Mack Darragh (50.23). Sophomores Matthew Wilson and Aaron Dennis were fourth and fifth.
Baryshok made a case for Swimmer of the Meet honors, collecting another individual title in the 100 free (45.39). Similar to the 200 free, Kalnins scored valuable points for the Bears, taking third in his final individual event of the day.
In men’s diving, sophomore Garrett Nevels dove to a second-place finish in the 1-meter scramble, while he placed fourth in the 3-meter diving competition. Sophomore Elijah Swaim and Zach Wheeler took home sixth and seventh on the 3-meter board for a combined 25 points.
Junior Lindsey Conway was awarded second-place points in the 1-meter scramble, while Paige Koebbe was the Bears’ top finisher in the 3-meter competition totaling 219.60 points for sixth place.
Swimming in back-to-back events, Schuermann had one of the more impressive swims of the meet after his 500 free in the 200 free relay. Anchoring the third-place finish, the sophomore from Elkhorn, Neb., recorded the fastest relay split of any team (20.18).
Both squads recorded notable performances in the 100 back as Ahlin locked up another fourth-place finish for the women, while Paul Le joined Baryshok with his second Show-Me Showdown title. Le won the event with a time of 49.21 and junior Yuri Garanito’s 50.93 was good for fourth place.
In the final individual event of the day, Sander raced to a first-place finish in the 100 breast and secured the first win for the women’s team. For the men, Carpenter recorded a MSU career best (58.18) to finish fifth, while freshman Isaac Springer (58.44) collected 12 points in his first meet as a Bear.
Entering the final event (400 free relay), the men were in a position to make a comeback and steal the team title away from host Missouri. Trailing by only 12 points with one diving event left to score, the MSU A-Relay (Le, Kalnins, Baryshok, McKnight) picked up one last title (3:02.19), however it wasn’t enough to climb ahead of the Tigers.
On Saturday, the women’s team will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to participate in the University of Arkansas Razorback Relays at 11 a.m. Teams that will be in attendance include Arkansas, Vanderbilt, North Texas and SMU.
Men’s Team Standings
1. Missouri – 630
2. Missouri State – 584
3. Drury – 453
4. Lindenwood – 280.5
5. Missouri S&T – 248
6. Washington University St. Louis – 110.5
7. Truman State – 86
8. William Jewell – 59
Women’s Team Standings
1. Missouri - 691
2. Drury - 484
3. Missouri State - 466
4. Truman State - 227
5. Lindenwood - 214.5
5. Washington University St. Louis - 214.5
7. William Jewell - 106