MSU men win 6 of 11 swimming events in 131-107 loss ; Tigers defeat MSU women 176-66
Oct. 20, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The dual-meet season got underway for the Missouri Statswimming & diving program Saturday (Oct. 20) as the Bears squared off with Missouri in its 'Swim for the Cure' meet, which raised awareness for breast cancer research. Although both squads lost to the Tigers in the team race, Missouri State recorded a variety of season bests at the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon.
In men’s action, Missouri State won six of the 11 swimming events in a 131-107 defeat. The Bears, however, continued match the new Southeastern Conference (SEC) member in most events.
The Tigers defeated the MSU women 176-66, but the Bears jumped out to a quick start in the first individual event of the day with a 1-2 finish. Sophomore distance swimmer Suzanne Van Rensburg registered a time of 10:31.83 to win the 1000 free, while freshman Carly Wright touched the wall second at 10:50.61. Van Rensburg later finished second in the 500 free.
The 200 free continues to be a strong point for the men’s squad as Missouri State took three of the top four spots in the event. For the second time this season, sophomore Vitalii Baryshok won the 200 free (1:39.24), improving his season best from two weeks ago at the Show-Me Showdown. Sophomore Caleb Schuermann (1:41.41) and Uvis Kalnins (1:41.67) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Much like the Show-Me Showdown sequence of events, sophomore Paul Le gave the Bears back-to-back victories following his 50 free. Again in an outside lane, Le bested the Tigers’ sprinter Ramom Melo by .21 seconds. Sophomore Isaac McKnight came in third place with his time of 21.33.
Senior Kaylee Steffen and sophomore Chris Carpenter were the Bears’ top finishers in the 400 IM, both claiming third-place points.
In 1-meter diving, sophomore Garrett Nevels finished third and notched 311.70 points. He reached the 300-point plateau for the first time this season and qualified for the NCAA Zone ‘D’ Championships with the score.
Another one of the strong events for the Missouri State women on Saturday was the 200 fly. Sophomore Roni Balzam (2:05.82) nearly edged out Missouri’s Anna Patterson (2:05.46) for first, however the Bears rounded up a 2-3-4 finish in the event. Finishing behind Balzam were freshmen Ibby Simcox (3rd) and Rebecca Amparano (4th).
Senior Andrea Uzcategui had an impressive day at the pool, swimming the 100 and 200 free. She was the Bears’ top finisher in both events and her time in the 200 was an MSU career best. Uzcategui now has the fast 100 and 200 free marks through the first three meets.
Baryshok conquered the sweep in his individual events by winning the 100 free with a time of 45.44.
In the women’s 200 back, junior Anna Ahlin took second behind US Olympic Trials qualifier Dominque Bouchard. Ahlin (2:03.96) beat out Tigers’ Madi Bridges by .03 seconds to earn the Bears four points.
Le joined Baryshok with his second victory of the afternoon. The sophomore won the 200 back in convincing fashion as his next closest competitor was more than 1.5 seconds behind. His time currently ranks eighth in the nation.
The men closed out the meet strong by winning the final two events after the second break. Freshman Isaac Springer recorded his collegiate victory in the 200 breast, teaming up with junior Colin Hill for the Bears’ first 1-2 finish of the day. In the final race, the quartet of Le, Kalnins, Baryshok and McKnight took care of business and took home first place in the 400 free relay (3:02.24), nearly two seconds ahead of Mizzou’s A-Relay.
Missouri State will return home for its next dual meet as the Bears host crosstown rival Drury during Homecoming Weekend. The meet is set for Friday, October 6 at 5 p.m.
Final Score – Men’s
Missouri – 131
Missouri State -107
Final Score – Women’s
Missouri State – 66