No. 23 Missouri State Cruises in Win Over Drury Men; Women Edged by Panthers
Oct. 26, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The 23rd-ranked Missouri State men's swimming & diving team cruised to a 65-point victory over defending NCAA Division II champion Drury on Friday (Oct. 26) at Hammons Student Center Pool. Meanwhile, the competition in the women's team race was fierce and came down to the final relay. The Panthers claimed first place in the 400 free relay to steal the 125-116 victory from the MSU women.
Overall, 10 different Missouri State swimmers and divers captured individual victories on Friday and collected two of four wins in the 400 medley and 400 free relays.
Head coach Dave Collins was happy with the Bears' performance against the NCAA Division II powerhouse.
"It was a good performance for the men, especially coming off swimming well in Columbia against Mizzou," Collins said. "To bounce back [from the Missouri loss] against a really tough opponent, it showed a lot of character for the men. There were a lot of times that we are happy with at this point in the season."
"On the women's side, we are really proud of their efforts," Collins added. "You're dealing with a team that has national recognition in Drury and our women fought until the very end. That is what we were focused on and we put ourselves into a position to win. It came down to the last relay and that is all you can ask for."
To kick off the Homecoming Weekend meet, sophomore Garrett Nevels posted his best 6-dive score of the season en route to a first-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition.
The Bears came out strong in the 400 medley relays. The MSU quartet of Anna Ahlin, Renata Sander, Roni Balzam and Andrea Uzcategui recorded its fastest time this season (3:52.27) and defeated the Panthers A-Relay by more than four seconds. Immediately following, Missouri State's men (Yuri Garanito, Isaac Springer, Paul Le, Vitalii Baryshok) made some noise in front a packed house, setting the Hammons Student Center pool record with a time of 3:21.13.
Baryshok continues to move up the charts nationally with his 200 free. On Friday, the Lugansk, Ukraine native won the event with a time 1:38.90 and was followed by teammates Uvis Kalnins (1:41.27) and Caleb Schuermann (1:41.62).
Le remains undefeated in his individual events this season as he took home the top time in both the 50 free (20.85) and 200 back (1:49.76). Junior backstroker Yuri Garanito registered a second-place finish in the 200 back to give the Bears the top two times in the race.
In addition to winning their third event in-a-row, the Missouri State men recorded another 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM. Sophomore Chris Carpenter led the charge with a season-best 1:53.68, followed by Daan Jansen (1:53.84) and Colin Hill (1:54.74).
The Bears swept the 200 fly with Balzam collecting the first-place finish in the women's 200 and sophomore Matthew Wilson winning the men's race with a season-best 1:51.95.
Baryshok won his second event of the evening with a victory in the 100 free.
Missouri State's Anna Ahlin was victorious in the 200 back with a time of 2:04.47. Her closest competitor was more than two seconds behind.
Freshman Uvis Kalnins edged out Drury's Ryan Arabejo by a mere .08 seconds in the 500 free to pick up the men's eighth individual win of the night. The Bears finished first in all but two events (1000 free and 3-meter diving).
The MSU men and women teamed up for another sweep in the 200 breast as Renata Sander won by more than two seconds and the men captured their third 1-2-3 finish of the night. Springer, a freshman from Omaha, Neb. edged out teammate Colin Hill by .06 seconds. Carpenter finished third for the Bears.
On the women's side, Drury was ahead by just four points heading into the final event. In a position to come from behind, the Bears came up short in 400 free relay and finished second and third to the Panthers. The men's relay, which consisted of Schuermann, McKnight, Kalnins and Wilson, was edged by Drury in the final leg of the relay after Drury's Vlad Sidorkin posted a split of 44.92. Despite the finish, MSU sophomore Matthew Wilson registered a lifetime best with his anchor split of 46.71.
On Saturday (Oct. 27), the Bears will host their annual Alumni-Intrasquad meet at 5 p.m. Missouri State will hit the road next weekend for Evansville and Southern Illinois. While in Carbondale, Ill., the men will also face Air Force in a dual-meet format.
Final Score - Men's
Missouri State - 154
Drury - 89
Final Score - Women's
Drury - 125
Missouri State - 116