Bears Swimming & Diving Tops Evansville at Home as Two Men's Pool Records Fall
Nov. 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State swimming & diving teams swept dual meets from Evansville at Hammons Student Center Pool Friday.
The men won, 131-103, and the women took a 142-95 decision. With the victories, the men's team improved to 16-0 all-time against the Purple Aces while the women moved to 12-2 overall versus UE.
Two more pool records fell on Friday, with junior Paul Le breaking the 50-yard freestyle record in 20.35 and sophomore Isaac Springerthe 100 breaststroke mark in 55.89. The Bears won 18 of the 26 events contested on the day with a pair of MSU swimmers picking up their first collegiate victories.
Freshmen Naresh Naik and Brandon Weissman each won for the first time in the careers at the college level. Naik won the 1,000 free and 100 free in 9:33.24 and 47.76, respectively, while Weissman claimed the 500 free in 4:45.18.
Coming off of MAC Swimmer of the Week honors, junior diver Garrett Nevels repeated as the winner of both men's springboard events. He won the 1-meter dive with 292.12 points and 3-meter event with 324.75.
Five Bears won multiple individual events. Aside from the two victories apiece from Naik and Nevels , sophomore Dora Kiss took the 200 (1:53.43) and 500 free (5:01.66), senior Renata Sander won the 200 IM (2:09.85) and 100 breast (1:05.10) and senior Yuri Garanito the 200 IM (1:57.29) and 100 back (50.11). Le joined the two-win club with a victory in the 100 butterfly in 48.97, as well.
Missouri State was victorious in both 200 medley relays. Megan Holthoff, Sander, Ibby Simcox and Janke Engelbrecht touched in 1:48.12 on the women's side. Le, Springer Vitalii Baryshok and Uvis Kalnins claimed the men's race in 1:30.51.
The Bears are back in action Saturday, hosting Southern Illinois at 11 a.m.