Missouri State Swimming & Diving Sweeps SIU; Three More Men's Pool Records Set
Nov. 2, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - The Missouri State men's and women's swimming & diving teams swept a dual meet from Southern Illinois Saturday at Hammons Student Center Pool.
The men's team defeated the Salukis, 148-95, and the women won, 121.5-119.5. The win for the men improved them to 14-11 all-time against SIU while the women moved to 8-10 versus the Salukis.
Three pool records for the MSU men were set on Saturday. Sophomore Uvis Kalnins broke the pool mark in the 200-yard IM in 1:49.63 and junior Paul Le followed suit in the 200 backstroke in 1:45.61. Then, with the meet already decided, the 400 freestyle relay team of Le, junior Isaac McKnight, senior Vitalii Baryshokand Kalnins finished strong with the final pool record of the day in 3:02.58.
The men's team won 10 events on the day with other victories coming from Miguel Davila in the 1,000 free (9:24.10), Le in the 50 free (20.52), Matthew Wilson in the 200 butterfly (1:50.50), Isaac Springer in the 200 breast (2:05.43) and Kalnins in the 100 free (45.76).
The 400 medley relay team of Yuri Garanito, Springer, Wilson and Baryshok claimed that event in 3:21.99.
Junior diver Garrett Nevels won the 1-meter event with 327.90 points.
The women had some strong swims despite having a difficult day overall. Senior Renata Sander won both the 200 IM (2:10.49) and 200 breast (2:21.73). Sophomore Kate Gately took the 100 free in 53.15. Sophomore Dora Kiss touched first in the 200 fly in 2:05.78 for the Bears' only other individual event win of the day.
Missouri State hosts Missouri Friday at 5 p.m., and the women welcome Arkansas to Hammond Student Center Saturday at 1 p.m.