Nov. 10, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State and Missouri swimming & diving programs wasted little time renewing the in-state rivalry in the fastest dual meet in program history on Thursday evening. With the entire team showing up in championship meet suits, the Tigers let it be known that they were looking to post fast times at the Hammons Student Center pool.
The No. 24-ranked Missouri men's team evened things up after the Bears took home top honors at the Show-Me Showdown on Oct. 8, by defeating MSU 183-114. On the women's side, the 15th-ranked Tigers outscored Missouri State, 206-86.
In all, 20 Hammons Student Center pool records were broken as Missouri set new marks in 18 individual and relay events. Missouri State joined in on the record-breaking action as Vitalii Baryshok and Roni Balzam set new pool records in the 200-yard free (1:38.22) and 200 fly (2:04.59), respectively.
Freshman Vitalii Baryshok continues to impress in his first season with Missouri State as he collected three victories. His win in the 200 free was the Bears' top time this season and was just .14 seconds off of the NCAA "B" qualifying time. The Lugansk, Ukraine native edged out Missouri's Ramom Melo by .03 seconds in the 50 free with a time of 20.97. He completed the individual sweep with a first place in the 100 free (45.02).
Freshman Garrett Nevels was the only other Bear to secure a victory, posting a win in the men's 3-meter diving competition over Missouri's Mitch Harris. In 1-meter diving, MSU's Nevels and Lindsey Conway wrapped up second-place finishes.
Despite the outcome, numerous swims were individual season-bests for the women including Ali Stauffer in the 50 free, Renata Sander in the 100 breast and Marta Nogueroles in the 500 free. Balzam (100 fly) and senior Brianna Willoughby (400 IM) recorded season bests and tops times in their respective events.
Other notable performances in men's action included season-bests by Jared Roberts (1,000 free), Chris Carpenter (100 breast), Michal Bulak (100 and 200 fly), Jacob Sims (50 and 100 free), Yuri Garanito (200 back), Aaron Henry (500 free) and Caleb Schuermann (500 free).
The Bears will begin the invitational season with a weekend trip to Evanston, Ill., for Northwestern University's TYR Invitational, Nov. 18-20.