Tonight's finals session will include the 200 FR, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 MR & 1-meter diving
Nov. 16, 2012
Day 1 Prelims Results
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Missouri State swimming & diving program kicked off the Purdue Invitational on Friday with prelims in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 1-meter diving.
With seven teams at the event, tonight's finals session will feature this morning's top performers in A, B, C, and D finals, while the top 16 finishers will score points in the A and B finals. The 200 free relay and 400 medley relay will also take place during Friday's evening session.
Three female swimmers qualified for the scoring heats, in addition to one A-Final and eight B-Final qualifying swims on the men's side.
Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg led the charge for the Bears, qualifying for the B-Final in 15th place. Also swimming in the evening's non-scoring heats will be Hannah Molden, Carly Wright, and Heather Snyder.
Sophomore Vitalii Baryshok swam a team-best 4:32.84 to make the championship finals (6th). Freshman Uvis Kalnins is the top qualifier for the B-Final (4:33.18) after finishing .09 seconds behind the eight-place finisher. Both under 4:40 for the first time this season, junior Jared Roberts (4:35.54) and sophomore Caleb Schuermann (4:35.98) also made the consolation finals.
The junior duo of Renata Sander and Anna Ahlin shaved more than two seconds off their season bests to make it back in the B-Final. Also qualifying for the C- and D-Finals were Balzam, Simcox, Chesser and Steffen.
In the men's 200 IM, it was a matter of hundredths separating the Bears' swimmers from making the faster heats. Sophomore Paul Le had the fastest time of the morning (1:51.28), but was .03 seconds and one place away from the A-Final. Chris Carpenter (1:531.34) and Daan Jansen (1:53.58) will also be swimming in the B-Final along with Le. Junior Colin Hill was .08 seconds from making the top 16 and qualifying for a scoring heat. Joining Hill in the C-Final is Michal Bulak and Aaron Dennis.
Freshman sprinter Kate Gately recorded MSU's fastest 50 split of the morning with a 24.33. She finished 21st and will swim in the C-Final. Also swimming again this evening in the D-Final will be Megan Holthoff (24.63), Janke Engelbrecht (24.63) and Andrea Uzcategui (24.66).
Sophomore Isaac McKnight highlighted Missouri State's performances in the 50 free with a season best and the Bears' fastest time of the morning (21.01). Baryshok (21.07) and Le (21.09) were .02 seconds apart, finishing 16th and 17th, respectively.
Garrett Nevels led the way for Missouri State on the 1-meter board with a 12th-place finish (273.45). He registered three dives above 50 points including the forward 2 1/2 somersault pike, reverse 1 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twist free and back 2 1/2 somersault tuck. Fellow sophomores Zach Wheeler (233.35) and Eli Swaim (221.25) finished 20th and 21st, respectively.