MSU men cap off Friday with an impressive second-place finish in the 400 medley relay
Nov. 16, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite a slow start to the Purdue Invitational on Friday (Nov. 16), the Missouri State swimming & diving team continues to produce season-best times at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
In the men’s team standings, the Bears sit in fourth place after the first day of action. The Missouri State women, who are fifth, are just two points behind Cincinnati.
200 Free Relay
Missouri State’s A-Relay that consisted of Kate Gately, Anna Ahlin, Megan Holthoff and Andrea Uzcategui battled back to edge Southern Illinois for fifth place.
The men’s quartet of Le, Baryshok, McKnight and Schuermann finished fifth with a season best and was just .43 seconds off the Bears’ top time from last season at the 2012 MAC Championships.
The trio of Hannah Molden, Carly Wright and Heather Snyder all dropped time in their respective races in the C- and D-Finals. Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg represented the Bears in the scoring heats and finished 16th overall. Her mark of 5:03.28 in prelims is the fastest time this season for the MSU women.
Missouri State’s men picked up 24 points in the event, the third most of any team in the seven-team field. Sophomore Vitalii Baryshok, the lone A-Final qualifier, fell a spot in the rankings, but collected 11 points in eighth place. Latvian freshman Uvis Kalnins had an impressive swim in the B-Final, winning the heat (4:30.16) and dropping an additional three seconds from this morning’s prelims. He now owns the fastest time on the season for the Bears. Caleb Schuermann (4:35.73) dropped .25 seconds to finish 14th, while Jared Roberts fell to 16th place.
Juniors Renata Sander and Anna Ahlin improved on their preliminary swims and earned the Bears six points in the 200 IM. Sander, the reigning MVC Swimmer of the Year, bettered her top time this season to finish 13th. Ahlin shaved off another .78 seconds and placed 15th overall. All three Bears in the D-Final (Chesser, Steffen, Simcox) had season bests.
After getting edged out in the prelims for a spot in the A-Final by .03 seconds, sophomore Paul Le rebounded nicely and dropped another .98 seconds off his season best to finish 10th. His time in the B-Final was the fourth fastest time on Friday evening. Jansen and Carpenter rounded out the top 16 in 15th and 16th, respectively. In addition to the scoring heats, MSU had four swimmers in the C-Final, all of which improved on their prelims times.
Baryshok and sophomore Isaac McKnight switched spots in the rankings, although the pair of sprinters were both within .10 seconds of their times in prelims. Newcomer Jack Snow finished second in the D-Final and set a season best 21.27.
400 Medley Relay
The Bears wrapped up the first day of action with another fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:48.85). Leading the way for the MSU women was Ahlin, Sander, Balzam and Uzcategui, who almost edged Cincinnati for fourth place.
Missouri State’s men gained some momentum to carry into Saturday with strong performances all three relays. The B-Relay (Garanito, Carpenter, Wilson, McKnight) won the second-to-last heat with a time of 3:21.96, while the A-Relay of Paul Le, Isaac Springer, Vitalii Baryshok and Uvis Kalnins challenged first-place Louisville for top honors. The Bears finished second (3:16.92) and were just .64 seconds away from the Bears’ top time last year at conference.
Team Standings – Men
1. Louisville – 266
2. Purdue – 245
3. Utah – 154
4. Missouri State – 99
5. Southern Illinois – 82
6. Cincinnati – 54
7. Michigan - 37
Team Standings – Women
1. Louisville – 302.5
2. Purdue – 301
3. Utah – 128.5
4. Cincinnati – 65
5. Missouri State – 63
6. Southern Illinois – 53
7. Michigan – 23