Tonight's finals session will include the 200 MR, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 FR
Nov. 17, 2012
Day 2 Prelims Results
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Missouri State swimming & diving team was able to shake off some of the first-day jitters at the Purdue Invitational, combining for a total of seven A-Final and 11 B-Final swims on Saturday (Nov. 17).
Saturday’s finals session will begin at 6:00 p.m. EST. Live results for tonight’s action can be found on PurdueSports.com.
To begin the second day of competition, the Missouri State women placed two swimmers in the B-Final of the 400 IM. After her goggles filled up with water off the start, sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg ditched the goggles at the turn and made up for lost time to finish 15th. Senior Kaylee Steffen (16th) grabbed the final spot in the B-Final.
Junior Colin Hill swam a lifetime best in the men’s 400 IM (4:00.55) and grabbed the top seed in the B-Final. Just one hundredth of a second separated Hill from Utah’s Ian Clarke and a spot in the A-Final. Senior Daan Jansen knocked off nearly seven seconds from his previous season best and finished 12th overall.
Sophomore Roni Balzam went back-to-back events with little rest after swimming the 400 IM and finishing 18th. She turned right back around and recorded a season best (57.07) and qualified for the C-Final as the Bears’ top finisher in 20th.
Both Michal Bulak and Matthew Wilson went under the 50-second mark for the first time this season. Bulak snuck into the A-Final (49.80), edging out Utah’s David Fraser by .03 seconds. Wilson (10th) was not far behind finishing just .06 seconds behind Bulak.
Freshman Carly Wright had the fastest 200 free time of the morning (1:54.58), which was good enough for 21st in the C-Final. Joining Wright will be Hannah Molden and Andrea Uzceatgui.
Missouri State and first-place Louisville both had multiple swimmers qualify for the A-Final of the 200 free. Representing the Bears will be Uvis Kalnins, who broke the 1:40 barrier (1:39.65) for the first time this year, and Vitalii Baryshok who is eighth heading into tonight’s championship final. Sophomore Isaac McKnight continues to have a solid meet, qualifying 12th for the B-Final.
2012 MVC Swimmer of the Year Renata Sander scored the women’s first A-Final appearance of the meet with her second-place finish (1:03.18) in prelims. Ahead of Sander is Purdue’s Emily Fogle who recorded an NCAA ‘A’ cut with a time of 59.34. Senior captain Melissa Oishi dropped two seconds off her top time this season and is seeded 11th in the B-Final.
Following a lightning quick 100 breaststroke split (54.64) in Friday’s second-place 400 medley relay, freshman Isaac Springer led the way for the Bears with the third-fastest time of the prelims. His time of 55.29 marked the first NCAA ‘B’ cut for either MSU squad this season. Joining Springer in the A-Final will be Aaron Dennis, who finished eighth (57.92). In his second individual event of Saturday, Hill made the B-Final in 12th place.
While Purdue and Louisville owned the top 10 spots in the 100 back, Anna Ahlin (11th) and Megan Holthoff (16th) will have a chance to score points for the Bears in tonight’s B-Final.
Sophomore Paul Le registered the day’s second-fastest time (48.95) in the 100 back and will challenge the top seed from Louisville. Cardinal’s Aaron Young is just .19 seconds ahead of Le at 48.76. Junior Yuri Garanito added to the list of Bears in scoring heats as he qualified 12th with a time of 50.45.
With just eight athletes qualifying for the night session, all three MSU divers failed to make the cut in the 3-meter diving competition. Garrett Nevels placed 15th and was the Bears' highest finisher (276.25). With their highest finishes of the weekend, Eli Swaim and Zach Wheeler placed 17th and 18th, respectively.