Bears Sitting Fourth After Second Day of Purdue Invitational


Nov. 17, 2012


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After two days of action at the Purdue Invitational, the Missouri State men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams are both sitting in fourth place. The Bears are closing in on Utah in the men’s race, while the women hold a 14-point lead of Big East Conference opponent Cincinnati.

Tomorrow’s events will include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free. Prelims are set for 10 a.m. EST with finals set to begin at 4 p.m. EST.

200 Medley Relay
Initially finishing third in the A-Final, the MSU women’s 200 medley relay (Megan Holthoff, Renata Sander, Roni Balzam, Anna Ahlin) moved into second due to a disqualification for Louisville’s A-Relay. At 1:45.33, the Bears dropped nearly two seconds from their previous best set at the Show-Me Showdown.

The men’s relay of Le, Springer, Baryshok, and Kalnins registered a season best (1:30.56) and placed third overall.

400 IM
Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg moved up one spot in the B-Final (14th) by dropping another two seconds off her prelims time. Additionally, senior Kaylee Steffen stayed put at 16th and shaved off another 1.4 seconds from Saturday morning.

Junior Colin Hill and senior captain Daan Jansen continued the trend of dropping time in the B-Final of the men’s 400 IM. Finishing 11th and 12th, the pair of Bears broke the 4-minute barrier for the first time this season.

100 Fly
Although the Bears didn’t have any women in the scoring heats, all three swimmers (Balzam, Simcox, Chesser) in the C- and D-Finals dropped time from their prelims swims.

In the men’s 100 fly, junior Michal Bulak improved a spot in the rankings and finished seventh overall with a time of 49.90. Also scoring in the B-Final was Matthew Wilson in 13th place.

200 Free
Like the prelims, freshman Carly Wright registered the top swim for the Bears and won the C-Final with a time of 1:52.49, which was more than two seconds faster than her prelims mark.

With two swimmers in the 200 free A-Finals, the Bears looked to capitalize on the point-scoring opportunity. They did just that as Vitalii Baryshok (1:38.23) moved from eighth to third, while Uvis Kalninsi improved a spot into fifth place (1:38.67).

100 Breast
With the second-fastest time in prelims, junior Renata Sander jumped out to an early lead in the championship final didn’t look back. The Belo Horizonte, Brazil native raced to an individual title and broke her own MSU record by one hundredth (1:02.34). Adding to the women’s point total was senior captain Melissa Oishi who won the B-Final (1:04.65) and Alyssa Powers in 16th.

Isaac Springer stayed put as the No. 3 seed in the 100 breast, bettering his time by .05 seconds. Also scoring A-Final points for the Bears was Aaron Dennis in eighth place.

100 Back
Out with the fastest split at the 50-yard mark, sophomore Paul Le fell short of upsetting No. 1 seed Aaron Young (Louisville) in the 100 back by .07 seconds. Le swam a season best (48.70) and was just .21 seconds off the NCAA ‘B’ standard in the event.

800 Free Relay
To cap off the night, the men’s 800 free relay of Le, Kalnins, Baryshok and Schuermann cruised to a victory by more than two seconds over Purdue, SIU, Louisville, Utah and Cincinnati.

Team Standings – Men
1. Louisville – 686
2. Purdue – 519
3. Utah – 319
4. Missouri State – 286
5. Southern Illinois – 168
6. Cincinnati – 113
7. Michigan – 93

Team Standings – Women
1. Purdue – 739
2. Louisville – 706.5
3. Utah – 225.5
4. Missouri State – 164
5. Cincinnati – 150
6. Southern Illinois – 84
7. Michigan - 60



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