Missouri State's men, women posted numerous season bests during the three-day prelims-finals meet
Nov. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With a handful of elite teams at the Purdue Invitational this weekend, the Missouri State swimming & diving program held its own and placed several swimmers in scoring heats throughout the three-day prelims-finals meet. On Sunday (Nov. 18), both Bears’ squads finished fourth in the seven-team fields.
The University of Louisville cruised to the team title in the men’s race, while host Purdue outlasted the Cardinals on the women’s side.
With only a pair of three-day invites on the schedule, the Purdue Invitational allowed the MSU coaching staff to gauge where they’d like the Bears to be at come February and March for the Missouri Valley and Mid-American Conference meets.
“This is really our dress rehearsal for the conference championships,” head coach Dave Collins said following the meet. “That being said, I’m pretty pleased with where we’re at in November, but we have a lot of work to do. This was a good evaluation process.”
Sophomore distance swimmer Suzanne Van Rensburg finished 10th overall with a time of 17:01.12, which is a vast improvement from her 17:22 at the TYR Invite this time last year. Freshman Carly Wright (15th) also placed in the top 16 with her time of 17:27.59 to score two points for the Bears.
MSU had four men score points in the 1650 free with junior Jared Roberts leading the charge in eighth place. Roberts posted a 15:47.49 with the team’s first opportunity to swim the long distance event. Schuermann finished 11th with a time of 16:00.66, followed by Daan Jansen (16:16.39) in 12th and Jake Coleman (16:40.78) in 15th.
In her first A-Final of the meet, junior Anna Ahlin stayed put with the seventh-fastest time of championship heat (2:01.78), scoring the Bears 12 points.
Paul Le and Yuri Garanito represented Missouri State in the men’s A-Final and each moved up a spot in the final rankings. Le secured a fourth-place finish (1:47.16) and Garanito was right behind in fifth (1:48.13). Freshman Jack Snow totaled two points with his 15th-place finish in the B-Final.
After registering a season best (51.85) this morning in prelims, senior freestyler Andrea Uzcategui went a 52.07 to place 12th overall.
Vitalii Baryshok rebounded from a sub-par performance this morning to win the B-Final and score nine points for the Bears. His time of 45.04 edged SIU’s Till Pallmann by .13 seconds. Freshman Uvis Kalnins moved up a spot in the rankings to finish 15th overall. In the bonus heats, Isaac McKnight broke the 46-second barrier for the first time this season (45.93) to win the C-Final.
Continuing to gain momentum in the breaststroke events, junior Renata Sander dropped another 1.5 seconds off her morning swim to tie for third in the 200 breast. Last night, Sander took home the Purdue Invitational title in the 100 breast.
In the men’s A-Final, Isaac Springer inched his way closer to breaking two minutes in the event. The freshman from Omaha, Neb., went from 2:02.51 to 2:01.21 in finals for a sixth-place finish. Just behind Springer was Colin Hill in seventh.
In the C-Final, freshman Rebecca Amparano dropped more than three seconds from her prelims time to win the heat and register the second-fastest time (2:04.83) for the Bears this season. Fellow frosh Ibby Simcox improved on her season best to finish 13th with a time of 2:05.64. Roni Balzam then collected eighth-place points in the A-Final.
Sophomore Matthew Wilson held his spot as the top seed in the B-Final, finishing ninth overall. In the men’s A-Final, Michal Bulak remained in sixth place and dropped a half second to clock in at 1:50.66.
400 Free Relay
In the final event for the women, the Bears (Gately, Ahlin, Uzcategui, Engelbrecht) dropped four seconds from their previous season best and finished fifth in front of Southern Illinois.
MSU’s top group in the men’s 400 free relay was .13 away from breaking 3:00, but the Bears’ time of 3:00.13 was good for third place behind Utah (2:58.46) and Purdue (2:59.80).
Team Standings – Men
1. Louisville – 1,031
2. Purdue - 802
3. Utah - 462
4. Missouri State - 429
5. Southern Illinois - 238
6. Michigan - 198
7. Cincinnati - 143
Team Standings – Women
1. Purdue – 1,119
2. Louisville – 1,026.5
3. Utah - 343
4. Missouri State – 258.5
5. Cincinnati - 211
6. Southern Illinois - 159
7. Michigan - 117