MSU Men's Swimming Takes Down TCU, 258-114, in Splash Bash
Dec. 15, 2013
JENKS, Okla. - The Missouri State men's swimming team won all events against TCU for the second consecutive day to defeat the Horned Frogs and win the Oklahoma Splash Bash, 258-114, Sunday at Trojan Aquatic Center.
The MSU women fell to TCU, 213-151, in the two-day event.
The victory for the men is their eighth all-time against the Big 12 school and second straight in the series, upping the Bears' dual meet mark to 4-1 this season. The women drop to 3-3 with the loss. TCU is now 1-2 and 3-2 in men's and women's duals this year.
Junior Paul Le and sophomore Isaac Springer led the way for the Bears, winning two individual events apiece on the day. Le also claimed wins in both the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:02.47) and 200-medley relay (3:19.36) to come away with four pool records Sunday.
Springer was victorious in the 50 breaststroke in a pool-record 25.97 and 200 breast in 2:06.90, while swimming the breaststroke leg of the medley relay.
Le took the 50 and 100 backstroke events in pool records of 22.79 and 1:45.61.
Other individual wins on the men's side came from sophomore Uvis Kalnins in the 400 IM (4:00.36) and classmate Miguel Davila in the 500 free (4:36.33). Juniors Vitalii Baryshok (100 free, 46.14) and Matthew Wilson(100 butterfly, 49.86) also won events.
The meet marked the return to competition of juniors Chris Carpenter and Caleb Schuermann. Carpenter had been out the entire season with a shoulder injury and Schuermann saw his first action since the season-opening Show-Me Showdown at Missouri on Oct. 4. Carpenter finished third in the 50 breast, while Schuermann anchored the winning 400-free relay and was third in the 100 free in 47.12.
Senior Renata Sander won a pair of events for the MSU women, taking the 50- (29.94) and 200-yard breast (2:20.36). Freshman Anna Bump helped the Bears go 1-2 in the 50, finishing in 30.57 in the event.
For the second consecutive day, the Bears and Horned Frogs participated in a combined practice session with swimmers from both schools learning from the experience.
"This morning was a lot of fun swimming on relays with TCU and against a mixed TCU-MSU relay," Schuermann said. "We called ourselves the Horned Bears. It was cool seeing different coaches styles and motivation tactics."
Missouri State returns to the pool Jan. 8 against Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo.