Swimming & Diving Improves on Second Day of UIW Christmas Invitational


Dec. 16, 2012

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – On Sunday (Dec. 16), the Missouri State swimming & diving team was able to pick up some traction at the UIW Christmas Invitational, totaling 13 finishes in the top eight. Included in that was a pair of third-place relays, four consecutive men’s races with a top-three finisher, and another second-place finish for diver Garrett Nevels.

The Bears opened the evening with a strong showing in the men’s 200 medley relay. Missouri State’s A relay of Paul Le, Isaac Springer, Vitalii Baryshok and Uvis Kalnins finished third (1:31.78), while .23 seconds separated second through fourth place.

Following his anchor leg in the 200 medley relay, Kalnins was back on the blocks, this time in the 400 IM championship finals. Entering the evening as the No. 4 seed, the freshman from Valmiera, Latvia posted the Bears’ fastest time this season in the event (3:59.13) and moved up a spot to finish in the top three. In the 400 IM B-Final, Bears’ upperclassmen Daan Jansen and Colin Hill were able to shave off nearly five seconds from each of their prelims times to finish 10th and 12th, respectively.

The Missouri State women had two swimmers in the C-Final of both the 400 IM and 100 fly. Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg placed 21st overall in the distance IM event and was the Bears’ top finisher. Fellow sophomore Roni Balzam finished 21st out of 37 swimmers in the 100 fly, just moments after her swim in the C-Final of the 400 IM.

Le, a sophomore from Moore, Okla., secured Missouri State’s second straight top-three performance with a third-place finish in the 100 fly. With his time of 49.37, Le overtook the No. 1 spot on the Bears’ top times list. It also marked the first time this season that the versatile sophomore swam the 100 fly. Also joining Le in the A-Final was sophomore Matthew Wilson, who finished seventh overall (50.48).

In the women’s 200 free, freshman Carly Wright was the only Bear to score. She placed 24th with a time of 1:57.32.

Baryshok took home runner-up honors in the 200 free (1:38.90) and was just five hundredths of a second shy of collecting the Bears’ first title of the invitational. MSU also had a group of five swimmers in the B-Final, with sophomore Caleb Schuermann winning the consolation final in 1 minute, 42.07 seconds.

Junior Renata Sander provided the women’s team with its first A-Final swim of the meet in the 100 breast. She finished seventh and scored 23 points for the Bears. Also swimming this evening was senior Melissa Oishi (13th) in the B-Final, along with Alyssa Powers, Olivia Gean and Andi Burroughs in the C-Final.

Isaac Springer continued the trend of top-three finishes for the MSU men, placing third overall with a time of 56.24. Like Springer, sophomore Aaron Dennis shaved time off his prelims mark and won the consolation final (57.96).

Helping pick up a bit of momentum for the women’s squad, junior Anna Ahlin secured an A-Final appearance for the Bears and finished seventh overall in the 100 back (58.02). Other point scorers in the 100 back included Janke Engelbrecht (16th), Megan Holthoff (19th) and Kate Gately (23rd).

In the men’s 100 back, junior Yuri Garanito registered a season-best (49.76) and was the Bears’ top finisher in fifth place. Because of limitations on individual events for the meet, Paul Le scratched the 100 back after posting the fourth-fastest split in prelims (49.46).

To conclude the second day of action at The Aquatic Center on the campus of Palo Alto College, the Bears recorded another third-place relay finish in the 800 free relay. The quartet of Le, Kalnins, Baryshok and Schuermann finished behind Incarnate Word and TCU with a tie of 6:41.31.

In between swimming prelims and finals, the men’s 1-meter and women’s 3-meter diving competition took place. Sophomore Garrett Nevels was again near the top of the leaderboard with 271.70 points. On Sunday, TCU’s Curtis Muller edged Nevels by .80 points to take home top honors. Also joining Nevels in the top five of the 1-meter competition was Elijah Swaim in fifth.

Missouri State wraps up the UIW Christmas Invitational on Monday (Dec. 17). Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. CST, while the finals begin an hour earlier at 4 p.m. Check out live results for tomorrow’s events at legacy.alamo.edu.

Team Standings After Event 26 – Men
1. TCU – 1456
2. Incarnate Word – 1394
3. Missouri State - 913

Team Standings After Event 27 – Women
1. North Texas – 1284.5
2. TCU – 1231
3. Rice – 1134.5
4. Incarnate Word – 621
5. Missouri State - 323



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