Bears wrap up first half of 2012-13 schedule, will return to action on Jan. 12 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Dec. 17, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Missouri State wrapped up the first half of the 2012-13 swimming & diving schedule on Monday (Dec. 17) with the final day of competition at the University of Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational. The Bears picked up a trio of top-three finishes, including the first and only victory of the weekend when sophomore Vitalii Baryshok claimed the 100 free title.
TCU edged Incarnate Word in the men’s final team standings, while North Texas took home the top team honors on the women’s side.
Without any training, sophomores Garrett Nevels and Elijah Swaim competed in the men’s platform diving event on Monday and combined for 53 points for the Bears. Nevels and Swaim placed third and fourth, respectively, in the field of six athletes.
The Bears entered a group of eight swimmers into the 1650 free that took place prior to the finals session. In the women’s event, freshman Heather Snyder ranked as the Bears’ top mile swimmer, finishing 13th overall with a time of 17:35.36. A trio of Missouri State swimmers finished in close proximity in the final standings of the men’s 1650 free. Jared Roberts led the way in ninth (16:05.14), followed by Uvis Kalnins (16:17.25) and Caleb Schuermann (16:17.81) in 10th and 11th.
Junior Anna Ahlin was the top finisher in the women’s 200 back, finishing 10th overall after dropping two seconds from her morning swim. Paul Le added to his collection of A-Final appearances in the 200 back, finishing seventh overall (1:49.14). The Bears also had a strong showing in the B-Final as Yuri Garanito secured the victory in the consolation heat and senior captain Daan Jansen swam a season best (1:52.69) to finish 11th.
In the 100 free, Missouri State’s Andrea Uzcategui placed 12th overall in the B-Final (53.05) and freshman Kate Gately won the C-Final, clocking in at 53.68.
Baryshok captured the Bears’ first and only victory of the three-day meet by winning the 100 free. Baryshok (45.03) defeated UIW’s Scott Jonsson by more than a second and improved his season best by a hundredth of a second. Alongside Baryshok in the 100 free A-Final was Kalnins, who placed fifth in his second event of the afternoon.
Qualifying for an A-Final for the second time in as many days, junior Renata Sander was the Bears’ top swimmer in the 200 breast and finished seventh. In the men’s evening session, first-year swimmer Isaac Springer mirrored Sander’s finish and placed seventh in the A-Final.
In the final individual event of the day, sophomore Roni Balzam represented Missouri State in the B-Final of the 200 fly. She dropped a second from her morning swim to finish 12th (2:07.34). With a smaller field in the 200 fly, the MSU men were able to get three swimmers into the A-Final. Sophomore Matthew Wilson had a breakout swim (1:49.70), shaving 1.73 seconds off his season best. Wilson was the runner-up and came within .29 seconds of TCU’s Luiz Azarias. Michal Bulak and Colin Hill finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
To conclude the meet, the Bears raced to a fourth-place finish in the men’s 400 free relay (3:03.01), which included a 45.68 leadoff split by Paul Le.
The MSU swimming & diving team will take a break and kick off the second half of the season with a trip to Fayetteville, Ark. on Jan. 12. The Bears will have a chance to take on Top-25 competition with duals against Penn State and Arkansas.
Final Team Standings – Men
1. TCU – 2200
2. Incarnate Word - 2170
3. Missouri State - 1428
Final Team Standings – Women
1. North Texas -1911
2. TCU – 1810
3. Rice – 1689.5
4. Incarnate Word – 961
5. Missouri State – 523.5