Missouri State Swimming and Diving Teams Drop Meets in Arkansas
The Missouri State men's and women's swimming and diving teams were outscored Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., in their second competition of the new year. The men dropped a dual meet against fellow Sun Belt member Denver 165-133 and the MSU women were defeated by Denver (161-139) and host Arkansas (185-115).
The Bears' men's team started the meet off with a win and ended with a win in the 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Eduardo Pajares, Andrew McBride, Victor Serra and Ignacio Gayo combined for a time of 3:26.33 to win a close medley relay race over Denver by .27 of a second in the meet opener. Gayo, Serra, Andrew Denefe and Andrew McBride closed the meet with a win in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:07.41.
Pajares was the top performer for Missouri State, taking home three individual championships along with a relay win. The Madrid, Spain, native won the 100 backstroke with a season-best time of 52.36. He swam to victory in the 200 backstroke as well, winning the event in 1:53.57. His final win was in the 500 freestyle in a season-best time of 4:37.40.
Serra came away with two individual gold medals for Missouri State. He won the 100 and 200 butterfly events in times of 50.60 and 1:53.07, respectively.
Gayo was also an individual winner for the Bears as he claimed first place in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 46.52. He added a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 21.28.
On the women's side, Missouri State sophomore Jordan Hawkins swam a season-best time in the 100 freestyle in her split as the lead leg in the Bears’ winning 400 freestyle relay that beat both Arkansas and Denver. Hawkins also won the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.15, edging Arkansas’ Summer Jackson by just .01 of a second. The Choctaw, Okla., native anchored MSU’s 400 medley relay that beat Denver in a time of 3:57.97. Hawkins also added a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.75).
MSU's Fran Moody added a win in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:25.78. She also added a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.75.
The Missouri State swimming and diving teams will head to Columbia, Mo., to compete against the University of Missouri on Friday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.