Missouri State Swimming and Diving Squads Ace Test
Missouri State swimming and diving teams honored their senior class with a victory over conference rivals Evansville Purple Aces. Though many of the Bears' top swimmers were resting from the Drury meet, the men won 59-51, while the women won 61-49.
The Bears started out strong with both the men's 200-yard medley relay breaking the pool record. The team of junior Roko Simunic, junior Cajun Skinner, junior Dillon Burns and sophomore Jeff Bentz came in at 1:31.72 breaking the old record by nearly 2 seconds. The women very nearly broke their own pool record, coming in at 1:47.96, a scant .35 second behind the record.
Numerous individuals had to step up to fill the void left by the resting athletes. Most noticeable was sophomore Bryson Cramer, who swam in the 1000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle in three consecutive events. During the stretch, Cramer went second, first and fifth, in that order.
The Bears are headed to St. Charles, Mo. to take part in a meet against Lindenwood, St. Louis University and Illinois Tech at St. Peters Recreational Complex. Diving will begin at 10 a.m. and the swimming events will begin at 1 p.m. This meet will be the final meet for the Bears' regular season.