Men's Swimming & Diving Faces Tough Field at Shamrock Invitational This Weekend
Jan. 30, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Missouri State men’s swimming & diving team is set to take on Notre Dame, No. 25 Iowa and Incarnate Word at the Shamrock Invitational Friday and Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The meet will be scored as a series of duals getting underway at 4 p.m., central time Friday. Saturday will be split into two sessions, the first beginning at 9 a.m., and the second at 4 p.m. Live results will be available on MissouriStateBears.com.
The Bears are 1-2 all-time in duals against the Hawkeyes, who sneaked into the College Swimming Coaches Association of America top 25 this week. Missouri State is 0-1 against the Irish, who are receiving votes in this week’s poll.
Missouri State has never faced Incarnate Word in a dual format, but traveled to the UIW Christmas Invitational in 2011 and 2012.
Missouri State’s only win against Iowa – an 85.5-54.5 victory – came Nov. 4, 2005, in Lawrence, Kan. The Bears fell, 246-122, against then-No. 20 Iowa on Feb. 2, 2013, in their last meeting at the Northwestern Invitational. Notre Dame topped MSU, 210-160, at Northwestern last season, as well.
The Bears completed a solid week last week, going 2-1 in duals against Drury, Missouri S&T and Lindenwood. MSU got some solid individual performances, including from sophomore Uvis Kalnins whose 100 freestyle time of 44.97 at Drury on Jan. 23 ranks second in the m MAC this season.
Junior Caleb Schuermann now owns the conference’s third best time in the 1,000 free of 9:24.59, set at Drury.
Kalnins posted the fourth best 200 butterfly time on the team Saturday against Missouri S&T and Lindenwood in 1:56.01. Schuermann followed that with the fifth best 500 free in 4:56.38.
Also at Drury, junior Vitalii Baryshok turned in the MAC’s sixth best mark in the 100 fly. He swam 49.36. Freshman Uldis Tazans, who joined the team from Latvia at the semester break, also notched the league’s eighth best mark in the 100 breaststroke in 56.67.
The Bears will look to improve on those times as the meet marks their final outing before MAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., March 6-8.