Missouri State Women's Swimming Squad Wraps Up Day One of MVC Championship



The Missouri State women’s swimming and diving squad turned in several solid performances in day one of competition of the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The Bears sit comfortably in first place, setting two new Valley and MSU records.

After the first day of competition, Missouri State leads the team competition with 231 points, followed by Southern Illinois (189), Illinois State (163), UNI (110) and Evansville (72).


Three Bears participated in the A-finals of the 500 freestyle, with Hilary Morrow turning in the top time for Missouri State(4:58.97) and capturing third place in the event. Dimi Drakopolous placed fifth with a time of 5:00.02 and Katharina Voelkel took sixth with a time of 5:03.35. All three times were personal bests.

In the 200 Individual medley, Missouri State claimed four of the top eight spots in the A-final. Freshman Brianna Willoughby came away with the victory, clocking a personal best time of 2:05.50. Teammate Breanna Hollar finished in a close second-place touching the wall at 2:05.84.

Senior co-captain Jordan Hawkins set a new MSU, MVC, and Dr. Edward Shea Natatorium pool record in the 50 freestyle winning the event with an impressive time of 22.87. Hawkins will go down in Missouri State history as the first woman to record a time under 23 seconds in the 50 free.

In the last race of the day, the 400 medley relay, the Bears claimed the number one spot as Hawkins, Hollar, Chelsea Dirks-Ham and Matana Wellman combined for a time of 3:44.93. The relay squad won the race by more than four lengths and set a new MSU and MVC record.

“The team is swimming very tough, and we are excited about where we are after the first day of competition, stated associate head coach David Collins, “The girls are thrilled with their performances today”.

Missouri Valley Conference Championship action will continue on Friday at 11 a.m. with the 200 yard medley relay.



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