Women's Swim Team in First After Two Days of Competition at MVC Championship
After two days of competition at the Missouri Valley Conference Swimming and Diving Championship, the Missouri State women’s swimming and diving team continues to dominate the field. Missouri State holds the lead with 626 team points, followed by Illinois State with 470 team points and Southern Illinois with 469 team points. Northern Iowa and Evansville sit in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Missouri State claimed the top spot in the first event of the day, the 200 yard medley relay, as Chelsea Dirks-Ham, Stacey MacDonald, Fran Moody and Jordan Hawkins clocked a time of 1:45.07 in the event.
Freshman Brianna Willoughby continued her dominance in the individual medley events, earning first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:26.54. Her time set a new MVC record as well as a MSU record by nearly four seconds. The Bears went one, two, three in the event as senior Jessica Bennett claimed the number two spot with a time of 4:31.13 and Hilary Morrow took third clocking a time of 4:33.30.
In the 100 butterfly, sophomore Dirks-Ham clocked a time of 55.34 to earn the win, setting a new MVC and MSU record. Breanna Hollar claimed third with a time of 56.87.
Matana Wellman earned a second place finish in the 200 freestyle touching the wall at 1:50.39, setting a new MSU varsity record.
In the 100 breaststroke, an event thought to give Missouri State trouble, three of the eight swimmers in the A-finals were members of the MSU squad. Moody turned in the top performance for the Bears clocking a time of 1:05.78, earning second-place. MacDonald and Kara Fryman placed fourth (1:06.40) and eighth (1:07.90), respectively.
Hawkins set a new MVC, MSU and Dr. Edward Shea Natatorium pool record in the 100 backstroke event with a time of 54.58. Teammate Dirks-Ham claimed second place with a time of 55.87.
In the one-meter diving competition, junior Heather Fulton placed third with a total score of 237.70. Chelsea Ray took fourth with a score of 236.35 and Torrie Villasenior placed sixth with a score of 217.30.
The Bears wrapped up the day with a second-place finish in the 800 free relay. The relay squad consisting of Wellman, Dirks-Ham, Hollar and Dimi Drakopoulos clocked a time of 7:33.58.
The third and final day of the MVC Championship will wrap up on Saturday, February 14.