Bears Swimming in Second Entering Final Day of Sun Belt Championship
Following the third day of competition, the Missouri State men’s swimming and diving squad sits in second place with 810.50 points in the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Championship in Nashville, Tenn. In first place is Denver with 864.50 points.
The men claimed first place in three of five individual swimming events for the third day of competition and won the only relay event of the night.
Leading off the winning 400 medley relay was Roko Simunic swimming the backstroke leg. He was followed by Cajun Skinner and Victor Serra. Anchoring the relay was Ciro Sauaia. The men finished with a time of 3:12.48, setting a new Sun Belt Conference record. The team’s time was also qualified as a NCAA Division I “B” cut.
In the first individual race of the evening, Vic Riffel finished second, clocking 3:52.92 in the 400 IM, which qualified as a NCAA Division I B-standard time. Also swimming in the event was Eduardo Pajares who finished fourth with a time of 3:53.26.
Serra won his second individual event of the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Championship in the 200 fly. His time qualified as a NCAA Division I B-standard time and also set a new SBC record. Serra finished with at time of 47.45. Closely behind was Sauaia who came in third in the event with a time of 48.37.
In the 100 breaststroke, Skinner captured first place and set a new Sun Belt Conference record, clocking 54.18 and registering a NCAA Division I “B” cut time. Also placing first in an event was Simunic. He recorded a NCAA Division I B-standard time of 47.40 in the 100 backstroke to earn medalist honors. Nicolas Villarroel finished third in the event with a time of 48.06. His time also qualified as a NCAA Division I “B” cut.
In men’s one-meter diving, Eric Ducourneau was the top finisher for the Bears’ men. He scored 263.35 points to finish eighth in the event.
The Bears’ men will compete in the final day of the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Saturday. The fourth day of competition will begin with prelims which are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Finals will be held at 6:30 p.m.
MEN’S TEAM POINTS
1. Denver 864.50
2. Missouri State 810.50
3. WKU 717
4. Southern Illinois 523
5. New Orleans 367
6. Florida Atlantic 315.50
7. Evansville - 164
Day Two Recap (Thursday)
Senior Victor Serra led the men’s squad, finishing first for the second consecutive year in the 200 IM. His time of 147.38 qualified as a NCAA Division I B-standard time and also set a new Sun Belt Conference record.
Also clocking a NCAA Division I B-standard time was senior co-captain Eduardo Pajares in the 500 free. He finished fourth in the event with a time of 4:24.13. Senior Vic Riffel finished seventh with a time of 4:29.76.
Sophomore Dillon Burns was the top finisher for the Bears’ men in the 50 free. He finished with a time of 20.25.
In the final event of the night the Bears captured medalist honors in the 200 free relay. The team was comprised of junior Ciro Sauaia, senior Victor Serra and sophomores Dillon Burns and Roko Simunic. The men finished with a time of 119.40, setting a new Missouri State record as well as a Sun Belt Conference record. The team also registered a NCAA Division I B-standard time in the event.
Day 1 Recap (Wednesday)
In the men’s 200 yard medley relay, Missouri State registered a NCAA Division I B-standard time of 1:27.55, which also eclipsed, by nearly two seconds, the Bears’ previous Sun Belt record set last season.
Swimming the lead-off leg of the relay was backstroke specialist, junior Nicolas Villarroel. Sophomore Cajun Skinner swam the second leg and senior Victor Serra was third for the Bears, swimming the butterfly. Swimming the anchor position was junior Ciro Sauaia.
The four-man relay team of comprised of two seniors, Eduardo Pajares and Vic Riffel, and sophomore Dillon Burns and freshman Bryson Cramer finished fifth in the 800 yard freestyle relay. The team swam a time of 6:38.22.
In men’s three meter diving, sophomore Eric Ducourneau finished fifth for the Bears with 335.30 points.