Oct. 6, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Under the direction of head swimming coach Jack Steck, associate head swimming coach Dave Collins and head diving coach James Huelskamp, the Missouri State swimming & diving program will kick off its 2011-12 campaign with the 7th Annual Show-Me Showdown on Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The first session is set to start at 11 a.m., followed by a break and the second session at 3:30 p.m.
Missouri State will compete against all of Missouri's collegiate swimming & diving programs including: Drury, Lindenwood, Missouri, Missouri S&T, Saint Louis, Truman State and Washington.
"This is a fun meet with a real weird format," said Steck, who enters his 29th and final season with Missouri State. "The dangerous part I see with the Show-Me Showdown is that sometimes this type of meet doesn't cater to swimming well because of the non-conventional events. With a young team, we just need to be sure to perform well right off the bat."
The Show-Me Showdown features individual events that aren't normally swam during a typical swim meet. Included in the individual races are 75- and 150-yard events in the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle as well as the 300 individual medley and 400 freestyle. Relays will take place at the beginning and end of each session.
Scoring for the individual and relay events allows each team to score its top two swims.
The 1- and 3-meter diving events will be in a scramble format where each team member will do six dives covering all five groups: front, back, reverse, inward and twist. The points from each diving group's highest scorer will count toward the team total score.
The Bears open up a six-meet homestand with Southern Illinois on Saturday, October 15 at noon.
On the men's side, the Bears return all four Mid-American Conference All-Conference selections in sophomores Jared Roberts, Michal Bulak and Yuri Garanito and junior Daan Jansen. The men will look for its strong recruiting class to make an immediate impact in the pool and help the Bears become a contender for the MAC title.
Following its fourth-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championship, the Missouri State women's squad had 10 swimmers named to the MVC All-Conference team. All but two of the MVC All-Conference selections (Amber Green, Chelsea Dirks-Ham) return and the Bears will shoot for their fifth-straight title in Steck's last year at the helm of the MSU swimming & diving program.