Swimming Teams Drop Season Openers in Tough Losses to Drury
The Missouri State swim season started on a disappointing note, with both the men and women losing hard-fought meets to Drury University. The men lost 125-118, while the women's score was 137-102.
The women's meet was close, but the men's meet came down to the final race of the evening: the 400-yard freestyle relay. In the event, Missouri State jumped out to an early lead, but Drury fought back. In the last leg of the race, it was Drury's Michael Winiewicz against Missouri State's Dillion Burns, who won the 100-yard freestyle earlier in the meet (46.14). Burns had 1.5 seconds to make up in the relay, and though he made up significant ground, the Bears came up 0.4 seconds short.
"We were in a position to win, but we couldn't close it out," Missouri State head coach Jack Steck said. "We had really good meets from Jeff Bentz, Bryson Cramer and Dillon Burns. There is no doubt about it, Burns is our best performer out there. I just hate to lose like that."
Though both teams lost, there is a silver lining. The Bears newcomers responded well in their first collegiate meet, giving the Bears much needed depth.
"Our freshmen did well. Cameron Wilson dove well for a freshman and we had nice times from Anna Ahlin and Melissa Oishi," Steck said.
The Bears will return to action on Oct. 30 with a match up against conference foe Southern Illinois University. The Salukis are in the same situation as the Bears with their women's team competing in the Missouri Valley Conference and their men's team in the Mid-American Conference. Last season, SIU swimmer Kirsten Groome was named MVC Swimmer of the Year, but the Bears won the conference title. For the men, SIU alumni was named the MAC Senior of the Year last season. The meet will take place in Carbondale, Ill., the site of both the MVC and MAC conference meets this season.