Swimmers Lose Hard-Fought Contest Against Iowa
In the first major contest of the season, the Bears squared off against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in a dual meet in Iowa City, Iowa. Both teams were defeated, the men 109.5 - 188.5, and the women 112-188. The scores, however, do not tell the entire tale of the day.
The Bears had many bright points in the contest. One of Missouri States brightest young stars came in the form of freshman Marta Nogueroles. Nogueroles swam the distance freestyle events for the women's team and finished first in both the 1000-yard freestyle (10:21.41) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.97). In addition to that feat, Nogueroles added on a third-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.90). Marta was the only female swimmer for the Bears to win an individual event.
Not to be outdone by the swimmers, senior diver Heather Fulton put on a display of her own, capturing the top spot in both the one-meter (240.75) and three-meter (314.85) diving events. Close behind her was fellow senior Chelsea Ray, who finished third in the one-meter boards (200.92) and second in the three-meter boards (240.15).
For the men, the backstroke duo of junior Roko Simunic and senior Nicolas Villarroel swam impressively. Roko took home one of two first-place finishes for the Bears with his time of 50.04 in the 100-yard backstroke. Simunic also swam the 100-yard freestyle (47.32, third place) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.30, third place). Villarroel place second in both of his individual events, the 100-yard backstroke (50.240 and the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.36). The other first place finisher for Missouri State was junior Dillon Burns, who finished the 50-yard freestyle in 21.42. Off the boards, junior Eric Ducourneau lead the Bears with a second-place finish on the 1-meter board (275.47) and a first-place finish on the three-meter board (314.85).
The Bears return to the pool on Oct. 31 to take on cross-town rivals Drury University in their homecoming meet. This will be the Bears second time facing off against the Panthers this season. The two teams met up at the Missouri Showdown in Columbia, Mo. In that contest Missouri State finished first for the men and second for the women while both Drury teams finished third. The homecoming meet will take place at the Hammonds Student Center Pool at 5 p.m.