Swimming and Diving Teams Tame Lions For First Wins
The Missouri State swimming and diving teams earned their first wins of the year with respective dual meet wins against Lindenwood University. The men and women are now both 1-2 on the year.
"I really thought we performed well," head coach Jack Steck said, "I was extremely worried about their men's team. They are a team that could have caused us real big problems. We had a team meeting to discuss how we needed to handle their big swimmers and we responded. Our women, too, swam very well."
The Bears began the meet with a bang and never looked back. The first individual event of the day was the 1000-yard freestyle. The distance freestyle events have generally been a strong suit for the Bears and senior captain Rene Smith proved the point. She finished the event with a time of 10:43.73, a full 15 seconds before the second-place finisher.
The Bears followed up Smith's performance with dominant showings in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events. Sopomore Marta Nogueroles (1:56.88), junior Katie Lindeman (1:57.43), sophomore Brittney Winter (2:00.50) and junior Laura Peterson (2:01.48) finished the 200-yard freesytle 1-4. The very next event, sophomore Amber Green (23.62), junior Brianna Willoughby (25.24), freshman Shelby Conner (26.07) and senior Serria Ross (26.08) matched the previous group with a 1-4 finish of their own.
The women's team did not lose an event on the day.
For the men, Senior Dillon Burns and sophomore Daan Jansen won every event they swam in. Burns won the 50-yard freestyle (20.90), 100-yard freestyle (46.96) and anchored the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:11.00). Jansen won the 1000-yard freestyle (9:42.02), 200-yard IM (1:55.61) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.34).
"I have faith in our swimmers," Steck said, "We will do our best. We will perform in the end. It may not be a win, but we will get 100% from each and every individual I coach. We are going to get after it."
The diving group also performed exceptionally well. The men have one of the top divers in the Mid-American Conference in senior Eric Ducourneau, but every other diver on the squad is a freshman. Though they may be young, two particular freshmen have risen to the occasion.
"Lindsey Conway is really going to be a star," Steck said, "She is just a freshman pup, but she is coming on fast. She is consistently getting her six-dive scores in to the 200s. Coach Huelskamp is a great coach and he has really brought her along. It is really hard to be a freshman and get thrown into Division I swimming, but she is really coming around...Cameron Wilson is more than I ever expected. He is very coachable, a very hard worker. With those ingredients, you usually have success. We are going to be ok in the diving events. Of course, Ducourneau is an outstanding diver for us. Our diving group has gotten much better this season."
The Bears meet against Truman State that was scheduled for tomorrow has been pushed back to Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Truman State has been a very tough competitor at home. Last season, they were one of only three teams to defeat the women's team.