MSU Men's Swimming Triumphs over Truman State, Women Split Double Dual



The Missouri State men’s swimming team triumphed over Truman State University 77-45 in a dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Kirksville, Mo. The women’s team picked up an 80-42 victory over the University of Nebraska-Omaha but fell to Truman State 40-82 in a double dual. The men’s team improves its flawless record to 5-0 and the women improve to 3-4 on the season.

On the women’s side, Chelsea Dirks-Ham claimed first in the 100 backstroke clocking a time of 59.49. Teammate Francy Palma finished right behind Dirks-Ham in second-place with a time of 1:01.47.

The Bears scored another victory in the 100 freestyle, as senior Jordan Hawkins out touched UNO’s Cait Hopkins to claim first with a time of 53.65.

Matana Wellman clocked a time of 5:12.98 in the 500 freestyle to earn the win in the event.

The women’s team scored seven other second-place finishes in the double dual. The Bears earned runner-up finishes in the 200 medley relay (1:52.02), 200 free (1:57.12), 200 back (2:08.46), 50 free (24.70), 200 fly (2:12.06), 200 breast (2:28.51) and 200 free relay (1:39.73).

On the men’s side, Nicolas Villarroel, Thomas Bullock and Waldo Broodryk were the stars of the meet as the claimed eight individual events between the three of them. Villarroel and Bullock each captured three individual titles and Broodryk earned two individual wins.

Villarroel won the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.71. His closest competitor was teammate Eduardo Pajares who claimed second in the event with a time of 55.86. Villarroel took first-place in the 200 butterfly clocking a time of 51.46 with the second place finisher finishing more than two seconds behind him. Villarroel’s last individual win was in the 200 backstroke. He clocked a time of 1:57.39 in race.

Bullock captured first-place in the 200 freestyle, the 500 freestyle, and the200 butterfly. He recorded a time of 1:47.45 in the 200 free, a time of 4:46.81 in the 500 free, and a time of 1:57.21 in the 200 fly, over three seconds faster than the second place finisher.

Broodryk claimed first-place in the 100 breaststroke clocking a time of 1:01.56. Teammate Chris Novak finished in a close second with a time of 1:01.72. Broodryk added a win in the 200 breast in a time of 2:16.78 with Novak finishing right behind him in less than 2/100ths of a second, clocking a time of 2:16.80.

Senior Pajares scored a victory in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:06.50 and the Bears’ relay team consisting of Villarroel, Novak, Pajares and Ciro Sauaia captured first in the 200 yard medley relay combining for a time of 1:35.85.

The Missouri State swimming and diving team will be back in the water Friday-Sunday, Nov. 21-23 when they compete in the Hilltopper Invitational in Bowling Green, Kent.



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