Men's Swimming Third, Day One Featured Career Best Times at Missouri
After completion of the first day of the University of Missouri Invitational, the Missouri State men’s swimming and diving squad, 5-0 in dual meets, is third with 183 points. The squad had an outstanding day, many swimmers setting personal and career best times. “We had a very good day and hope to keep the momentum rolling into the next two days,” stated associate head coach Dave Collins. “The guys are excited and ready to swim the next couple days.”
The men traveled to Columbia, Mo., to compete in a three day event against five strong men’s teams. The Bears currently trail Iowa at 314 and Missouri at 285. The meet is structured with preliminary races at 10:00 a.m. each day, followed by final heats during the evening round.
The Bears’ captured first place in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:16.14. The team’s time was only a second off the 2007-08 season best time in the event. Junior Nicolas Villarroel swam the backstroke leg and was followed by breaststroker Cajun Skinner. Serra raced the third leg for the Bears and Ciro Sauaia anchored the team, swimming the freestyle leg.
Individual top finisher for the men was Serra in the 200 IM. He finished third in the final heat with a time of 1:50.63. Sophomore Roko Simunic also posted a career best time in the 200 IM, finishing first in the B-final with a time of 151.02.
Senior co-captain, Eduardo Pajares finished fourth in the 500 free with a time of 4:28.84. Also for the Bears was Sauaia, who swam the 50 free and finished seventh with a time of 20.79. In the prelims, Sauaia swam a career best time of 20.60. Also with a personal season best time, was sophomore Dillon Burns who swam the 50 free in 20.93.
Two freshmen also posted notable times in the morning round. Thomas Bullock and Bryson Cramer each dropped several seconds in the 500 free prelims to record career best times. Bullock finished 15th in the evening round with a time of 4:38.95 while Cramer swam a time of 4:40.88 in the morning.
Bears’ diving was led by sophomore Eric Ducourneau. He finished sixth in one-meter diving with 281.05 points.
The Bears are back in pool tomorrow, Saturday, beginning with prelims at 10:00 a.m. Finals have a scheduled start time of 6:00 p.m.