Bears Trek to San Antonio for 2012 UIW Christmas Invitational


Dec. 14, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – To wrap up the fall portion of the 2012-13 schedule and kick off winter break, the Missouri State swimming & diving team has headed south to compete at the University of Incarnate Word (UIW) Christmas Invitational, Saturday (Dec. 15) through Monday (Dec. 17). It is the second year in-a-row that the Bears have participated in the prelims-finals invite at The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College in San Antonio.

Currently, there are no plans for live results at the three-day meet. Follow the Bears’ success at the UIW Christmas Invitational on

Participating Schools
Incarnate Word (M/W), Missouri State (M/W), North Texas (W), Rice (W), TCU (M/W)

Order of Events
Saturday: Women’s 1M Diving, Men’s 3M Diving, 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay
Sunday: Women’s 3M Diving, Men’s 1M Diving, 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 800 Free Relay
Monday: Platform Diving, 1650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay

On both Saturday and Sunday, the prelims will begin at 10 a.m. with the finals session commencing at 5 p.m. The final day of action will begin with prelims at 10 a.m. Monday’s finals session is set for 4 p.m.

Individual events will be scored to 24th place. Relays will be scored 40-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-18-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 with no B relay scoring higher than any A relay.

A Look Back at the 2011 UIW Christmas Invitational
The Missouri State women had 19 A-Final appearances and collected three first-place performances from Renata Sander (100 breast, 200 breast) and Anna Ahlin (200 back). In the team standings, the Bears placed third out of six teams, finishing ahead of Utah, Incarnate Word and North Texas. The MSU women finished with 1377 total points, while TCU and Rice finished with 1788 and 1500, respectively.

It was a hotly-contest battle for first on the men’s side between TCU and Missouri State. In all, the Bears made 36 individual appearances in the A-Final, while collecting victories in the 800 free relay, 1-meter diving (Garrett Nevels), and the 100 and 200 free (Vitalii Baryshok). The Horned Frogs edged Missouri State 2006.5 to 1856 in the race for first. Finishing in a distant third and fourth were Incarnate Word (1181.5) and Utah (1123). Mid-Major Poll
Both Missouri State squads were listed among the Top 25 of’s Mid-Major rankings. The MSU women were 23rd in the season’s first rankings release. With 226.08 points, the MSU men earned a top-five rating for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. Missouri State was just 1.80 points behind top-ranked Princeton. The next Mid-Major Poll will be released after the Dec. 18 deadline.

Swimmer of the Week Success
Missouri State was able to cash in on its recent success in the pool, capturing four Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week honors in a five-week span. Sophomore Paul Le started the trend on Oct. 24 and was followed by Baryshok (Oct. 31), junior Colin Hill (Nov. 7) and freshman Isaac Springer (Nov. 21).

The women’s team has also earned its fair share of conference accolades. Junior Anna Ahlin garnered MVC Swimmer of the Week honors on Oct. 17, while sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg and Renata Sander followed suit on Oct. 23 and Nov. 20, respectively.

On the Horizon
Prior to the start of the spring semester, the Missouri State swimming & diving team will trek to Fayetteville, Ark. for duals against Penn State and the Arkansas women’s team. In the latest NCAA DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Rankings (Dec. 5), the Nittany Lions entered the Top 25 at No. 11 after receiving votes in the prior ratings. Arkansas was also present in the poll hanging on to the No. 25 spot.

The MSU men will also encounter some stiff competition as they will take on the 20th-ranked Penn State men’s squad.



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