Men's and Women's Swim Teams in First after Day One of Competition
The Missouri State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams sit in first place after the first day of competition at the Delta State University Christmas Invite. The MSU men’s team combined for a total of 218 team points, the University of Tampa sits in second-place with 199 team points, while Delta State (182) and the University of New Orleans (138) claim the third and fourth spots. The MSU women’s team totaled 269 team points in today’s action, with the University of Tampa in second-place with 244 points, the University of New Orleans in third with 180 points, host Delta State in fourth with 163 points, and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in last with 64 points.
On the men’s side, the Bears claimed the 200 freestyle relay as Ciro Sauaia, Roko Simunic, Andy Denefe and Dillon Burns combined for a time of 1:22.59. The Bears were exactly one second faster than their challenger and second-place finisher Delta State.
Sauaia claimed an individual title in the 50 freestyle clocking a time of 20.74 in the event.
Sophomore diver Eric Ducourneau claimed first on the three-meter board with a combined score of 319.20.
Nicolas Villarroel, Cajun Skinner, Sauia, and Simunic teamed for a time of 3:20.84 in the 400 medley relay team to capture first-place in the race.
On the women’s side, Jordan Hawkins captured the win in the 50 freestyle touching the wall at 23.85.
Junior diver Heather Fulton finished first on the one-meter board with a score of 234.80.
Missouri State claimed a victory in the 400 medley relay as Hawkins, Fran Moody, Dirks-Ham and Matana Wellman combined for a time of 3:20.84.
Preliminaries for the second day of competition will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20 in the morning hours. Finals for the second day of competition will begin in the afternoon.