Missouri State, Drury Meet in Springfield Showdown

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, October 25. THE Missouri State women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams got the better of their cross-town rivals Friday night, easily topping Drury in both dual meets for the sweep.

Missouri State Press Release

The Missouri State men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams topped crosstown-rival Drury in dual meet action Friday at the Hammons Student Center, with the men winning, 147-96, and women taking a 146-91 victory.

The sweep marked the first time the Bears had done so against the Panthers since Oct. 28, 2011 at Hammons. The men’s team improved to 13-14 all-time versus DU while the women won for the fourth time in 15 tries.

The Bears set three pool records on the day, including two by junior Paul Le in the 400-yard medley relay (48.13 in the 100 backstroke leg) and 200 backstroke (1:46.22) and one by junior Garrett Nevels in 1-meter diving (357.625).

Missouri State claimed 17 of the 26 events contested in the meet and had 1-2 finishes in the women’s 400 medley relay in 3:54.46, men’s 1,000 free with Miguel Davila and Jared Roberts finishing in 9:24.81 and 9:39.73, respectively. Also going 1-2 for MSU were Le and Yuri Garanito (1:52.90) in the 200 back, Dora Kiss (5:03.66) and Heather Snyder (510.30) in the women’s 500 free, Davila (4:36.74) and Naresh Naik (4:38.81).

Kiss (2:05.78), Rebecca Amparano (2:08.45) and Ibby Simcox (2:09.25) took first second and third place, respectively, in the 200 butterfly.

In all, the Bears got individual event wins from 11 different swimmers, three from Kiss and two each from Le, Nevels and Davila.

Missouri State returns to the pool for a pair of home meets next Friday and Saturday. The Bears host Evansville Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by Southern Illinois Saturday at 11 a.m.

Drury Press Release

An illness-weakened Gretchen Stein’s victory in the 200 IM highlighted Drury’s efforts in a dual meet loss to NCAA Division I Missouri State on Friday night at the Bears’ Hammons Student Center Pool.

Missouri State won the men’s competition by a 147-96 count, while the Bears took the women’s meet by a 146-91 score. Drury, the nine-time defending NCAA-II national champion, now leads the all-time series with the MSU men 14-13 and still maintains an 11-4 edge in the women’s competition heading into the January 23rd “Duel In The Pool” rematch with the Bears at DU’s Breech Pool.

The word all day Friday was that Stein, battling illness, wasn’t going to be able to swim that evening. But Stein fought through it and won the 200 IM in 2:07.30 for nearly a three-second victory over MSU senior Renata Sander.

Other highlights for the DU women, who’ve won four of the past five NCAA-II national championships, were a victory in the 100 Free (53.09) by Wai Ting Yu and in the 200 Back by Yekaterina Rudenko (2:06.94), as well as by Rebekah Laupp in the 3-meter diving. Drury also won the 400 Free Relay with Leah Reed, Hilary Ottaviano, Kay Gieseke and Yu in 3:33.89.

Victories for the DU men came in the 400 Medley Relay by Sean Feher, Kacper Pelczynski, Stanislav Kuzmin and Samuel Olson (in 3:22.26); by Olson in the 50 Free (20.97); by Pelczynski in the 200 Breast (2:04.61) and by the 400 Free Relay team of Nick McCarthy, Feher, Olson and Igor Kowal to close the night.

The Drury squads are idle until hosting Delta State on November 9 (1 p.m.) at the Breech Pool.

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