COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 25. IT was Senior Day for the Missouri Tigers women’s swimming and diving team. The send-off for senior swimmers Tiffany Bohon, Katy Chandler, Ellen Cross, Chrissy Frieh, Leslie Hoh and Sarah Stowe was one to remember. The Tigers defeated conference opponent Iowa State, 187-113 to improve their season’s dual record to 12-1 and their conference record to 4-0. The Tigers won 12 of the 16 events against the Cyclones.
There was no men's meet as Iowa State killed off its men's team two years ago in a coordinated move by the athletics directors at ISU, Nebraska and Kansas in an effort to pump more money into their bloated football and basketball budgets.
In Columbia today, Chandler made sure that her last home meet would be a good one. She set a new pool record in the 200 freestyle, winning the race in 1:51.80. Her time in the 200 was also a season and team high this year. Chandler later added a victory in the 500 freestyle, beating teammate Rebecca Wolfe with a time of 5:02.86.
Bohon teamed up with Sarah Lo, Liz Schoborg and Andrea Nigh to win the 200 medley relay in 1:46.68. She finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.33) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.67). Hoh finished behind Bohon in both breaststroke events, tying teammate Mariona Costa for third in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.66) and finishing fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.20).
The 400 freestyle relay team of Lindsay Palbykin, Schoborg, Cross and Nigh won their race with a time of 3:31.02. Cross added a third place in the 100 backstroke (58.80) and a fourth place in the 100 freestyle (53.66).
Frieh finished second in the 200 backstroke (2:07.99) and fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:10.78). Stowe finished third in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:37.70.
Lo added victories in both the 100 (56.94) and 200 (2:04.18) backstrokes and a second place in the 200 individual medley (2:08.46) to go with her 200 medley relay victory.
Nigh won both the 50 (23.96) and 100 (52.27) freestyles. Liz Schoborg won the 100 butterfly (57.96) and Wolfe won the 200 butterfly (2:03.73) to round out the top finishers for the Tigers.
The Tiger diving team kept their hot streak going, finishing 1-3 on both boards. Freshman Joanna Lawrence finished first in the 3-meter, breaking her career high score set yesterday against Drury, with a NCAA Zone qualifying score of 280.28. Amanda Maret finished third with a score of 252.15. Maret won the 1-meter (252.23) and Lawrence finished third (240.03).
The women’s team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa to take on Big 10 opponent Iowa in a nonconference dual meet on Jan. 31.