Two Pool Records Fall in Evansville vs. Missouri State Dual

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri, November 1. MISSOURI State’s Paul Le and Isaac Springer each set a pool record Friday night to lead Missouri State to a sweep over Evansville. The Missouri State men’s team has never lost to Evansville, as they improved their overall record to 16-0. The Missouri State women are now 12-2 against Evansville.

Missouri State Press Release

The Missouri State swimming & diving teams swept dual meets from Evansville at Hammons Student Center Pool Friday.

The men won, 131-103, and the women took a 142-95 decision. With the victories, the men’s team improved to 16-0 all-time against the Purple Aces while the women moved to 12-2 overall versus UE.

Two more pool records fell on Friday, with junior Paul Le breaking the 50-yard freestyle record in 20.35 and sophomore Isaac Springer the 100 breaststroke mark in 55.89. The Bears won 18 of the 26 events contested on the day with a pair of MSU swimmers picking up their first collegiate victories.

Freshmen Naresh Naik and Brandon Weissman each won for the first time in the careers at the college level. Naik won the 1,000 free and 100 free in 9:33.24 and 100 free in 47.76, respectively, while Weissman claimed the 500 free in 4:45.18.

Coming off of MAC Swimmer of the Week honors, junior diver Garrett Nevels repeated as the winner of both men’s springboard events. He won the 1-meter dive with 292.12 points and 3-meter event with 324.75.

Five Bears won multiple individual events. Aside from the two victories apiece from Naik and Nevels , sophomore Dora Kiss took the 200 (1:53.43) and 500 free (5:01.66), senior Renata Sander won the 200 IM (2:09.85) and 100 breast (1:05.10) and senior Yuri Garanito the 200 IM (1:57.29) and 100 back (50.11). Le joined the two-win club with a victory in the 100 butterfly in 48.97, as well.

Missouri State was victorious in both 200 medley relays. Megan Holthoff, Sander, Ibby Simcox and Janke Engelbrecht touched in 1:48.12 on the women’s side. Le, Springer Vitalii Baryshok and Uvis Kalnins claimed the men’s race in 1:30.51.

The Bears are back in action Saturday, hosting Southern Illinois at 11 a.m.

Evansville Press Release

The University of Evansville Purple Aces swimming & diving teams lost a tough fought battle against Missouri State in a dual meet Friday night, with the Aces women’s squad losing 142-95 and the Aces men’s squad losing 131-103.

The Lady Aces top performer of the night was Danielle Freeman who won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.11. Freeman was a part of the women’s 200-yard medley relay team along with Michaela Kent, Mackenzie Powell and Melissa Ball, which placed second with a time of 1:48.94. She was also part of the women’s 400-yard medley relay team with Abby Smith, Michaela Kent and Michelle Tipton, which placed first in the heat with a time of 3:35.69.

For the Lady Bears the top performer of the night was Renata Sander who placed first in all three of her events. She had times of 1:48.12 in the 200-yard medley relay, 2:09.85 in the 200 yard IM and 1:05.10 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

For the Aces men’s squad, Reid Mobley had a terrific night. He finished third in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:01.94, second in the 100 yard back with a time of 55.19 and was part of the 200 yard medley relay team along with Conor Sprick, Carder LaBrake and Tom Steele which finished fourth with a time of 1:42.65. Junior Ashton Bishop continued his great season by placing second in the 50 yard free with a time of 21.77.

The Bears men’s squad had top performer Vitalii Baryshok who took first in the 200 yard free and was a part of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished first.

Continuing the Aces strong performance was the diving squad. Stephanie Tran finished first in the women’s 1 & 3 meter diving contests, while Alex Hart had a second and third place finish as well. On the men’s side Mallet Reid finished second in the men’s 3-meter contest.

The Aces men’s squad will swim tomorrow versus Ball State at Wyttenbach Pool at 2 p.m., while the women’s squad doesn’t compete again until Nov. 8 against Illinois State.

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