Mizzou Tigers Move Past Truman State

COLUMBIA, Missouri, November 19. THE Missouri men's and women's swimming teams led from the first relay and eased past Truman State at the Mizzou Aquatic Center Saturday. The men registered a 179-78 win and the women defeated the Bulldogs 173-89.

The Tiger women opened up a 28-8 lead following the 400 medley relay and 1000 free. TSU trimmed the margin to seven, at 46-39, after they claimed first and either second or third in each of the next three races.

MU regained the momentum as they scored the maximum 16 points in two of the next three events and began to pull away.

Jill Granger was a multiple winner for the Tigers as she captured the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

Colleen Gordon continued her strong distance swimming as she won the 1000 free in 10:10.56, followed closely by Lori Halvorson in 10:15.21. Halvorson also scored in the 100 free, touching first in 52.58.

Mizzou's 'A' and 'B' relays combined for 15 points in the 400 medley relay to start things off on the right foot for the men. Brandon Lee and Brad Hubbard went 1-2 in the 1000 free and Bennett Clark led a top four Tiger sweep in the 200 free as MU led 44-11 after the first three events.

Joe Wilson followed with the first of his two backstroke wins, taking the 100 in 53.05. He later swam a season-best 1:57.13 in the 200.

Clark added a second individual gold on the day, this time in the 100 butterfly where he posted the fourth-fastest time in the Big 12 Conference all season, completing the race in 49.98. He led off the 200 free relay and put the Tigers in position to win with a 20.75 split – the fastest at the distance all meet (he did not swim the 50 free race Saturday).

While diving was not scored, there were a number of strong performances on both boards by MU athletes. Greg DeStephen dove a personal best 342.67 on the 1-meter and turned in the second-highest dual score in school-history on the 3-meter with a 377.10. On the women's side both Kendra Melnychuk and Kim Massaro scored season-bests with 321.52 and 284.10, respectively.

Both Missouri teams will take a week off before traveling to Athens, Ga., for the Bulldog Invitational, Dec. 1-3.