EVANSTON, Ill. -The Missouri State swimming & diving team each finished third overall in the TYR Invitational, hosted by Northwestern Sunday.
The men scored 876.5 points while the women had 583. The host Wildcats swept the team titles, scoring 1,054.5 and 1,066 points on the men’s and women’s sides, respectively.
Day 3 Recap
Missouri State won five events on the final day, including sophomore Isaac Springer claiming the 200-yard breaststroke in a school-record and NCAA consideration time of 1:58.44. Springer qualified for the championship final with an NCAA `B’ cut time of 1:59.60 and went on to set the school mark, which had been held by Cajun Skinnersince the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Springer’s `B’ cut in the event was one of three on the day for the Bears. Other event wins came from junior Paul Lein the 50-yard backstroke as well as the 200 back. Le was victorious in the 200 back in an NCAA consideration time of 1:43.42, while winning the 50 in 22.42.
Senior Renata Sanderwon the women’s 200 breast in 2:15.01, a NCAA `B’ time and season best.
The last championship final win of meet for MSU came from sophomore Dora Kiss, who paced the field in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.44. Sophomore Ibby Simcox also won the consolation final (2:03.82) and junior Roni Balzam(2:06.42) finished third in the consolation final and 11th overall. All three posted season bests in the event.
Senior Yuri Garanito was fourth in the 200 back in a season-best time of 1:49.30, while sophomore Jack Snowcame up with a solid 23.50 to win the 50 back consolation final.
Sophomore Uvis Kalninsset a new personal best in the 200 breast of 2:01.72.
The Bears’ distance freestylers had strong showing on Sunday. Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburgclocked a personal best in the 1,659 free in a time of 16:47.14 to finish second. Sophomore Miguel Davilawas second in the men’s race, as well, in an NCAA consideration time of 15:20.18, while freshmanNaresh Naik (15:43.91) and senior Jared Roberts(15:48.51) touched sixth and seventh respectively.
Divers, juniors Garrett Nevels, Elijah Swaim and Zach Wheelerwent 4-5-6 in the men’s platform event to combine for 42 points for the Bears. In a rare opportunity to compete in platform, as MSU does not have the event, Nevels led the squad with 225.23 points. Swaim had 190.35 and Wheeler 134.33.
Le was the meet’s second highest individual point producer with 92, behind Northwestern’s Andrew Jovanovic (95). Sander was the highest-scoring woman for the Bears, finishing third overall with 75 points. NU’s Lacey Locke (99) and Lauren Abruzzo (93) took top honors for the Wildcats.
Missouri State is off until mid-December when it travels to Jenks, Okla., to take on TCU in a two-day meet starting Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.
Day 2 Recap
Junior Paul Lebegan the day qualifying first overall for the 100 backstroke championship final in a NCAA `B’ time of 47.24, which at the time, was the second-best time in the nation this season. But the Moore, Okla., native went even lower in the finals.
He won the championship final in 47.09, and in the process, became the national leader in the event.
Sophomore Uvis Kalninsbested the 400-yard individual medley field by over six seconds and broke the Missouri State school record in 3:50.51. Vic Reffel set the previous mark of 3:51.79 at the 2009 Sun Belt Conference championships. Kalnins’ effort also put him under the `B’ standard for the event.
The Bears swept the men’s and women’s 100 breaststroke events in NCAA `B’ cut times from senior Renata Sander and Isaac Springer. Sander clocked in at a season-best 1:02.10 and Springer had a career-best 54.61.
Senior Anna Ahlinachieved the final `B’ cut for the Bears Saturday. She finished second in the women’s 100 backstroke in 54.93, lowering her `B’ time swum Friday in the 400-medley relay.
The Bears nearly set a Norris Aquatics Center and second school record of the day in the 200-medley relay. Missouri State finished under the 141.88 mark set by a Wisconsin relay team in 2009 as well as being clear of the school mark of 1:42.03 established last year, but an early takeoff on the last leg of the race disqualified the relay.
Nevertheless, the events of the first race of Saturday finals jumpstarted the Bears for a solid evening session.
Sophomore Dora posted a season best in the 400 IM of 4:25.45 to take fourth-place points in the event. Freshman CeCe Etter set a career best by nine seconds of 4:25.51 to finish sixth.
Freshmen Naresh Naik (4:01.62) and senior Colin Hill (4:05.29) were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 IM championship final in season-best times for both.
Junior Roni Balzam swam a season-best 56.83 for sixth in the women’s 100 butterfly and classmate Matthew Wilson swam a career-best 48.98 in the men’s race for fifth place.
The Bears lead the fourth-place men’s team Illinois-Chicago, which has 251 points. Kenyon (214), North Dakota (177.5) and Truman State (97) round out the field.
On the women’s side, Missouri State leads Bowling Green (366), Illinois-Chicago (269), North Dakota (194), Truman State (138), Kenyon (138) and Northern Iowa (29).
The meet wraps up with prelims at 9 a.m., Sunday followed by finals at 3 p.m.
Day 1 Recap
The Missouri State women earned a pair of event victories on the day, with senior Renata Sander winning the 50-yard breaststroke in 28.34, after qualifying for the championship final first overall in 28.65.
Sander teamed with classmate Anna Ahlin and juniors Roni Balzam and Shannon Myer to win the 400-yard medley relay in 3:46.42 against quality Big Ten competition in the host Wildcats and Michigan State. Ahlin, who had not swum in over a month due to injury, led off the race with a 54.94 100-backstroke split to make the NCAA `B’ cut.
Ahlin also posted a fourth-place finish in the 50 free championship final, swimming 23.75 to earn 15 points for the Bears. Sander was also fourth in the 200 IM in a season-best and conference-leading time of 2:05. 28.
Freshmen Lauren Pavel and Anna Bump came up big in the 50 breaststroke in 30.08 and 30.27, respectively, to garner seventh- and eighth-place points.
Sophomore Dora Kiss set a season best in the 500 free, going 4:56.11 to take fourth in the event with juniorSuzanne Van Rensburg (4:57.77) finishing seventh.
Sophomore Emily Chesser was 12th overall in the 200 IM in 2:06.66, the second-best time for MSU this season in the race, to pick up five points.
Overall, the Bears trail just Northwestern (288) after the first day of action. Bowling Green (195), Michigan State (193), Illinois-Chicago (122), North Dakota (108), Kenyon (66), Truman State (55) and Northern Iowa (21) round out the women’s field.
Junior Paul Le continued to impress for the men’s squad Friday. He broke the Missouri State school 50-free record in the prelims in 20.22 to qualify for the championship final second. Le and sophomore Uvis Kalninsthen went 1-2 in the 200 IM championship final in 1:47.41 and 1:47.51, respectively, putting them both under the NCAA `B’ standard.
Le had just four minutes between the 200-IM final and the 50-free final but was able to touch in 21.40 to finish seventh. Sophomore Jack Snow was third in the 50 free in a season-best time of 20.86.
Junior Garrett Nevels claimed the 1-meter dive with 331.5 points, topping a strong field by over 27 points.
Other quality swims came from sophomore Miguel Davila, who was fourth in the 500 free championship final in 4:28.81, while freshman Naresh Naik went 4:30.49 to place sixth.
Kalnins, Le, junior Vitalii Baryshok and Snow also combined for a second-place finish in the 200 free in 1:21.35.
Sophomore Isaac Springer (25.08) and junior Aaron Dennis (25.40) took second and third, respectively in the 50 breaststroke.
The men are just seven points behind Michigan State for second place in the team standings. NU (326) leads after the first day, while Illinois-Chicago (111), Kenyon (101), North Dakota (80) and Truman State (48) are fourth through seventh.