Swimming & Diving Set to Host Truman State on Senior Day

Swimming & Diving Set to Host Truman State on Senior Day

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Jan. 18, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State swimming & diving will honor its six seniors Saturday (Jan. 19) against Truman State University in the final home meet of the 2012-13 season. Diving will kick off Senior Day action at Hammons Student Center Pool at 11:30 a.m. The swimming portion of the meet against the Bulldogs will start at 1 p.m.

The men's team will recognize lone senior Daan Jansen, while the women will honor departing seniors Katie Brown, Melissa Oishi, Kaylee Steffen, Andrea Uzcategui and Brittany Winter.

"Senior Day is always a set of mixed emotions," head coach Dave Collins said. "You get to honor a great group of individuals who have dedicated a lot of time to this program. Sadly, you don't always want to see them go. They're going to be able to go on to the next chapter of their lives pretty quickly after the championship season, so we're looking forward to honoring them and their last opportunity to swim a meet in Hammons Pool. Hopefully we will come out with two nice wins tomorrow."

In just the second home meet all season, the Bears look to improve on their dual meet records. Heading into Saturday, the MSU men sport a 4-2 overall record and are 2-0 in conference duals. One of the two losses came last weekend against No. 20 Penn State in Fayetteville, Ark. The Bears hung with the Big 10 program and captured four individual victories against the Nittany Lions. At the neutral site, the end result was a 171-124 victory for Penn State.

As for the Missouri State women, the Bears will attempt to bring the dual meet record back to .500. MSU fell to No. 25 Arkansas and No. 12 Penn State last weekend at the Razorback Aquatic Center and began the season with losses to Mizzou and Drury. However, the Bears picked up two conference road wins at Evansville and Southern Illinois to close out the fall portion of the dual-meet schedule.

The Bears swam Truman State twice last season, coming away with sweep in each meeting. On November 5, 2011, Missouri State hosted the Bulldogs at Hammons Student Center and came away with a 117-102 victory on the men's side and a 134-83 on the women's end. A trip to Kirksville, Mo. took place on January 14, 2012 and the Bears returned with a pair of lopsided wins over Truman.

Missouri State men own a perfect 25-0 record against Truman State, while the women are one win away from tying up the series. The Bulldogs currently lead the series, 9-8.

As a result of his record-breaking performance against 20th-ranked Penn State, diver Garrett Nevels was named Mid-American Conference Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. He is now the sixth Bear this season to receive the honor. The sophomore from Lee's Summit, Mo. recorded the highest scores of his MSU career, while sweeping both springboard events in Fayetteville. Nevels began his career day with a new school record on 1-meter (357.60 points) and defeated Penn State's Lucas Kachurick by nearly 100 points. His mark surpassed previous record-holder Eric Ducourneau, who set the record back in 2009 with a score of 352.65. Nevels didn't miss a beat in the 3-meter competition wrapping up the meet with his second NCAA Zone `D' qualifying cut. He totaled 351.70 points on 3-meter and won by a 30-point margin.

On Wednesday (Jan. 23), the Bears will meet their crosstown rival Panthers at DU's Breech Pool. The annual "Duel in the Pool" contest is set to begin around 4:30 p.m. with a pair of diving events. Swimming will commence at 6 p.m. and the remainder of the diving events will take place during the swimming breaks.

In October, the Bears and Panthers split the wins at Hammons Student Center Pool. At the time, Missouri State's 23rd-ranked men's squad cruised to a 70-point victory over the defending NCAA Division II champions. In the women's team race the competition was fierce and the final relay determined the outcome with Drury outlasting the Bears, 125-116.

Additionally, Mediacom's MC-22 will be on hand to capture action from the dual meet and will have a tape-delayed broadcast with times to be determined.

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