MSU Swim & Dive Hanging Tough After 1st Day of Purdue Invite

MSU Swim & Dive Hanging Tough After 1st Day of Purdue Invite

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Nov. 20, 2015

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Missouri State men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished day one of the Purdue Invitational with several personal- and season-best times on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center.

The MSU women's swimming and diving team currently sits in sixth place out of eight with 69 points, trailing No. 24 Purdue (285), Notre Dame (207), Wyoming (143), Florida International (100) and Air Force (82), while also currently ahead of Southern Illinois (64) and San Diego (63). The Bears' men's team is currently in fourth out of five teams with 134 points, trailing Purdue (294), Wyoming (182), Notre Dame (160), while they sit ahead of Southern Illinois (117).

MSU women's senior Dora Kiss opened the action at the Invite by finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle preliminaries, then finished fifth in the finals with a season-best 4:45.42, which gave her an NCAA consideration time in the event.

Sophomore Sydney Zupan placed 18th for the Bears in a time of 4:56.54. Heather Snyder also made it to a finals event with her prelims best 5:05.59 finish. Other Bears with season-best times in prelims included Shawna Elsey (5:07.79), Emma Metz (5:08.73), Brianna McCullough (5:10.83) and CeCe Etter (5:13.49).

Freshman Minki Kang won the men's 500 free A-final with a personal-best 4:29.02, while sophomore Ethan Bresette placed fifth in the A-final with a 4:31.44 finish. Bears freshman Bryce Blattner advanced to the B-finals with a lifetime-best 4:32.69 and junior Brandon Weissman finished with a season-best 4:39.77 for 15th. Canaan Campbell also placed in the top 30 with his top time of the year (4:39.77) and Michael Mollak placed in the top 30 with a 4:41.53 finish.

Leading the Bears in the 200-yard individual medley on the women's side was Rebecca Amparano, who placed 17th in a time of 2:04.08. Freshman Josie Pearson finished 22nd (2:05.15), Lauren Pavel placed in the D-final with her top time of the year (2:06.55) and Briana Horozewski swam a season-best 2:07.38 in the prelims. Emily Chesser (2:08.81), Olivia Gean (2:11.51), Emma Wall (2:11.86), Kaylee Larson (2:13.19) and Andi Burroughs all set top marks for the 2015-16 season as well.

On the men's side, the Bears took three of the top four places in the 200 IM. Senior Uvis Kalnins set a 'B' mark by finishing first in a time of 1:47.21 in the A-finals. Despite finishing first in the prelims, MSU freshman Artur Osvath finished runner-up in a personal-best 1:47.57. Sophomore Kacper Cwiek also placed in the A-final, as he finished fourth in a time of 1:48.45. Freshman Nicholas Theunissen set a season-best time (1:51.98) in prelims along with Christopher Heye (1:52.52), while Will Frisbie also finished in his top time of the year (1:54.40).

In the final individual event of the day - the 50 free - Hope Ernhart led the way for the Bears' women's team with a 23.77 finish. Freshman Loretta Stelnicki placed 21st and had her top time of her MSU career (23.97) in the prelims. Other season-best times for MSU included Elsey (24.69), McCullough (24.81), Lauren Williams (24.98), Althea Felton (25.28) and Moriah Moore (25.35).

MSU freshman Brenden Bolman led the way for the men with a 20.80 finish in the 50 free for 12th place, followed by senior Jack Snow (21.33) who finished 20th. Will Brand (21.63) and Uldis Tazans (21.49) also set top times for the year.

In the women's 200 free relay, Missouri State's Bump, Ernhart, Zupan and Stelnicki finished in a season-best time of 1:34.87 for a fourth-place finish.

The Bears continue action at the second day of the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Indiana, at 9 a.m. Saturday.


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