– The Missouri State swimming and diving team came away with four individual victories and one men's relay win as both the men and women's team finished second overall at the Missouri Show-Me Showdown, Friday evening.
The Missouri State men placed behind host Missouri (676) with 553.50 total points. Finishing third was Lindenwood with 391 points, followed by Washington (268), Saint Louis (232), Missouri S&T (229.5), Missouri-St. Louis (67) and Maryville (20).
On the women's side, Missouri claimed the meet with 700 points while MSU finished second with a total of 541 points. Saint Louis sat third with 385 points, followed by Washington (369), Lindenwood (329), Maryville (76) and Missouri-St. Louis (60).
"I am very pleased with how we did today," head coach Dave Collins
said. "Both teams raced tough and had a lot of energy. It's always fun to get the season started and see our freshmen race for the first time as Bears."
The Missouri State men kicked off the night with an impressive victory in the 200-yard medley relay as Jacob Schultz
, newcomer Blair Bish
, All-American Artur Osvath
and Samuel Senn
combined for a time of 1:23.79 in the event. The Bears would go on to place second in both the 200 and 400 free relays later on in the meet.
Osvath highlighted the men's efforts with first-place swims in the 100 butterfly (48.58) and 100 breaststroke (55.22). Collectively, the men brought in 16 top-five swims. Newcomer Lucas Paloschi
had a standout evening, garnering two top-three swims in the 50 and 100 free in his first outing for the Bears.
"I think we did a great job as a team today," Osvath said. "Winning a relay against one of the top teams in the nation is a good experience for us moving forward. We are much faster than we were at this point last year, which is very exciting and motivating."
The Bears dominated the 200 IM where Phillip Willett
touched the wall second, followed by Christopher Heye
in third, Nicholas Theunissen
in fifth and Bryce Blattner
in sixth. MSU found success in the 500 free as well. Junior Minki Kang
was the top finisher for the Bears, taking second in the event (4:36.48) while sophomore Antonio Thomas
The Missouri State women finished runner-up in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, falling behind host Missouri in both events. Highlighted by first-place performances from senior Sydney Zupan
and sophomore Vikte Labanauskaite
, the Bears brought in 11 top-five finishes on the day.
Zupan brought in the women's first victory of the season, winning the 100 fly with a time of 55.74 seconds. The senior went on to place second in the 100 back later in the evening. MSU's other win came from Labanauskaite, who claimed the 100 breast in 1:06.27. Another top performer for the women was junior Josie Pearson
, who picked up a silver finish in the 200 IM and took fifth in the 100 fly.
"Josie and Sydney are seeing the results of a great summer of training," Collins pointed out. "They are way ahead of where they have been in the past and I can't wait to see how they progress."
Newcomers Libby Howell
and Anna Miller
kicked off their collegiate career with a bang as they each picked up a pair of top-five finishes in their respective events.
"Everyone swam tough today after a taxing week of training," Zupan said. "It was especially neat to see our newcomers race for the first time at the collegiate level and do so well. I'm excited for what is to come this season."
The Missouri State divers saw good competition on the board as freshmen Ashley Yarbrough
and Michael Claunch
each placed second in the 1-meter diving events. Claunch went on to place fourth on the 3-meter board later in the evening to cap off his first collegiate meet.
Coming Up Next
The Bears return home Saturday, Oct. 7 for a conference duel against Southern Illinois at Hammons Student Center. For all the latest information on the Missouri State swimming and diving team, visit missouristatebears.com
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