swimming seniors

Bears Snap Records on Senior Day

January 20, 2018

By: MSU Athletics Communications

Meet Results
SPRINGFIELD – Freshman Libby Howell and junior All-American Artur Osvath set school and pool records at the Bears' Senior Day meet against the University of Missouri, Saturday afternoon at Hammons Student Center.
Both the men's and women's team dropped the final home meet of the season – the men suffered a 138-98 loss to the Tigers and the women fell, 146-88.
MSU Men: L, 138-98
Osvath highlighted the Missouri State men, setting two new pool records, as well as a program record, in the 200 fly. In his first individual event of the night, the veteran swimmer blew out the pool and school record in the 200 fly with a B-standard time of 1:44.86. He went on to break another pool record, this time in the 200 breast, with a B-standard time of 1:59.79.
Antonio Thomas was the other Bear to claim an individual event, touching the wall first in the 1000 free in 9:21.69. Junior Minki Kang followed closely with a second-place time of 9:22.95. The distance swimmers went on to take second in third in the 500 free with Kang posting a time of 4:35.81, followed shortly after by Thomas.
Senior Christopher Heye tallied two second-place finishes in his final meet at Hammons Student Center, earning the runner-up title in the 200 IM (1:51.72) and 200 breast (2:03.15). Sophomore Samuel Senn was the top finisher for the Bears in the 200 free, where he brought in a third-place finish in 1:42.08. He improved to a silver finish in the 100 free, finishing just in front of senior Will Brand, who took third. Newcomer Blair Bish capped off the top-three finishers as he earned third-place in the 50 free.
The Bears posted second-place swims in both the 400 medley and 400 free relays. MSU's A relay combined for a time of 3:21.35 in the 400 medley relay, while MSU's B relay put up a time of 3:13.65 in the 400 free relay.
MSU Women: L, 146-88
Three Bears, starting with Howell, earned first-place finishes. The newcomer blazed a trail in the 1000 free where she broke a 12-year pool record with her time of 10:01.67 – which also serves as the new program record in the event.
Following behind her in the race was newcomer Leticia Rodrigues, who later went on to dominate the women's 500 freestyle in 5:03.90. Senior standout Sydney Zupan was the other Bear to lead the pack, as she claimed the 200 back in 1:59.95 during her final home meet.
Senior Emma Wall and junior Brianna McCullough both earned third-place finishes. Wall rounded out the top three in the 200 fly, where she finished the event in 2:08.25 while McCullough completed the 200 free in 1:56.55.
The MSU relays raked in a pair of top-three finishes as the Bears placed second overall in the 400 free relay and third in the 400 medley relay.
Coming Up Next
The Missouri State women will see a rest from competition until the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, which will take place on Feb. 14-17 in Iowa City, Iowa. The men's squad will hit the pool next weekend at the Shamrock Invitational in South Bend, Ind., for a two-day meet at the campus of Notre Dame. For all the latest information on the Missouri State swimming and diving team, visit missouristatebears.com or follow @MoStateSwim on Twitter.
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