EVANSVILLE, IND. –
The Missouri State swimming and diving team sported 12 different individual winners – six men and six women - in landslide victories at Evansville Friday night.
Missouri State's men's side ran away with the 152-89 decision, while the women nabbed the 137-106 win. With the sweep, the Bears tallied their 20th
program wins against the Purple Aces, respectively.
After an uneven start in the medley portion, four consecutive individual wins steadied the Bears as they permanently gained the lead.
"After the slow start I felt like we woke up and started competing," said head coach Dave Collins
. "I was pleased with how the women picked things up and moved back into the lead."
Seasoned swimmers Artur Osvath
and Josie Pearson
each clinched a pair of victories, reeling in needed points for the Bears. Osvath claimed the 100 backstroke (50.22) and 50 freestyle (21.32) titles, while Pearson landed first-place in the 100 butterfly (57.26) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.85), respectively.
The Bears saw a host of other first-place winners including Kevin Douglas
, Jake Schultz, Samuel Senn
, and Loretta Stelnicki
. Douglas held the nine-second advantage in the 1000 freestyle, clocking in at 9:46.11. Schultz and Senn narrowly beat out their Evansville opponents in the 200 IM (1:57.05) and 100 butterfly (52.26).
Stelnicki rounds out the group taking the top spot in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.95.
"Everyone stepped up and we finished the meet off with some great individual races and a relay win," said Stelnicki. "It is meets like these that make me proud to be part of this team."
Newcomers Pawel Krawczyk
and Alex Thorson
each tallying victories in their respective events, with Krawczyk winning out in the 200 freestyle (1:42.36) and Thorson clinching the 1000 freestyle (10:46.36). The win marked the first for Thorson at Missouri State.
"I was happy to get my first college win," said Thorson. "I thought the team trained hard and did really well."
Diving also impressed at the meet, winning both sides of the 1-meter and 3-meter. Sophomores Dayana Popa
and Michael Claunch
each collected two victories, adding an important 36 points to the Bears' total.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow at Southern Illinois beginning at 11 a.m.