2018 MVC Championships: Taylor and Zupan Bring Down Records


  • February 14th-17th, 2018
  • University of Iowa Aquatic Center
  • Live results

On the 3rd day of the MVC Championship, Missouri State maintained its lead it’s lead in the team standings. Katie Taylor and Sydney Zupan each broke an MVC record on day 3.

Taylor won the 400 IM in an incredibly tight race with Josie Pearson, touching in 4:16.87 to Pearson’s 4:16.91. Pearson took the lead on the fly 100, splitting a 57.55, but was severely outsplit on backstroke, posting a 1:07.90 to Taylor’s 1:04.06. Pearson then outsplit Taylor on both the breast and free legs, but fell just short as she was charging at the end. Taylor set a new MVC record, breaking her own old record of 4:17.54.

Zupan took the 100 fly title, winning by almost a second over runner-up Crystal Florman, who went 54.50. Zupan broke Florman’s MVC record from last tear, which sat at 53.86 before Zupan went 53.65 at finals tonight.

Missouri State freshman Liberty Howell won the 200 free on a stellar last 50, posting a 1:48.63. She posted a fast 26.99 split on the final 50 to outsplit the rest of the field by half a second. Howell finished her freshman campaign just under a second off the MVC record held by SIU’s Kelsie Walker, which sits at 1:47.82. Walker won the B final tonight, coming in at 1:51.54.

Sydney Zupan also won the 100 back, charging back on the 2nd 50 to overtake Sarah Allegri, finishing in 54.38 to Allegri’s 54.38. Zupan’s splits were less than a second apart, coming in at 26.78 and 27.60.

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