Chwadeczko, Chavez, Shanel Set Conference Records At GLVC Day 3


Drury’s lead in the women’s competition has lengthened to over 60 points at this week’s Greater Lakes Valley Conference Championships, while Missouri S&T leads the men. The men of Drury are still within striking distance, though, less than 20 points behind.

Tonight’s championship finals kicked off with a stellar performance from Drury senior Sarah Pullen, who won the women’s  500 free by over four seconds, finishing in 4:54.22. Her teammate Megan Oul came in second with 4:58.68, and Truman State freshman Emma Barnett hit third in 4:59.55.

Missouri S&T junior Jonathan Glaser took the title on the men’s side, dropping over three seconds from his prelims time to take the gold in 2:25.75. Drury sophomore Alex Reinbrecht finished second in 4:26.08, followed by Vitor Botana of Indianapolis third in 4:26.25.

A trio of Truman State juniors swept the top slots in the women’s 100 back when Evyn Spencer took her second win of the weekend, after Wednesday’s 200 IM victory, finishing first in the 100 back in 54.95, followed by Alison Strickler in 56.00 and Hannah Nicks in 56.39. Truman State scored a whopping 53 points from this event alone.

Diogo Dias claimed the University of Missouri- St. Louis’s first victory of the weekend, finishing first in the 100 back in 49.33. Drury freshman Ramiro Olivares finished in a close second with 49.40, and his fellow Drury freshman Aidan Glynn took a tie for third with Ethan Shih of Missouri S&T. The pair both finished in 49.90.

This morning, Zuzanna Chwadeczko of Drury set a new GLVC record, swimming 1:01.92 in the 100 breaststroke. Tonight, she went 1:02.33 to win the event. Second and third went to a pair of Indianapolis women, Michelle Mikaelsson (1:04.62) and Karolina Szymaszek (1:04.74).

Missouri S&T’s Miguel Chavez also set a new GLVC record in the 100 breast. His 54.30 tonight beat out last season’s record 54.40 set by Drury’s Kacper Pelczynski. Indianapolis junior Bartosz Zarzecki finished second with 54.87, and Andrea Bazzoli of Drury hit third in 54.90.

Drury senior Gretchen Stein took her second title of the meet, after a big win in the 400 IM last night. Stein won the 200 fly in 2:04.21, followed by William Jewell senior Haley Ramsey in 2:04.70 and Drury freshman Ashley Sturman in 2:05.60.

Will Shanel of Truman State also added a 200 fly title to his 400 IM title from yesterday, finishing the race in a new GLVC record 1:47.27. Second went to Caleb Hathaway of Missouri S&T, who finished the race in 1:49.25, and Drury’s David Wong finished third in 1:50.53.

The Truman State women, Spencer, Jasmine Roghair, Barnett, and Nikki Sisson took the gold in the 800 free relay, coming in with 7:29.26. The Drury team finished second in 7:31.68, followed by William Jewell’s 7:39.99.

The men of Missouri S&T, Kevin McPherson, Glaser, Eirik Nielsen, and Keith Sponsler grabbed the gold in the men’s 800 free relay, finishing in 6:33.06, followed by Indianapolis’s 6:37.39 and Truman State’s 6:40.78.

Tomorrow’s events, the 1650 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, and 400 free relay will round out the weekend’s competition.

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 31                     
  1. Drury University: 720   2. Truman State University: 667.5
  3. University of Indianapolis: 434   4. William Jewell College: 345
  5. Lewis University: 247   6. Bellarmine University: 168
  7. Maryville University: 127   8. Quincy University: 106.5
  9. University of Missouri - Stl: 92
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 32                      
  1. Missouri Univ of Science and T  585.5   2. Drury University: 568.5
  3. University of Indianapolis: 531   4. Truman State University: 324
  5. Lewis University: 298   6. William Jewell College: 272
  7. University of Missouri - Stl: 202   8. Bellarmine University: 103
  9. Maryville University: 34


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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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