Drury Women Open Season With Wins Over Little Rock, HSU; Men Down Red Waves

Drury vs Little Rock vs Henderson St.

  • Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Springfield, Mo.
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results (PDF)
  • Final Scores
    • Women: Drury 195, Little Rock 92
    • Women: Drury 194, Henderson St. 104
    • Women: Little Rock 149, Henderson St. 139
    • Men: Drury 187, Henderson St. 113

Courtesy: Drury Athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Both Drury swimming & diving teams claimed wins in their season opener as the Panthers women’s squad defeated Little Rock (NCAA-I) and Henderson State, while the DU men’s team also defeated Henderson State on Friday night in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Drury women’s team defeated Little Rock 195-92 and Henderson St. 194-104. Drury’s men’s squad posted a 187-113 victory over Henderson St.

Women’s Highlights

  • The Panthers won 400 Free Relay (3:52.64) and the 200 Free Relay (1:35.66)
  • Mellie Wijk (Soph., Stockholm, Sweden) won four events finishing first in the 200 Fly (2:07.98), 100 Fly (57.72) and the 200 IM (2:06.98). She was also on Drury’s first-place 400 Free Relay team
  • Claire Conover (Soph., Wichita, Kan.) won the 100 Breast (1:06.62), and the 200 Breast (2:23.22) in addition to being on Drury’s winning 400 Free Relay team
  • Kasia Rogowska (Sr., Stare Bielice, Poland) finished first in the 50 Free (23.62)
  • Morgan Gullette (Jr., Dallas, Tex.) took first in the 500 Free (5:15.74)

Men’s Highlights

  • Anisse Djaballah (Sr., Alegiers, Algeria) won both distances events taking the 1000 Free (9:38.62) and the 500 Free (4:38.92)
  • Davi Mourao (Soph., Sao Paulo, Brazil) earned wins in the 100 Breast (57.66), and the 200 Breast (2:08.75)
  • Alejandro Villarejo (Fr., Madrid, Spain) took first in the 200 Fly (1:53.72) and the 200 IM (1:54.72)
  • Cole Earl (Sr., Springfield, Mo.) won both diving events taking the 1-meter competition with 328 points and the 3-meter with 303.53 points
  • Andrew Rodriguez (Gr., Ripon, Wisc.) picked up a win in the 200 Back (1:54.66)

Both Drury teams compete again on Oct. 14 with a dual at Missouri State at 1 pm in Hammons Student Center.

Courtesy: Little Rock Athletics

LITTLE ROCK – The Little Rock swimming & diving team concluded their home slate for the fall semester against Drury and Henderson State this afternoon, besting their in-state opponents but falling to the DII powerhouse Drury. However, in just their third competition of the year, the Trojans came away with nearly 50% best times, showing grit in the thick of the training season.

Sophomore backstroke star Caitlin Romprey shone, winning both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke in season-best times. She was the only swimmer under 58 seconds in the 100 back, touching the wall at 57.81, over half a second ahead of a pack of Drury foes. In the 200 back, she stopped the clock at 2:04.80, dropping four second from her previous mark this season and finishing approximately two seconds off of her lifetime best time.


The Trojans posted a season-best time in the meet-opening 400 medley, clocking in at 3:54.20. The A squad of Romprey, Lauren PieniazkiewiczJaelle Carlson and Annya Grom turned in a second place finished, as senior Grom anchored with a pool-best 51.12 freestyle leg.

The 200 freestyle relay concluded the long afternoon with another season-best time for the Trojans and another silver. The A relay turned in a 1:37.60, besting their swim from the All-Arkansas Invite last month by nearly three tenths. This time, the team was made up of Carlson, Cheryl Poulsen, Aubrey Matthews, and Grom.

Freestyle Highlights
Avery Spencer kicked off the individual events this afternoon with an impressive drop in the 1000, claiming a second-place finish in the process.. The freshman cut nearly 20 seconds from her swim two weeks ago, posting a 10:53.94 and nearly roping in the top finisher. Fellow distance swimmer Clare Sprinkle also shaved off 6 seconds for a season-best 11:13.69.

A trio of Trojans posted season-bests in the 200 free, led by Carlson’s 1:56.85. Gabriella O’Neil dropped nearly a second and a half to come in fourth at 1:57.40, while Poulsen clocked in at 1:59.35, good for top six.

In the sprint events, Grom led the Little Rock ladies, collecting second place in both the 100 free and 50 free. The senior posted a time of 23.86 in the 50 free as one of two swimmers under 24 seconds and also stopped the clock at 52.18 in the 100 free soon after.

Backstroke Highlights
Romprey was joined by classmate Olivia Henderson in the backstroke events, as the fellow sophomore claimed fourth in the 200 back with a time of 2:12.28. She also posted a season-best time of 1:00.41 in the 100 back.

Butterfly Highlights
Carlson led the Trojans in the 100 butterfly, coming in second with a time of 57.80, only hundredths behind the first place finisher. Meanwhile, Fer Moussier turned a pair of season-best times in both fly events. The senior got under the minute mark with a time of 59.88 in the 100 fly for fourth. Earlier in the meet, Moussier took third in the 200 fly, posting a time of 2:12.46 after going out with a quick front half.

Breaststroke Highlights
Pieniazkiewicz returned in the 100 breaststroke for the Trojans, not long after splitting a 1:06.93 in the medley relay. With a flat start, the sophomore touched the wall at 1:08.34, finishing fourth. Fellow breaststroke specialists Karina Harr and Lexie Shelton were not far off, coming in at 1:10.51 and 1:10.70, respectively. Shelton was also the top Little Rock finisher in the 200 breaststroke, cruising to a season-best 2:32.17.

IM Highlights
Gillian Boggs had a strong swim in the 200 IM today, coming in at 2:15.39, almost four seconds faster than two weeks ago. The sophomore claimed sixth overall, with fellow IMer Duru Sibiki not far behind in 2:16.08.

Up Next
In two weeks, Little Rock will face a handful of conference opponents in their next outing, and first away competition of the season. On October 21 and 22, the squad will travel north to Carbondale to race in the Missouri Valley Conference Showcase, a dual-site invitational featuring all the conference teams. View the full schedule here.

For the latest information on Little Rock Swimming and Diving, make sure to check out LRTrojans.com. You can also find the team on social media at @LittleRockSwim on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Courtesy: Henderson State Athletics

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Henderson State swam its second meet in as many days, this time inside the confines of Wells Natatorium for the first time this season, as the Red Wave women defeated Oklahoma Christian, 153.5-77.5. The men, despite having their 200 free relay team beat the 2023 NCAA qualifying time, fell to the current fifth-ranked Eagles, 117-114.

The domination of the ladies side began with HSU winning both relays with Aimee MillerBianca Santiago, Izzy Andrews and Kiara Pozvai finishing the 400 medley relay in 4:01.36 – a whole three seconds ahead of OC’s second-place quartet – before Pozvai, Andrews, Emily Chen and Mackenzie Kester touched the wall first in the 200 free relay (1:36.29).

Jayme Simmer, after winning the 1000 free and coming in second in the 500 yesterday in Little Rock, flip-flopped by getting first in the 500 (5:18.87) and getting second in the 1000 (10:54.63). Simmer defeated the Eagles’ Mallory Mead by five seconds in the 500.

True freshman Ryan Grasser and Izzy Andrews both claimed their first individual wins of the season with Grasser pacing the field in the 200 free (2:00.49) before Andrews garnered top honors in the 100 butterfly (59.31). Emma Jorgensen (2:12.62) and Bianca Santiago (2:13.75) one, twoed the 200 IM while, for the second straight day, Pozvai swept her individual races, winning the 50 free (23.63) and 100 free (51.74). Kester also came in second in both the 50 and 100 free behind Pozvai.

On the men’s side, the 200 free relay team of Jack ArmstrongPatryk DabrowskiJase Pinckney and Lamar Taylor posted a 2023 NCAA qualifying time, touching the wall at 1:20.19. All four swimmers swam sub-20.43 legs while Taylor logged a 19.34 final 50.

Armstrong, as he did yesterday, also claimed victories in the 50 (20.91) and 100 free (44.82). Taylor topped the podium in the 100 backstroke (50.07) while Pinckney paced the competitors in the 100 fly by more than three seconds (49.62).

The Red Wave will enjoy a little break before hosting cross-street rival Ouachita Baptist on homecoming weekend Friday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. with a dedication of the new Coak Matthews Scoreboard taking place right before the meet at 5:45 p.m.

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