Courtesy: Missouri State Athletics
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State closes out its 2021 slate by welcoming cross-town foe Drury for a dual at Hammons Student Center on Friday with diving events beginning at 1 p.m. and swimming events starting at 5 p.m.
|Missouri State vs. Drury|
|Date and Time||Friday, Dec. 17 | 1 p.m. Diving | 5 p.m. Swimming|
|Site||Hammons Student Center|
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- The dual will be held at Hammons Student Center Pool in Springfield, Mo.
- Diving events will start at 1 p.m. while swimming events begin at 5 p.m.
- Admission is free to all spectators
- Live results can be found on the Meet Mobile app, which is downloadable through the app store.
- Relays: 11-4-2
- Individual: 9-4-3-2-1
Order of Events
- Diving (1 p.m.)
- 400 medley relay (5 p.m.)
- – 5 Min. Break –
- 1000 Free
- 200 Free
- 50 Free
- 200 IM
- – 15 Min Break –
- 200 Fly
- 100 Free
- 200 Backstroke
- 500 Free
- – 10 Min. Break –
- 200 Breaststroke
- 400 Free Relay
- The Bears and Panthers are no strangers as Missouri State is just 1.2 miles from the campus of Drury University.
- The two programs have met 39 times on the men’s side, with MSU holding a 21-18 series lead. Drury leads the all-time series on the women’s side by a 20-10 margin.
- Last season, Missouri State split the dual with Drury as the Bears won the women’s meet and the Panthers took the men’s matchup.
- Head Coach Dave Collins graduated from Drury in 2005. As a student-athlete at Drury, Collins was an Academic All-American and specialized in the backstroke events. The Panthers won a pair of NCAA Division II national titles (2003-2005) and two national runner-up finishes (2002, 2004) during his four-year career.
- Former Missouri State head coach Jack Steck, who led the Bears from 1983-2011, served as the head coach at Drury from 1968-1983, leading the Panthers to back-to-back NAIA national titles in 1981 and 1982.
Women’s Bear Bites
- The Bears fell (189.50-108.50) in a hard-fought dual against 19th-ranked Mizzou their last time out on Dec. 4.
- Anna Miller broke three Hammons Student Center Pool records during the dual with the Tigers. Miller won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.07, breaking the previous pool record set by Missouri’s Allison Bloebaum in 2019 by over two seconds. The mark was the second-fastest in program history and ranks 48th nationally this season. She followed up her performance by clocking a 54.03 to win the 100 butterfly, breaking former Bear Sydney Zupan’s (55.12) pool record set in 2016. Miller also set a pool record by swimming the opening 100 in a blistering 49.08, during the Bears’ 400 freestyle relay win. As a result of her efforts, she was named MVC Swimmer of the Week on Dec. 7.
- Missouri State recorded another record when Miller, Jordan Wenner, Libby Howell and Sami Roemer won the 400 freestyle relay by registering a time of 3:20.65.
- The women’s 200 medley relay team consisting of Kelly Sego, Yuliya Zubina, Roemer and Miller combined to swim a 1:39.62 to place second.
- In the 1,000 freestyle, Vera Margula placed second in 10:07.60, while Sam Hietpas (10:34.58) followed in third and Alex Thorson (10:48.20) finished fifth.
- Sego picked up the win in the women’s 100 backstroke with a time of 55.99. She also placed third in the 200 backstroke.
- Howell just missed winning the women’s 500 freestyle, finishing second with a time of 4:51.02, just one-hundredth of a second behind Macy Rink of Mizzou.
- Miller has continued her success this season, having already garnered ten individual wins and tallying 11 top-five finishes this season. She has twice collected MVC Swimmer of the Week honors on Oct. 13, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7.
- At the Purdue Invitational, MSU battled to a fifth-place finish among a loaded field.
- Howell posted a trio of top-five finishes at Purdue by placing second in the 200 (1:47.20) and 500 (4:48.47) freestyles while recording a fifth-place finish in the 1650 freestyle (16:54.99). She collected MVC Swimmer of the Week honors on Nov. 10, after her three individual wins in the Bears’ 221-132 win over Indiana State on Nov. 5-6. Howell is the only MVC swimmer to go a perfect 12-for-12 at the MVC Championships in her career and she currently holds school records in the 200, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles.
- Adrianna Avila has paced the Bears on both boards this season with marks of 239.40 in 1-meter diving and 243.52 in 3-meter competition.
- Missouri State defeated MVC foe Indiana State, 221-132 at Hammons Student Center on Nov. 5-6.
- The Bears defeated South Dakota and fell to Kansas in the Kansas Tri-Duals on Oct. 22-23 in Lawrence, Kan.
- Missouri State placed fifth against a strong tournament field at the TYR Invitational on Oct. 9 with a score of 247 points.
- The Bears have been in a league of their own when it comes to conference championships, having won five in a row and 17 of the last 19 MVC titles.
Men’s Bear Bites
- The Bears are 2-1 in head-to-head duals this season with wins over Southern Illinois and Missouri S&T while suffering a loss (207-79) to No. 9 Mizzou the last time out on Dec. 4.
- In the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Robbie Hill, Michael Hampel, Arthur Cury and Bruno Guerra clocked a 1:29.51 to take second.
- Brunno Suzuki notched a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.47. Cury (1:40.20) and Dylan Moffatt (1:41.76) also recorded top-five finishes by placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
- Robbie Hill paced the Bears in the 100 backstroke by clocking a time of 48.73 to finish third.
- In the 100 breaststroke, Nick Schuster placed third with an impressive time of 56.03.
- AJ Huskey was just .14 seconds off of winning the 200 butterfly, clocking a 1:47.31 to finish second.
- The Bears made their presence known in the 200 breaststroke by occupying the 2-5 positions in the order of: Schuster (2:05.35) Suzuki (2:05.49), Hampel (2:09.63) and Drew Watts (2:12.69).
- Missouri State finished fourth at the Purdue Invitational (Nov.18-20).
- The quartet of Krawczyk, Suzuki, Moffatt and Cury placed fourth in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:32.80. The mark was the eighth-fastest in MSU history.
- Cury swam the fastest time in the MAC this season with a 1:36.52, 200 Freestyle which was good for ninth-place.
- This season, John David Spence has led MSU on the boards with bests of 258.90 (1-Meter) and 322.65 (3-Meter).
- In their last dual at Hammons Student Center, the Bears were dominant, defeating Missouri S&T, 211.5-102.5, on Nov. 5-6.
- Missouri State defeated South Dakota in the Kansas Duals, 174-158, on Oct. 23.
- Cury was named MAC swimmer of the week on Oct. 29. Cury recorded three wins in a two-day dual against South Dakota on Oct. 22-23. On day one, the Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, native won the 200 freestyle with a blistering time of 1:42.36, as well as the 200 IM, finishing the event in 1:55.19. Cury added a third victory to his weekend with a win in the 100 butterfly on the final day of the dual, clocking in at 51.10. He also helped lead the men’s 400 meter relay squad to victory with a time of 3:06.45. Cury is a two-time all-MAC first-team selection, having garnered five gold medals, four silvers and one bronze at the MAC Championships during his career.
- The Bears defeated Southern Illinois in the season opener on Oct. 2, 205.5-145.5.
Take a Look Ahead
- The dual concludes the 2021 slate for Missouri State. The Bears will resume their season on Jan. 15, 2022, when they travel across town for another matchup with Drury.
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