Missouri State Wins 12 Individual Events in Sweep of Evansville

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November 30th, 2018 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

Missouri State at Evansville

Courtesy: Missouri State Athletics

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 and 17th 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.

Courtesy: Evansville Athletics

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Swimming and diving put up a tough fight against Missouri State this afternoon, but ultimately fell in the last meet of the fall schedule.

The final score for the women was Missouri State- 137, Evansville- 106, while the men were Missouri State- 152, Evansville- 89.

“Missouri State has been at the top of our conferences for both teams for a long time,” said head coach Brent Noble. “To go where we want to go, we’ve got to keep measuring ourselves against them and closing the gap. We made progress tonight. We swam better than a UE team has in recent memory, and we will keep working to consistently close the gap that’s left. I’m happy where we are now and the way we approached the meet, but not satisfied.”

The women began the day with a win in the 200 Medley Relay. Senior Sam Gowdy, junior Alaina Sylvester, senior Kristen Myers, and junior Emma Hennessy clocked a 1:47.10 to take the event.

Freshman Pearl Muenstermann took the first individual win with a 24.98 finish in the 50 freestyle. Hennessy took a close 2nd with a 24.99, and senior Kaylee Gubricky placed 3rd with a 25.25.

Sophomore Andrea Ramis tacked on another victory for the women with a 1st place finish in the 200 IM with a final time of 2:13.96. Junior Ashton Adams and freshman Emily Vasquez followed for the sweep in 2nd and 3rd at 2:15.17 and 2:15.26 respectively.

A number of runner-up finishes were accomplished as well. Freshman Nicolette Wickes clocked a 11:05.18 in the 1000 freestyle, while senior Megan Schremp took 3rd at 11:10.86.

Junior Kristy Kupfer placed 2nd in the 200 freestyle with a final time of 1:56.40, followed by senior Madi Jones with a 1:57.65. Myers followed in the 100 butterfly to clock a 57.74 for the runner-up spot.

Freshman Jessie Steele took 2nd place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.72. Jones recorded a 55.22 for another 3rd place finish. Junior Alaina Sylvester took the final top 3 finish for the women with a 2nd place time of 1:08.69 in the 100 breaststroke.

The men were able to hold their own and take some victories as well. Junior Jared Sutphin took the top spot in the 100 freestyle with a 47.26, over a second faster than the runner up.

Freshman Ee Tan won the 500 freestyle with a 4:45.58. Fellow freshman David Killian clocked a 4:51.70 for 3rd. Additionally, sophomore Eli James took the 100 breaststroke for the Aces with a final time of 59.32.

Freshman Oskar Menkhaus took the first 2nd place finish of the day with a 9:55.78 finish in the 1000 freestyle. Junior Brandt Hudson was also a runner up in the 200 freestyle with a final time of 1:44.80.

Senior Matt Duke and James took 2nd and 3rd in the 50 freestyle with times of 21.34 and 21.76 respectively.  Sophomore Credence Pattinson took the final 2nd place finish of the day in the 100 backstroke, his time a 51.61. Hudson’s 53.71 was good for 3rd place.

On the diving side, freshman Maggie Franz led the women with a 3rd place finish on both boards, with 220.12 points on 3-Meter and 225.82 on 1-Meter. Senior Miguel Marcano took 2nd on both boards with 253.42 points and 236.77 points respectively.

Swimming will be back in action in the new year with a road competition at Eastern Illinois on January 9th.

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