Records fall in Kansas Double Dual meet as Denver triumphs

Multiple pool records fell in the double dual meet with Kansas hosting the women’s teams from Denver and Missouri State. Strong efforts from Kansas swimmers Haley Molden, and Chelsie Miller, helped the Jayhawk women top Missouri State 277-75, but they couldn’t top the Denver squad, falling 204-148. The Denver women were also victorious over the Bears from Missouri State, winning 278.5-73.5

Denver started the meet off with a win. The ‘A’ squad of Johanna Roas, Amanda Sanders, Sam Corea, and Drew Matthews took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.95 – just ahead of the Kansas ‘A’ team coming in second in 1:44.98.

Denver freshman Maddie Myers had wins in the 400 IM (4:21.03) and the 200 breaststroke (2:22.42), as well as a 2nd place effort in the 500 free (5:01.58). Denver senior Sam Corea touched first in the 200 backstroke, setting a pool record with a 1:58.51.

Molden, the Kansas junior won the 200 free (1:51.04), and was second in the 100 free (51.97) behind Johanna Roas from Denver (51.32). Chelsie Miller, the IM and butterfly specialist for Kansas had a strong evening. She out-touched Roas from Devner in the 200 IM with a winning time of 2:06.15, and won the 200 fly in 2:02.85. She also took the 500 free in 5:00.42, beating Myers from Denver who touched in second place with a 5:01.58.

Dana Gau from Denver won the women’s 3 meter diving with a score of 256.35, followed by Graylyn Jones from Kansas with 252.25 points. Kansas then swept the 1 meter diving with Jones taking first with 271.9 points, Sydney Power taking second with 257 points, and Nadia Khechfe taking third with 238.75.

The ladies from Missouri State were up against some quick competition, but they had strong performances on the weekend. Dora Kiss was fourth in the 500 free swimming a 5:04.44, and Sydney Zupan took third in the 200 backstroke in 2:05.20.

Next up, the Denver women head to Air Force on November 8th while Kansas hosts TCU & North Dakota on November 1st, and the Missouri State women head to Columbia on October 31st.

On the men’s side, it was a straight dual meet with Denver facing off against Missouri State.

Missouri State started off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. The ‘A’ relay of Paul Le, Isaac Springer, Will Brand, and Uvis Kalnins posted a 1:32.30 over the Denver ‘A’ team of Ray Bornman, Tim Cottam, Andrew Torres, and William Van Dehy who swam a 1:33.02. The Missouri State 200 free relay of Le, Kalnins, Caleb Schuermann, and Isaac McKnight also posted a pool record time of 1:22.71 in the 200 free relay – topping the previous mark set by Texas A&M in 2003.

Le had a stellar day, not only was he part of the record setting 200 free relay, but he had a season best effort in the 200 back posting another pool record time of 1:45.11 – topping the old mark by over 4 seconds. Kalnins also had a record setting day, posting the pool record in the 400 IM with a 3:57.16.

Denver had excellent efforts of their own, with 2014 Summit League swimmer of the year Dylan Bunch winning the both the 1,000 free (9:28.05) and the 500 free (4:28.96), beating out Missouri’s Miguel Davila in both distance events. Davila posted a 9:30.05 in the 1,000, and a 4:37.86 in the 500.

Denver senior Ross Edfort was the victor in the 1-meter diving, with a score of 335.05, coming in just ahead of Missouri State senior Garrett Nevels who scored 332.55. The pair of Edfort and Nevels finished first and second, respectively, in the 3-meter event as well with Edfort outscoring Nevels 332.50 to 327.35.

Denver improves their record to 2-0 and will take on Wyoming at home on October 30. Missouri State moves to 3-1 and will visit Columbia on October 31st.

Full results can be found here

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