TCU, Missouri State Train Together, Then Square Off in Dual Meet

At first glance, a Missouri State-TCU dual meet doesn’t really jump out at you on paper.  But when you add in two cooperative full-length swim workouts with the two teams training together, along with a free swim clinic for young kids around the area?  You have another unique twist on what could have otherwise been any old midseason meet.  Different events like this deserve a round of applause from the swimming community.

In summary, last weekend at the 2013 Oklahoma Splash Bash in Jenks, Oklahoma, Missouri State and TCU swam two combined practices, with the coaches and athletes from both schools training and working together in three different groups (sprint, distance, and IM/stroke).  The teams followed each practice up with a full meet, and ended the first day with a free swim clinic for around 125 kids from the area.

The two teams split the two-day meet, with Missouri State taking the men’s meet in a final score of 258-114 behind outstanding performances from Paul Le, Isaac Springer, and Uvis Kalnins, and TCU coming away victorious on the women’s side, 213-151, thanks to six wins from freshman Julia Sanders.

In addition to a great compilation video shown above put together by the folks at Missouri State, we’ve included the full workouts, meet recaps, and quotes from the weekend below.

For results of the meet, click here

Workouts – Day 1:

Sprint Group Main Set 

6 x (5×75)Fast- Descend 1-4 #5 EZ
Interval by round 1:30/1:40/1:50/2:00/2:10/2:20

Stroke & IM Group Main Set

2 rounds: [
2×100 @ 7:00 Fast from Dive in Heats + 200 EZ
6×50 @ 1:05 200 Pace!
4×100 @ 1:30 Recovery Swim Choice
6×25 @ :50 All out Race! (Odds: Dive, Even: push)
3×200 @ 3:00 Recovery Swim Choice

Distance Group Main Set

1000 @ M 10:30 / W 11:15 DPS & work walls
6×100 @ M 1:05 / W 1:10 Goal Mile Pace
50 @ 100 Fast
2 x 100 @ 1:40 #1 fast kick, #2 drill
800 @ M @ 8:30 / W 9:15 Negative Split
8x 100 M 1:05 / W 1:10 Hold Mile Pace
50 @ 1:00 Fast
2 x 100 @ 1:40 #1 fast kick, #2 drill
600 @ M 6:30 / W 7:15 Build with last 200 strong
10×100 @ M 1:05 / W 1:10 Best Average
50 @ 1:00 Fast
2 x 100 @ 1:40 #1 fast kick, #2 drill

Workouts – Day 2:

Sprint Group Main Set

4×200 free mixed relays
300 EZ + 4×75 @ 1:10 recovery (after each)
Each relay was given goal time based on the 50 free times from night one of the meet

Stroke Group Main Set

2 rounds: [
10 x50 @ 1:05
#1&2 Pace +2 seconds
#3&4 Pace +1 second
#5&6 200 Pace
#7&8 Pace -1 second
#9&10 Recovery EZ
2×200 @ 4:00 Negative Split

“Last Man/Women Standing” countdown 50s by :01 (start @ 1:00 / breast @ 1:05)
Most swimmers did between 22-30

Distance Group Workout

8 x 100 swim: [email protected] 120 [email protected] 115
8 x 75: o-25 K 50 D @ 110 e- 25 D 50 B @ 110 2 of each IMO
8 x 50: pull o- DPS @ 40 e- strong @ 35
8 x 25: o- des 1-4 e- Fast

2 rounds:
4 x 75 @ 55 des 1-4
4 x 25: o- build e- ½ sprints
4 x 200 Free @ 210/215
1 x 800 pull negative split
4 x 125 Free @ 120/125
1 x 500 pull 100 Fast 100 DPS
4 x 50 DPS @ 40
1 x 200 FAST
16 x 50 w fins 1-4 on your back, 5-8 DPS, 9-12 R/L, 13-16 no fins scull/swim
20 x [email protected]:01 try and beat the top…let’s say you start on the 45, by number 20 you have to go a 55 on the last one

Day 1 Recap:

This section is a portion of a press release, edited for grammar, courtesy of the Missouri State Athletic Department. For the full release, go here.

JENKS, Okla. – The Missouri State swimming team opened the 2013 Oklahoma Splash Bash at the Trojan Aquatic Center Saturday with several solid swims as the men won all 10 events contested, and the women received victories from sophomore Dora Kiss and seniors Anna Ahlin and Renata Sander.

Through the first day of the meet, the MSU men lead TCU 133-53, while the women trail, 131-55.

Kiss claimed the 200-yard butterfly in a career-best and pool-record 1:51.31. Ahlin took the 100 backstroke in 57.47, and Sander won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.61 to lead the MSU women. Junior Roni Balzam was third in the 200 fly and also achieved a career-best 1:53.61.

Junior Paul Le paced the men, winning the 100 back in a pool-record and NCAA-`B’- time of 47.91, exciting a large crowd seeing the Moore, Okla., native compete collegiately in his home state for the first time.

In all, the Bears set three pool records in individual events on the day, which started with a combined practice session with the student-athletes and coaching staffs of both schools, and ended with a free swim clinic that drew 125 area children from third to eighth grades.

Le also set the pool record in the 50 freestyle in 20.33, and led the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay squads to victory in pool-record times of 1:22.57 and 3:19.36, respectively.

Sophomore Uvis Kalnins was the only other Missouri State swimmer to win multiple events as he took the 200 free (1:40.64) and 200 IM (1:50.72).

Other event victories came from Isaac Springer in the 100 breast (56.32), Vitalli Baryshok in the 50 fly (22.72),Matthew Wilson in the 200 fly (1:51.31) and Miguel Davila in the 1,000 free (9:27.01).

Day 2 Recap:

This section is portions of a press release, edited for grammar, courtesy of the Missouri State Athletic Department.  For the full release, go here.

JENKS, Okla. – The Missouri State men’s swimming team won all events against TCU for the second consecutive day to defeat the Horned Frogs and win the Oklahoma Splash Bash, 258-114, Sunday at Trojan Aquatic Center.

The MSU women fell to TCU, 213-151, in the two-day event.

The victory for the men is their eighth all-time against the Big 12 school and second straight in the series, upping the Bears’ dual meet mark to 4-1 this season. The women drop to 3-3 with the loss. TCU is now 1-2 and 3-2 in men’s and women’s duals this year.

Junior Paul Le and sophomore Isaac Springer led the way for the Bears, winning two individual events apiece on the day. Le also claimed wins in both the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:02.47) and 200-medley relay (3:19.36) to come away with four pool records Sunday.

Springer was victorious in the 50 breaststroke in a pool-record 25.97 and 200 breast in 2:06.90, while swimming the breaststroke leg of the medley relay.

Le took the 50 and 100 backstroke events in pool records of 22.79 and 1:45.61.

Other individual wins on the men’s side came from sophomore Uvis Kalnins in the 400 IM (4:00.36) and classmate Miguel Davila in the 500 free (4:36.33).  Juniors Vitalii Baryshok (100 free, 46.14) and Matthew Wilson (100 butterfly, 49.86) also won events.

The meet marked the return to competition of juniors Chris Carpenter and Caleb Schuermann. Carpenter had been out the entire season with a shoulder injury, and Schuermann saw his first action since the season-opening Show-Me Showdown at Missouri on Oct. 4. Carpenter finished third in the 50 breast, while Schuermann anchored the winning 400-free relay and was third in the 100 free in 47.12.

Senior Renata Sander won a pair of events for the MSU women, taking the 50- (29.94) and 200-yard breaststrokes (2:20.36). Freshman Anna Bump helped the Bears go 1-2 in the 50, finishing in 30.57 in the event. 

Senior Anna Ahlin won the 200 backstroke (2:04.06) and led off the 400-free relay. The team of Ahlin, Kate Gately, Carly Wright and Janke Engelbrecht won that event in 3:37.76.

For the second consecutive day, the Bears and Horned Frogs participated in a combined practice session with swimmers from both schools learning from the experience.


Quotes From the Weekend:

Richard Sybesma, TCU Head Coach:
“The Horned Frogs trained well this morning. They took advantage of the different atmosphere and had impressive workouts. They raced hard at the meet, even though they swam tired after a quick turn around from practice sessions. The most amazing part of the day though was the clinic after the meet. Everyone – college swimmers, age group swimmers, parents, fans, and coaches – enjoyed and benefited from the experience.”

Sybesma, on the day two workout:
“There was a great racing environment this morning in the sprint group practice. The men and women stepped up and raced well against a competitive Missouri State team.”

Caleb Schuermann, Missouri State, on the day two workout:
“This morning was a lot of fun swimming on relays with TCU and against a mix of TCU/MSU relay. We called ourselves the Horned Bears! It was cool seeing different coaches styles and motivation tactics.”

Dave Collins, MSU Head Coach:
“Today was a special day for our Missouri State program. To have the opportunity to train in a combined setting with TCU, created a very unique and beneficial experience. Then to watch both teams compete in many close races helps our season development. Finally, having the chance to provide a great Free swim clinic for 125 young area swimmers was just awesome! To see the smiles on all their faces as they received advice from our athletes was very neat to see”

Kate Gately, Missouri State:
“I thought we got a lot out of the set and training with a good team like TCU this morning. Even though the main set was tough, we all pushed each other and everyone was going really fast. It was cool mixing up the lanes and getting the chance to get to know some of the TCU swimmers. They’re all really nice! ”

Ryan Wilcox, TCU:
“It’s always fun going to another teams workout and train with new people. Seeing how your competitors train helps motivate you into giving it your all.”

Ryker Saunders, TCU:
“Great opportunities always arise when broadening the exposure of your training styles. Two great swim teams were able to come together and synchronize their talents and efforts in the water. Not only does this allow for greater constructive training but also great team bonding.”

Isaac Springer, Missouri State:
“Overall the attitude of both teams was extremely positive, both teams racing to get better, and both teams encouraging each other throughout the set, it was about making each team better and learning to compete for 2 hours not 2 minutes.”

Michelle Fleming and Ali Polhill, TCU:
“A change in atmosphere made it a lot if fun to race against each other in practice and the meet. Having different training partners from another team helped motivate us when the set got tough.”

Jarod Roberts, Missouri State:
“I felt the training set went great. It was completely different than anything we had done before, since we intermixed the teams it took the normal practice aspect out of the set and made it a 2 hour non-stop race.”

Sebastian Arispe, TCU:
“It was a great experience to get to swim with really good swimmers who I dont train with every day. It was a good opportunity to push each other forward even though we knew we were going to compete against each other a couple hours later.”

Caroline Maxvill, TCU coach, on the day two stroke group workout:
“Both men and women attacked the stroke practices today and really pushed themselves. They did not back down from the challenging sets or each other and took advantage of the opportunity to race one another in the times sets today.”

Heather Snyder, MSU, on the day two distance workout:
“Swimming with the guys was very challenging this morning. They were encouraging and really pushed me. It definitely made racing a lot harder, but when you look at the benefits In the long run it’s 100 % worth it. The goal times our distance group plan to hit at conference are pretty insane and for that there’s really no time to hold back. It was great opportunity and a good way to finish the weekend.”

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