Truman State Sweeps Western Illinois in Final Meet of 2018

Western Illinois at Truman State

  • Dec. 1, 2018
  • Results
  • Men: Truman State def. WIU 142-115
  • Women: Truman State def. WIU 169-90

Courtesy: Truman State Athletics

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – For the final time in 2018, the Truman State University men’s and women’s swimming teams were in action. The Bulldogs swept Western Illinois inside Pershing Natatorium as the men won by a score of 142-115 and the women followed suit, 169-90.

The men took home first place in seven events while the women were on top of the pedestal for 10 of their 14 events.

Justin King took home multiple titles including the 200 fly (1:55.33) and 200 IM (1:56.28).

Four of the men’s seven wins came in freestyle events including Lliot Gieseke in the 100 (48.01), John Breen in the 200 (1:44.79), Riley Olson in the 500 (4:56.87), and Connor Neils in the 1000 (9:55.14).

The men’s seventh and final win belonged to Jack McKenzie in the 100 fly with a time of 51.28.

Switching gears to the women, two of their titles came in relay events including the 200 medley (1:50.56) and the 200 free (1:40.49).

That Medley team was made up of Lauren Massot, Ginny Schranck, Maggie Hickey, and Emma Brabham.

As for the 200 free relay team, that quartet consisted of Brabham, Lexi Krogman, Allison Garrett, and Kaylee Sisson.

In the free events, Megan Mensinger won the 500 (5:28.28) and Emma Barnett won the 1000 (10:58.73).

On to the backstroke, first-place showings for Truman included Massot in the 100 (1:00.29) and Barnett in the 200 (2:09.41).

Next up, in the butterfly, touching the wall first for the Bulldogs were Hickey in both the 100 (58.20) and 200 (2:09.37).

Last, but certainly not least, were Schranck in the 200 breast (2:27.43) and Massot in the 200 IM (2:14.78).

This will do it for 2018, so up next, both the men and women will be at William Jewell on Saturday, Jan. 12 with the action set to begin at 1 p.m. in Liberty.

Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Western Illinois swimming and diving program had one final meet in the year 2018 and claimed 11 event wins Saturday (Dec. 1) in a dual meet at Truman State.

The final score saw Western’s men narrowly edged by the Bulldogs, 142-115, while the women dropped the one-one-one, 169-90.

“Our shorter distance races looked really good,” said head coach Greg Naumann. “We struggled early on with our long distance races.  They weren’t quite attacking their races like they are capable of doing and the men’s team had some chances to pull out the W but fell a little short.”

The Leathernecks’ men were quite successful in their relay teams with wins in the 200-yard medley (1:35.30) and 200-yard freestyle medley (1:26.66). The first team was comprised of Brennan Bladel, Chance McQuigg, Samir Almhiemid, and Adam Peterson, and the latter saw Phillip Kudela swimming in the No. 2 spot.

Bladel was involved in each of the group successes while also notching a pair of his own with the No. 1 marks in the 100-yard (52.90) and 200-yard (1:57.42) backstrokes.

As a unit, the Leathernecks’ men and women’s teams claimed victories in several events like the 100-yard breaststroke where Erica Hagen (1:07.75) and Chance McQuigg (58.56) set the times to beat. Marissa Purdum (25.05) and Peterson (21.48) also posted wins in the 50-yard freestyle.

McQuigg also added a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, logging a time of 2:13.65.

“The women’s side was very difficult.  Truman State’s women’s team has always been very good, and this year is no different.  The races we were able to win were great swims.  Miranda had some great freestyle swims along with Erica continuing to dominate in the 100-breast.”

Miranda Mathus was first to touch in the women’s 200-yard freestyle, the lone to finish in under two minutes, with a time of 1:57.27 and also clocked in first in the 100-free at 53.76.

“I am pleased to see that some of the things that we are working on in practice are starting to show up in their races. We’ve got a decent amount of time off before our next meet to really work on putting everything together for our races from start to finish.”

Western opens the new year in Brophy Hall with back-to-back races on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12. South Dakota State and Saint Louis will join the Leathernecks Friday at 6 p.m. before an 11 a.m. meet Saturday against South Dakota and Eastern Illinois.

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