Swimming Teams Dominate Missouri State

Christopher Novak brings you the highlights of Missouri swimming’s meet against the Missouri State Bears.

Saturday, Oct. 20-

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were back in action Saturday afternoon and both came out with the win. The Tigers hosted Missouri State in a head to head showdown at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

The women completely blew the competition out of the water as they won an unheard of 14 of 15 events for a score of 176-66.

The 400-meter medley relay team of senior Dominique Bouchard, senior Rachel Ripley, freshman Danielle Barbiea, and senior Sydney Shaefer got things started for the Tigers as they won by over six seconds for a time of 3:47.05. Ripley would go on to win the 400-meter individual medley and the 200-meter breaststroke with times of 4:28.62 and 2:20.97

Freshman Anna Patterson and senior Cassie Cunningham also won two events of their own. Cunningham swam her way to victory in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. Patterson claimed victory in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly with times of 1:53.71 and 2:05.47.

The women’s diving team dominated, as junior Loren Figueroa won the 1-meter dive for the second meet in a row. Senior Sharon Finn edged out freshman Lauren Ree to capture first place in the 3-meter dive.

The men were not quite as overpowering as the women, but they were still able to pull away with the victory as they downed Missouri State 131-107.

Just like the women, the men got off to a quick start, winning the 400-meter medley relay. The relay team consisted of sophomore Sam Tierney, junior Mark Conroy, sophomore Mack Darragh, and freshman Max Grodecki and they won with a time of 3:18.74.

Darragh would go on to win two more events later in the meet. First, he posted a stellar time of 3:58.50 in the 400-meter individual medley and then another great time in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:50.83.

Junior David Bonuchi was the star for the men in the diving pool as he claimed the title in both the 1-meter and the 3-meter dives.

The Tigers are back in action Friday when they take on Arkansas, Kentucky, and SIU. The meet starts at 2 p.m. in the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

-John Flattery
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Staff Writer