Tigers Have Strong Individual Efforts But Can’t Come Through with a Team Victory

Saturday, Oct 29-

In their first conference event of the season, the Missouri Tigers women’s swimming and diving team suffered a tough defeat to the Texas A&M Aggies.

The team lost by a score of 180-120. Several Tigers won events, but as a team they could not pull out a victory.

The relay team of Cassie Cunningham, Rachel Ripley, Shara Stafford and Lisa Nathanson nabbed first in the 200-yard medley relay by a mere .09 seconds. Their time of 1:42.06 was enough to top the second-place Aggies. The Aggies also placed third, fourth and sixth in the event, with the Tigers also finishing in fifth and seventh.

Stafford also placed first in three other events, including the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. She swam times of 1:48, 50.15 and 54.21, respectively. Stafford was the only Tiger in the top four in both the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle.

The Tigers dominated the 50-yard freestyle with Nathanson and Cunningham taking first and second place with times of 23.54 and 23.99. respectively. Missouri swimmers Sydney Schaefer and Emily Doucette took fourth and fifth in the event, respectively.

Dominique Bouchard placed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:58.53. She also placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.32.

Jordan Marcom was the shining star for the Tiger divers, placing third in the 1-meter competition with a score of 288.63. She also placed third in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 338.7

While the Tigers placed first in many events, they were not consistent as a team. Texas A&M consistently had multiple swimmers in the top four of events. There were only two events in which the Aggies didn’t place multiple swimmers in the Top 4: the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Tigers next compete when they take on Southern Illinois and Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Lexington, Ky.

-Walt Scher
Staff Writer