The Missouri State swimming and diving team took on a familiar opponent in the local Drury Panthers. The intra-Springfield rivalry was one to remember for Bears supporters as both the diving and swimming teams put on impressive performances against the Panthers.
The men captured an impressive victory 146-91, the women’s team was taken down by Drury by a slim margin of 128-113. This totaled out to a 259-219 victory for the Bears.
Freshman John David Spence of Missouri State took first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 297.67. Sophomore Michael Claunch finished second at 297.22, followed by freshman in third at 224.32.
The women of Missouri State also placed well, with sophomore Ashley Yarbrough posting a score of 265.05, coming in first place. Fellow sophomore Dayana Popa posted a 252.60 for a second place finish, followed by freshman Adriana Avila, who finished with a score of 230.62.
Missouri State as a team took first place in the men’s 400-meter medley relay with a time of 3:17.78, only a few seconds shy of setting the pool record.
In the women’s 1,000-meter freestyle race, the Bears earned a second and third place finish from sophomores Libby Howell and Leticia Rodrigues.
The men’s side dominated the 1,000 free with junior Antonio Thomas taking first place with a time of 9:23.78. Senior Minki Kang directly followed Thomas in second place.
The Bears placed well in the men’s and women’s 200-meter freestyle race with senior Brianna McCullough placing third place. Senior Kevin Douglas posted a time of 1:43.15, which earned him second place.
Junior Lucas Paloschi earned first place in the men’s 50-meter freestyle race, clocking in at 20.86. Samuel Senn, a junior, finished behind Paloschi in second place. Sophomore Anna Miller placed second in the 50-meter freestyle race on the women’s side.
In the 200-meter individual medley on the women’s side, senior Josie Pearson earned first place with a time of 2:05.50. Freshman Sydney Radloff placed third place in the event. The only Bear to place in the men’s 200-meter individual medley was senior Artur Osvath.
The women of the diving team impressed in the 1-meter board dives. The Bears took home first, second and third place as Yarbrough led the pack at 277.35, followed by Avila at 252.45 and Popa at 248.40. The men also dominated places on the 1-meter board with Claunch at 325.25, followed by Spence at 262.42 and Fischer in third at 260.4.
Osvath placed first in the 200-meter butterfly race, followed by freshman Pawel Krawczyk in second. Pearson was the only female swimmer to place in the 200-meter butterfly.
The 100-meter freestyle race was also dominated by Missouri State on the men’s side, as Paloschi and Senn took the first two places. The women’s team also performed well, as Miller took second along with senior Loretta Stelnicki placing third.
The men’s 500-meter freestyle race didn’t bring a win for the Bears, but Thomas placed second and Kang placed third. Howell was the only woman to place in the 500-meter freestyle, taking second place.
In the 200-meter breaststroke, senior Blair Bish finished second place for the men. The women’s team had more success with Pearson, Radloff and senior Kaylee Larson taking second through fourth.
MSU will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take part in the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational Nov. 15-17.