The MSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hope to build off some early success as they keep on kicking through their season.
The Bears’ swimmers and divers had a busy October, as they competed in meets both at home and away.
In the opening meet of the season, the Bears faced Southern Illinois in a two-day dual meet. The men outscored the Salukis, 205.5-145.5, while the women fell, 187-166.
It was on to Miami, Florida next as the men and women competed in the TYR Fall Classic after their meeting with SIU. Against some unfamiliar schools and swimmers, the men’s team finished in fourth place, and the women’s team finished in fifth.
In their most recent meet, the Bears traveled to Lawrence, Kansas in another two-day dual meet. The men faced off against South Dakota, and the women raced both South Dakota and Kansas in their tri-dual matchup. The men’s team beat South Dakota 178-154. The women’s team defeated South Dakota 222.5-129.5 and lost to Kansas 228.5-118.5.
The Bears said they are pleased with the early success that they have seen on their respective teams.
“I’m pleasantly surprised with how smooth the beginning of the season has been,” said Michael Hampel, a senior on the men’s team.
MSU swimming has also had a couple swimmers recognized for their individual performances. Both Anna Miller for the women, and Arthur Cury for the men, have each earned conference player of the week honors in the early goings of the season.
Head coach Dave Collins spoke highly about each swimmer.
“Anna has the ability to change the whole trajectory of a meet,” Collins said. “Usually, you don’t have one individual performer who can change the outcome of a meet, but (Anna) has the ability to do that.”
On the men’s side, Collins said that what makes Cury valuable is his “versatility.”
“Arthur can go in a lot of spots,” Collins said. “As we try to figure out who should be in what events, Arthur can fill the hole in a lot of different spots.”
The Bears will be back in Springfield and competing at home for the first time in over a month this weekend. The men’s and women’s teams look to sink Indiana State and Missouri S&T.
Collins said he wants to see the teams take the next step in their meet this weekend.
“Now that we’ve had a couple races under our belts and dusted off the cobwebs, it’s time to be crisp and execute a good race strategy.”
Hampel holds the men’s team to a high standard as they enter into this weekend.
“We expect to win everything,” Hampel said. “If we lose an event it’s a disappointment.”
As for the women, Anna Miller said she wants to prove that last year's conference championship was no fluke. “It's important for us to win (this weekend) to show that (the MVC championship) wasn’t just a one time thing.”
The teams will be back in action this weekend, Nov. 5-6, in Hammons Student Center.
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