Posted: Thursday, 25 October 2012 6:15PM

Swimming & Diving Set to Host Drury Friday



Springfield, MO (Missouri State Sports Information)  -- The Missouri State swimming & diving team welcomes crosstown rival Drury to Hammons Student Center on Friday for its first home dual meet of the season.

Diving events are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m., while the swimming portion of the meet will get underway at 6 p.m. Admission is free. In addition, the first 75 Maroon Madness members in attendance will receive a special edition “Pack the Pool for the Dual” t-shirt.

The No. 23 Missouri State men’s team looks to chip away at Drury’s 14-10 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Bears and Panthers split the two meetings as MSU won handily at home (169-74) in October, but dropped a heartbreaker (118-125) at Drury’s Breech Pool in January. 

On the women’s side, the teams will be meeting for the 13th time. Drury holds a 9-3 advantage in the dual meet series. The women also split the head-to-head matchups last year. In October, the team race came down to the final relay (400 free) and with a 2-3 finish in the event, the Bears held off the Panthers for a 119-115 victory. In the second meeting between the two schools, it was close throughout, but the Panthers edged MSU 126-111.

This marks the first of two home meets for the Bears this season. Missouri State’s Senior Night is set for Jan. 19 when Truman State visits Hammons Student Center.

Order of Events – Missouri State vs. Drury
400 Medley Relay
1000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
50 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
– Diving Break (Women’s 1-Meter) –
200 Butterfly
100 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
500 Freestyle
– Diving Break (Men’s 3-Meter) –
200 Breaststroke
400 Freestyle Relay

BEAR TIDBITS

• The Missouri State men debuted at No. 23 in the CSCAA Division I Swimming & Diving rankings on Wednesday (Oct. 24). Despite being a consistent vote-getter in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll, it is just the second time in program history that the Bears have garnered a Top 25 ranking. The Bears were tabbed at No. 22 during the 1990-91 season under former head coach Jack Steck. There have been multiple occasions in which the Bears received votes in the national rankings.
 
• Through two meets, seven different Bears have orchestrated nationally-ranked times in the top 50 including:Paul Le in the 100 back (6th), 200 back (13th) and 50 free (33rd), Vitalii Baryshok in the 100 free (27th) and 200 free (15th), Uvis Kalnins in the 200 free (45th), Yuri Garanito in the 100 back (40th), Isaac Springer (21st) andColin Hill (27th) in the 200 breast, and Chris Carpenter (22nd) and Hill (32nd) in the 400 IM.

• Missouri State also has three top-15 relays including the 400 free (10th), 200 medley (14th) and 400 medley (11th).
• Sophomores Vitalii Baryshok and Paul Le are both undefeated in their respective events this season. Baryshok stayed perfect with back-to-back wins in the 100 and 200 free at the Show-Me Showdown (Oct. 6) and Missouri dual (Oct. 20). Le has won the 50 free twice and picked up a victory in both the 100 and 200 back.

• Le was tabbed Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 24) for his performances against Missouri last weekend. For the second meet in-a-row, the Moore, Okla. native swam in the outside lane for the 50 free and was an outside winner. He currently has the second fastest 50 free time in the MAC. He also posted the MAC’s top time in the 200 back and is ranked 13th nationally in the event.

• Sophomore Suzanne Van Rensburg was named Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 23) following her outing against Mizzou. Van Rensburg won the 1000 free (10:31.83) and then dropped five seconds from her previous season best in the 500 free (5:08.55) to finish in a close second. She currently has the second fastest 1000 free time in the MVC and is ranked third among conference swimmers in the 500 free.
• Missouri State has two women in the top 100. Junior Anna Ahlin made the list in the 200 back (80th), while junior Renata Sander ranks 54th in the 100 breast and 91st in the 200 breast.
• The Drury men won their eighth consecutive NCAA Division II national championship in 2012 and the Panther women were runners up, continuing their streak of finishing first or second each year since 1997.

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