February 6, 1999
COLUMBIA, Mo.- Throw the notion that Drury College is a Division II school right out the window. On Saturday afternoon, the Missouri women defeated a game Panther squad by a score of 140-103. The Mizzou men knew that they would have their work cut out for them and they did. The Division II nations No. 1 sunk the Tigers for the second time this year by a score of 174-123. The meet was the final regular season tune-up for both Missouri squads as they now prepare for the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Tex.
The women were led by freshman Molly Vetter who won both the 1000 and 200 freestyle events. Vetter's time in the 1000 was 10 minutes, 22.66 seconds, good enough to outlast fellow frosh and teammate Katie Mae Fields who placed second in a time of 10 minutes, 24.07 seconds.
Vetter came right back to win the 200 free in a time of 1 minute, 53.99 seconds. Cristina Souza took third place for Mizzou while Fields placed fourth. Souza would later win the 200 butterfly in a time of 2 minutes, 8.94 seconds.
The Tigers also received victories by Tawney Larm in the 200 individual medley and senior Cortney Coats on the three-meter diving board. Missouri also got a big effort in the 50 freestyle with Jeanna Willi, Tara Brooks and Kim Lambert taking second, third and fourth places respectively.
The Missouri men gave a great effort, but it wasn't enough against the powerful Drury team. The Tigers got off to a good start as seniors Chris Peters, Mike Miller, Ryan Ruddy and Dave Kinsella stepped up to win the 200 medley relay in a time of 1 minute, 33.37 seconds.
With the Tigers trailing after three events 29-24, Mizzou got a real shot in the arm from freshman Andy Cole. Cole won the 100 backstroke, his first career victory, in a time of 51.05 seconds, the third fastest time in school history. The Tigers' Chris Peters and James Herrick took third and fourth in the event to give Missouri a 38-33 lead.
Missouri increased their lead in the next event to 51-39 as Aaron Lo and Mike Tucker took first and second place in the 100 breaststroke. Missouri would have a 57-51 advantage after six events, but then the Panthers began to flex their muscles. Drury went 1-2-3 in the 50 freestyle and first and second place on the one-meter diving board and take an 80-65 lead.
Missouri picked up wins by Mike Miller in the 100 butterfly and Brad Duggan on the three-meter diving board, but it would not be near enough.