Oct. 2, 2010
Columbia, Mo. - Both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams cruised to victory in the Show-Me-Showdown, the home and season opener for the squad.
The men totaled 670.5 points, winning 11 events, while the women scored 700 points with 7 first place finishes en route to a win over five other Missouri schools.
It didn't take the Tigers long to claim victory in the first session. In the women's 100 breast, the third event of the day, junior Emy DiBenigno and sophomore Rachel Ripley finished 1-2 ahead of several other Mizzou swimmers, posting times of 1:05.09 and 1:05.66.
In an event that featured an abundance of Tiger swimmers, sophomores Dominique Bouchard and Cassie Cunningham claimed another 1-2 victory, as they closed out the 100 back with times of 56.36 and 58.42. Bouchard and Cunningham were two of six Mizzou swimmers competing in the top heat.
The men opened session one with a trip to the record books. In the 200 free, the first event of the session, the relay team of Simunic, Melin, Conroy, and Hawley swam easily to first place, and their time of 1:23.65 stands fourth all-time at Mizzou.
Sophomore Michael Lopresti placed first in the very next event, posting a time of 57.45 in the 100 breast. Senior Roko Simunic earned his first individual victory of the meet with a 49.37 in the 100 back, while sophomore John Higgins came in second with a 52.75.
In the 100 free, senior captain Jordan Hawley claimed first with a time of 46.56, easily outstripping the competition. The 500 free proved to be one of the most intense races of the session, as Spenser Lauver swam to second place with a time of 4:38.39, only .07 seconds behind the first-place finisher.
The men closed out session one in much the same way they began, with an easy relay victory in the 200 medley. The team of Simunic, Lopresti, Melin, and Hawley posted a 1:31.91 for the win.
In the second session, the Mizzou women picked up where they left off with a 1-2 win in the 400 free relay. The team of Nathanson, Schaefer, Rovig, and Szostak took first with a time of 3:31.27, and Bouchard, Ripley, Menu Courey, and Cunningham placed second with a time of 3:33.52.
The women then swept the top four spots in the 50 back. Cassie Cunningham placed first (26.66), Dominique Bouchard took second (27.74), Francie Szostak placed third (28.06) and Andrea Marko took fourth (28.30).
Bouchard clinched another victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.39. In the diving well, Loren Figueroa took first place in the 1-meter dive with a total of 287.70 points.
The women closed with another relay victory, this time in the 400 medley. Bouchard, Dibenigno, Spivak, and Szostak finished with a time of 3:56.85.
The men found success in the second session as well. They, too, began with a victory in the 400 free relay. Melin, Simunic, Hendricks, and Hawley finished first with a time of 3:06.76.
Simunic and Higgins then finished the 50 back 1-2, with times of 23.28 and 24.55. Conroy and Lopresti did the same in the 50 breast, finishing in first and second with times of 26.60 and 26.64. The next event saw yet another Mizzou 1-2 finish, as Simunic and Hawley finished with times of 21.20 and 21.32 in the 50 free.
In the diving well, Dante Jones placed first in 1-meter diving, with a total score of 365.95.
The men finished the day with a victory in the 400 medley relay, as Simunic, Martin, Dorak and Hawley finished with a time of 3:26.44.
It is the sixth consecutive year that the women have won the Showdown, and the fifth time in six years for the men. The Tigers next compete against Southern Illinois and Kentucky on Oct. 16 in Carbondale, Ill.
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Men's Final Standings 1. University of Missouri 670.5 2. Drury University 548.5 3. Lindenwood University 463 4. Missouri S&T 422 5. Saint Louis 347 6. Washington University 309
Women's Final Standings 1. University of Missouri 700 2. Drury University 526 3. Saint Louis 500 4. Washington University 425 5. Lindenwood University 352
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