Feb. 7, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 20th-ranked University of Missouri men's swimming and diving team (10-2, 1-0 Big 12) heads to Springfield, Mo., on Friday to close out its regular season against Drury. Action in the Panthers' Breech Pool is set to get underway at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Tigers are coming off a solid 183-117 victory over Iowa on Jan. 26. The team took 11 of 16 events en route to the home-finale triumph. Two Tiger sophomores claimed a pair of wins on the day, including Martin Cernansky (100 and 200 breast) and Greg DeStephen (1- and 3-meter diving).
Scouting the Panthers
According to CollegeSwimming.com, the Drury men are the nation's best NCAA Division II team. The three-time defending Division II champion Panthers head into Friday's meet with a 2-3 season record. Drury lost to Missouri State, currently ranked No. 4 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com Division I Mid-Major rankings, twice this season and dropped a dual to Mizzou by a score of 90-57 in November. The Panthers easily defeated their other two opponents this year, including a 140-90 victory over the Missouri University of Science and Technology in November and a 154-67 thumping of Truman State on Jan. 26.
The Tigers hold an all-time edge of 25-8 over the Panthers, who they have compiled a 5-2 record against since the turn of the century. Mizzou got the best of Drury in their most recent meeting, a 90-57 victory for the Tigers at this year's Mizzou Dual Challenge.
The Tigers' win over Iowa in January marked the first time in Head Coach Brian Hoffer's 16-year tenure at Mizzou that the Tigers have earned 10 wins in a single season. The closest the men have come to this mark came in 1995-1996, when the Tigers tallied seven wins on the season.