Feb. 5, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - On an exciting Saturday for Mizzou sports, the women's swimming and diving team pulled off a win against Drury University in Springfield. The Tigers routed the Panthers in convincing fashion, accumulating 161 points against Drury's 69 points and setting 10 Breech Pool records in the process.
The Tigers placed two teams in top three finishes in the first event of the afternoon, the 400 Yard Medley Relay. The team of Dominique Bouchard, Amanda Masters, Cassie Cunningham, and Rachel Ripley broke the Breech pool record with a time of 3:43.71 for first place while the team of Kellie Barbiea, Liza Poskin, Lexi Spivak, and Tasha Truscott finished third in 3:52.88.
Two Missouri women finished in the top three in the next event as well, the 1000 Yard Freestyle. Stephanie Rovig took the first place spot in 10:01.66, which set a new pool mark, and Leah Cowperthwaite finished third in 10:35.36. Rovig continued her winning streak and set her second pool record of the day with a first place finish in the 500 Yard Freestyle in 4:51.70.
In the 200 Yard Freestyle, Mizzou swimmers dominated the top three spots. Ashley Paterson set her own pool record as she finished first in 1:50.44, while Brigete Selbert took second in 1:51.30, and Bouchard swam for a time of 1:52.66 and a third place finish. Missouri also swept the top three places in the 50 Yard Freestyle. Shara Stafford set her first of three pool records as she raced to first in 22.94, closely followed by Lisa Nathanson in second with a time of 23.30, and Emily Doucette in third in 23.37. Stafford's second pool record came in the 50 free, where she finished in first with a time of 50.28.
In the 200 Yard IM and the 200 Yard Butterfly, Missouri took the top three spots again. In the IM, Ripley finished first in a pool record time of 2:04.41, while Danielle Spardlin placed second in 2:06.67, followed by Masters in third with 2:07.57. In the Butterfly event, Truscott finished first in 2:04.63, with Bouchard in second in 2:06.68, and Spivak finishing third in 2:06.68.
The Tigers had a handful of first place finishes towards the end of the meet, cushioning their point's total. Stafford dominated the competition and finished first in the 200 Yard Backstroke in 1:55.48, her third pool record of the compettion, over 13 seconds faster then Drury's Molly Brown who finished second. Emy DiBenigno also picked up a pool record in the 200 Yard Breaststroke, notching a time of 2:14.68 to finish first.
In the final event of the meet, the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, the relay team of Stafford, Rovig, Nathanson, and Cunningham set another pool record as they swam to a first place finish in 3:23.84.
Mizzou saw success in the diving pool as well. In the 1 mtr Diving event, Sharon Finn finished first with 307.43 points. In the 3 mtr Diving event, the Tigers kept up with the trend of sweeping the top three spots. Jordan Morcom finished first with 327.38 points, while Christina Gailey placed second with 295.35 points, and Lauren Callin was third with 266.93 points.
The Tigers next host the Mizzou Grand Prix on February 10-12 at Mizzou Aquatic Center. Check back at Mutigers.com for more updates on Missouri Swimming and Diving.