Women Tied for Second at Big 12s

MUTIGERS.COM Tiger freshman Francie Szostak is now a school record-holder following day one action in Austin
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Tiger freshman Francie Szostak is now a school record-holder following day one action in Austin
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Feb. 27, 2008

Results

AUSTIN, Texas - Following an exciting first day of action at the Big 12 Championships, the Mizzou women's swimming and diving team (13-1, 3-1 Big 12) totaled 64 points and now stands in a three-way tie for second with Texas and archrival Kansas behind leader Texas A&M. Although only two events were swum on Wednesday, the Tigers toppled a pair school records.

"What a great way to get things started," Mizzou Head Coach Brian Hoffer said. "I could not be more impressed with the women today, especially our 800 free relay. That was one of the best coaching experiences of my life, and I've been coaching a long time. We are all excited for what's to come in the next three days."

Seniors Taye Patterson, Jill Bastien and Arica Jacinto teamed up with freshman Francie Szostak to get things started in the 200 medley relay. The senior-laded squad combined for a fourth-place time of 1:43.62, good enough for third in school history. Claiming the 10th spot on the all-time MU list with a time of 1:45.11 was the Tiger team of senior Sarah Menefee and juniors Kayla Bowcutt, Allie Bennett and Lori Halvorson.

The Tigers headed into the second and final event of the evening, the 800 free relay, with a fourth-place score of 30. They would not remain in fourth for long, however, thanks to a come-from-behind, multi-record-setting performance by Halvorson, Szostak, sophomore Colleen Gordon and junior Jill Granger. Halvorson came out of the gates with a bang, and a new school record in the 200 free after touching in at 1:48.40. Gordon was up next with another strong split to keep the squad in third behind the Aggies and Longhorns heading into Szostak's third leg. The freshman quickly took over, surpassing the lady `Horn and leaving it to Granger to anchor away with the team in second. Granger never looked back, touching the wall in a runner-up and school record time of 7:11.18. The quartet's mark eclipses the previous school record by more than 11 seconds and puts them in definite contention for Nationals with an NCAA "B" cut time.

 

 

"It's a really exciting feeling," Halvorson said. "When we were up there before the race, we talked about how we wanted to do something that would get the whole team going. After it was over it was great to see everyone's faces and to know that we just pumped up the whole team. The possibility of going to NCAAs makes it all the better. I think everyone's looking forward to more fast swims over the next few days."

Thursday's second day of action at Texas' Jamail Swimming Center is sure to bring continued excitement. Swimming prelims are set to get underway at 10 a.m., with 1-meter diving to follow at 1 p.m. Fans can catch live results on mutigers.com and tape-delayed television coverage on FSN Midwest beginning at 12 p.m.

Thursday's Order of Events:

PRELIMINARIES (10 a.m.)

500 Free

200 IM

50 Free

400 Medley Relay

PRELIMINARIES (1 p.m.)

One-meter Diving (women)

FINALS (6 p.m.)

500 Free

200 IM

50 Free

One-meter Diving (women)

400 Medley Relay

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