Oct. 19, 2007
AMES, Iowa - The Missouri women's swimming and diving team totaled 67 points for a third-place finish at Friday's annual Big 12 Relays. The Tiger men also claimed third at the event with a score of 76 points.
"The Relays are always a lot of fun and a good way for us to get our season going," said Missouri Head Coach Brian Hoffer. "The event is a nice change of pace from all the duals we will be racing in this season. The team also enjoyed the `old school' atmosphere of Beyer Pool, which is a lot like our old natatorium."
The Mizzou women tallied 10 top-three finishes in the pool Friday. In addition to the team's nine third-place showings, the Tigers' 800 free relay squad of freshmen Francie Szostak and Lauren Lavigna, sophomore Colleen Gordon and junior Lori Halvorson combined for a runner-up finish in the race.
In the diving well, the Mizzou `A' team of junior Kendra Melnychuk and freshman Abby Zepeda continued their strong early season diving by combining for runner-up scores in both the 1- and 3-meter diving relay events. Melnychuk was also a winner in Friday's Diving Shootout, which was scored separately from the diving relay competitions.
On the men's side, the Tigers' lone relay win on the day came when sophomore Joe Wiedemeier, freshman Jordan Hawley, junior Gilad Kaufman and senior Lex Howard combined for gold in the 100 free relay in a time of 41.37.
The men also raced to three runner-up finishes on the day. In the 1500 free relay, sophomore Dylan Lynn
, freshman Spenser Lauver
and redshirt freshman Cameron Sellers
raced to the win in a time of 14:15.25. Lynn also combined with junior Bryan Difford
and classmate Martin Cernansky
to take second in the 800 medley IM relay in a time of 8:13.73.
A trio of seniors in Travis Floyd, Joe Wilson and Lex Howard joined in the fun and earned runner-up honors in the 150 back relay in a time of 1:11.68.
The Tigers faired well in the diving well on Friday. The Mizzou `A' team of senior David Boyko and freshman Dante Jones dove to second place in the 1-meter diving relay competition. On the 3-meter board, the Mizzou `B' squad of Jones and sophomore Ryan Meeker put on another runner-up performance for the Tigers. Mizzou's `A' relay team of Boyko and sophomore Greg DeStephen took the third spot in the event.
In the men's portion of the day's Diving Shootout, Jones followed Melnychuk's lead and took the win.
The women will be back in action Saturday at 10 a.m. when they take on Texas A&M in Iowa State's Beyer Pool.