Dec. 1, 2011
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri women's team got off to an excellent start on the first day of the Mizzou Invitational. Mizzou hosted women's teams from Drury University, the University of Kansas, Boise State University, Saint Louis University, the University of North Dakota, the University of North Texas, and the University of California-Davis. After day one, the Missouri women's team is in first place with 695.5 points.
The Tigers started the meet with a bang with the relay team of Shara Stafford, Cassie Cunningham, Lisa Nathanson, and Emily Doucette taking the first place spot with a time of 1:29.48 in the 200 yard freestyle relay finals. Not only do they break the Missouri All-Time record in that event but the team also met the NCAA qualifying B standard.
Missouri's success continued with a second place finish by Stephanie Rovig in the 500 yard freestyle finals with a time of 4:48.54, shaving almost six seconds off her preliminary time.
A first place finish by Stafford shattered the Missouri All-Time record in the 100 yard butterfly with a first place finish in 52.44, meeting the NCAA qualifying B standard. Stafford broke another Missouri All-Time record in the 50 yard freestyle placing first in 22.25, while Cunningham came in second with an excellent time of 22.72. Both swimmers met the NCAA qualifying B standard.
The Tiger's dominated 200 yard IM, sweeping the top three spots. Emy DiBenigno took the first place spot with a time of 2:00.41, with Dominique Bouchard taking second in 2:00.59. Rachel Ripley placed third in the event with a time of 2:00.61. All three swimmers meet the NCAA qualify B standard for the 200 yard IM.
The women's team raced to a strong finish with a first place win in the 400 yard medley relay. The team of Bouchard, DiBenigno, Cunningham, and Stafford notched a time of 3:38.09 for the top spot.
Missouri swept the top three for the second time of the evening in the 3 mtr diving event. Jordan Morcom placed first with an excellent score of 332.40 points, while Sharon Finn placed second with 314.65 points, and Christina Gailey placed third with 286.50 points. Morcom's and Finn's scores surpass the NCAA 3 mtr diving qualifying standard.