Jan. 18, 2006
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Scouting the field for this weekend
Iowa State will return home to face the Tigers after earning a 168-122 road win over St. Olaf's in Northfield, Minn., on Jan. 13. The Cyclones won 13 of 16 individual events en route to improving their dual record to 3-1. The showdown with Mizzou will mark the first Big 12 action for the Cyclones, who are led by NCAA Zone Diving qualifier Haley Haynes on the boards and senior Kim Rogers, who took first in both the 100 and 200 back against St. Olaf's.
On Saturday, both the Mizzou men and women will be taking on an Iowa squad that will send 11 swimmers into their home pool for the final time in a competitive setting. The Hawkeye men enter the meet with a 2-3 record, including an 0-2 mark in Big Ten competition, while their female counterparts own a 4-3 mark but also stand at 0-2 in their conference. The Iowa men were last in the water at the Ohio State Invitational, where they turned in a sixth-place finish. Freshman Nick Divan finished fifth in the 1650 free in the meet, while older brother Paul, a junior, took seventh in the 200 breast. The Iowa women took on Iowa State on Dec. 9, earning a 156-144 victory in Ames. Senior Kelly Werner led the effort with wins in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 100 fly, while classmate Nancilea Underwood claimed victory on both boards in the diving competition.
The Saturday affair will be a triangular on the women's side, as Illinois joins the fray. The Illini enter the meet with a 4-4 record, including 1-1 in the Big Ten, and will be swimming on short rest as they finished 3rd in the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 15. Junor Barbie Viney and freshman Marissa Clapp earned runner-up finishes for the Illini in the 100 free and 200 breast, respectively. The team hasn't seen dual action since Nov. 11, when it defeated Illinois State by a score of 172-128.
The Last Time Out
The Tigers set seven Missouri State pool records en route to a sweep of in-state rival Missouri State. The team of freshman Lori Halvorson, sophomore Jill Bastien, senior Liz Schoborg and junior Shannon Hogan opened the meet by setting a pool standard in the women's 400 medley relay in a time of 3:51.56. Individual pool records were turned in by freshman Jill Granger in the women's 500 free (4:58.65), Schoborg in the women's 100 fly (57.02), junior Amy Charley in the women's 200 IM (2:07.70), Halvorson in the 100 back while leading off the record-setting women's 400 medley relay (58.56) and senior diver Evan Watters in the men's 1-meter dive (321.53). Hogan, freshman Lauren Cox, Schoborg and Halvorson put an exclamation point on the meet with a pool-record 3:28.99 in the women's 400 free relay.
On the women's side, the Tigers won every event that they didn't swim as exhibition. Senior Liz Schoborg, junior Shannon Hogan, sophomore Jill Bastien and freshman Jill Granger each earned two individual wins on the day.
The men's team got a win from sophomore Brandon Lee in the 1000 free (9:43.79), as well as a victory in the 100 back by Lee's classmate Travis Floyd. Sophomore Bennett Clark dominated the sprint free events, winning the 50 and 100 free with times of 20.94 and 45.91, respectively.
Senior Chris Lukas had a big day for the Tigers, highlighted by a win in the 200 back in a time of 1:50.48. He took second in the 100 back with a time 51.92, then came back after a short rest and captured third in the 50 free with a time of 21.77.
Senior diver Evan Watters won both the 1 and 3-meter boards with scores of 321.53 and 300.45, respectively.
Chasing the Century Mark
After beginning the season with a tie and loss in conference dual action, Mizzou head coach Brian Hoffer continues quest for his 100th career women's dual win. Hoffer has compiled a 98-48-1 women's dual record in his 13-year tenure, meaning that his 100th career win could come as early as Jan. 21, when the Tigers travel to Iowa City, Iowa for duals with Iowa and Illinois.
Tigers Get New School In 800 Free Relay
The oldest record on the Mizzou books - the 24-year-old 800 free relay record - has finally been taken down. The team of sophomore Bennett Clark, freshman Brad Hubbard, sophomore Alex Zasadny and freshman Jake Hoffmann produced a time of 6:41.76 at the Texas Invite to break the record by almost a full second. The former record of 6:42.50 was set in 1981 by Hammergren, Rohlfing, Halliburton and Berg.
Halvorson Makes A Mark
Freshman Lori Halvorson became the most recent member of the freshman class to ascend to the top spot in Mizzou history in an individual event when she turned in a school-record 2:02.97 in the 200 IM at the Texas Invite. She joins classmate Jill Granger, who holds school standards in the 500 and 1000 free, as school-record holder.