Oct. 25, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri women's swimming and diving team travels to Lawrence, Kan., Friday for a Border Showdown contest with archrival Kansas. Friday's dual will kick off at 6 p.m. in the Jayhawks' Robinson Natatorium and is worth 1.5 points in the 2007-08 Border Showdown series.
Last Year's Matchup
Mizzou roared to a 187-111 win when they hosted Kansas at the MAC last October. Mizzou claimed victories in the first eight events and 13 of 16 overall en route to their sixth win in seven years against the Jayhawks. This marked the largest margin of victory by either school in the 24-meet history, which dates back to 1977.
Last Week's Matchup
Mizzou charged hard against now-No. 6 Texas A&M last weekend, but fell to the Aggies by a score of 158-116. The Tigers captured wins in four events in the dual. Junior Kendra Melnychuk earned top honors on both the 1- and 3-meter boards to highlight women's action in the diving well, while senior Jill Bastien and sophomore Colleen Gordon claimed victories in the 100 breast and 500 free, respectively.
Good Goin' Ladies
The Tigers were rewarded for their early season success with a No. 20 ranking in the initial College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll released on Tuesday. The team's Top 20 ranking is as high a ranking as the program has ever received. The Tigers did not enter the CSCAA Top 25 until Nov. 2 last season, when they received a No. 25 ranking. They also ended the dual season at No. 25.
And the Winner Is...
Kendra Melnychuk. The Canadian was crowned Big 12 Diver of the Week for the third time of her career on Wednesday. In addition to her two wins against Texas A&M, Melnychuk opened the season with a victory in the 3-meter diving competition against Big Ten power Indiana and returned the following day for another win on the 3-meter board at the Show Me Showdown. Melnychuk also qualified for NCAA Zones with her performances at the Showdown. The junior now owns four individual wins to her name in 2007-08.
Make It Two
Jill Bastien recorded her second win of the young season in the 100 breast against Texas A&M on Saturday. The St. Louis native picked up her first win in the event in Oct. 13's Show Me Showdown. Bastien has earned runner-up honors in both 200 breast races she has swam in this season.
One must now use two hands when counting Colleen Gordon's victories this season. The Texan added a sixth win to her season's impressive individual win collection when she triumphed in the 500 free against Texas A&M on Saturday. She was the only swimmer to go under five minutes in the event.
Continuing The "Two" Theme...
Freshman Abby Zepeda continued to impress in the diving well last weekend when she displayed a third-place performance on the 1-meter board against Texas A&M. This was the second top-three finish of the season for the Scottsdale, Ariz. native.
Canadians' Win Count = 10
Order of Events for Friday's Dual
200 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay