Southern Illinois Women Beat Missouri State For First Time Since 2015 – SwimSwam

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Missouri State vs. Southern Illinois Dual Meet

  • October 1-2, 2021
  • Hammons Student Center, Springfield, Missouri
  • Short course yard (25 yards)
  • Team scores:
    • Missouri State M defeat Southern Illinois M 205.5-145.5
    • Southern Illinois W defeat Missouri State W 187-166

For the primary time in six years, the Southern Illinois girls’s swim workforce defeated Missouri State, edging the Bears out by 26 factors. The males’s workforce, nonetheless, couldn’t earn sufficient factors to defeat Missouri State over the two-day meet.

The males’s groups are members of the Mid-American Conference. At the 2021 convention championships, Missouri State earned second place, with Southern Illinois trailing nearly 100 factors behind for third.

Both girls’s groups are members of the Missouri Valley Conference, and the 2 groups usually maintain the highest spots at convention championships. Last season, Missouri got here off of its seventeenth convention championship in 19 years, and each the pinnacle coach and head diving coach had been named MVC Coaches of the Year. In a preseason ballot released earlier than this meet, Missouri State was favored to win the MVC championships this season. Southern Illinois, although, bested the favorites to win by a slender margin.

Men’s Meet

The Bears solidly defeated the Salukis over Friday and Saturday, with senior Arthur Cury securing the primary win for the workforce within the 200 IM (1:52.47). Cury would later swim a 1:41.31 within the 200 freestyle, out-touching SIU’s Zheng Yang Yeap by .17 seconds.

Another senior, Pawel Krawczyk, edged out teammate Dylan Moffatt to take residence the win within the 500 freestyle. Krawczyk swam the occasion in 4:37.45, whereas sophomore Moffatt took second place with a time of 4:38.83. An eerily related phenomenon performed out simply two occasions later, when Missouri State senior Michael Hampel gained the 100 breaststroke (56.77), adopted by sophomore teammate Nick Schuster simply over a second later (57.94).

The battle between the seniors and the sophomores continued for Missouri State when Krawczyk swam a 1:52.16 200 butterfly to narrowly beat sophomore AJ Huskey (1:53.14). The subsequent day, nonetheless, the sophomores would reign supreme as Moffatt defeated Krawczyk to take residence the 1000 freestyle win with a time of 9:41.16.

Krawczyk would come again later to win the 100 butterfly, swimming a time of 51.21, and Moffatt gained the 400 IM, swimming a time of 4:09.96.

Though the Salukis would in the end lose, they began off sturdy within the males’s 200 freestyle relay, profitable with a time of 1:23.56. The workforce wouldn’t rating a person win, nonetheless, till junior Adam Cernek gained the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.30. 

Terry Yang would win the 100 freestyle for the Salukis with a time of 46.48; it was the junior’s first win within the 100 freestyle in his Southern Illinois profession.

SIU would later take the opposite dash freestyle occasion, the 50, with sophomore Donat Csuvarszki swimming 21.29, adopted intently by teammate and senior Zander Minano swimming 21.38.

The Salukis would spherical out the meet by profitable the 400 freestyle relay with a time of three:03.51. The workforce consisted of Cernek, William Chavez, Czuvarszki, and Yeap.

Women’s meet

SIU bought a giant enhance from its newcomers to help its win in opposition to Missouri State. Freshman Celia Pulido took residence three particular person wins on the meet, together with a 200 backstroke swim of 1:57.56 that broke the varsity file. Pulido additionally gained the 200 IM by about 5 seconds (2:03.63) and the 100 backstroke by three seconds (55.12). 

Another freshman, Ali Robertson, surpassed record-holder and teammate Mima Zaborska to win the 100 breaststroke, and the pair went 1-2 with instances of 1:04.35 and 1:05.29. 

Freshman Jasmine Rau out-touched Missouri State’s Sami Roemer within the 100 butterfly, going 57.01 for the win.

On the diving aspect, one other freshman helped the Salukis with first-place finishes. Farida Moussa scored 233.55 factors on the one-meter, incomes first, and 255.30 on the 3-meter, incomes one other first.

Missouri State started the meet with a win, its 200 freestyle relay workforce swimming a time of 1:35.03. 

Liberty Howell would win the workforce’s first particular person occasion within the 500 freestyle, out-touching teammate Vera Margula with a time of 5:05.38. She would later win a second particular person occasion, the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:53.48.

Graduate scholar Anna Miller took residence first within the dash freestyle occasions, swimming a time of 51.29 within the 100 freestyle and 23.54 within the 50 freestyle. The Bears swept spots 1-4 within the 50 freestyle. 

Another main occasion for the Bears was the 1000 freestyle, and the trio of Margula, Sam Hietpas, and Howell went 1-2-3, all ending inside seven seconds of one another.

Despite a couple of main wins, the Bears weren’t capable of meet up with the Salukis.

“On the women’s side we learned a lot about what we need to be doing and areas for improvements,” head coach Dave Collins said in a press launch on the finish of the second day. “SIU was very good and humbled us a little bit, which we can build on. If we would have performed on day one like we did today it would have been a different outcome. We were slow getting started on Friday and we were playing catch up the rest of the way. It is early, we learned a lot, and I look for us to be much improved in the next meet.”


Missouri State will journey to the TYR Invitational hosted by FIU on October 8 and 9 for its subsequent meet. Southern Illinois will face off in opposition to McKendree on Friday.

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