advertisement

Missouri swimmers finish strong

Sunday, January 13, 2008 | 12:47 a.m. CST; updated 5:54 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

COLUMBIA — The long-awaited result was worth it for the Missouri swimming teams Saturday. After a computer glitch forced swimmers to wait longer than 30 minutes for the final results of the three-team meet at the Mizzou Rec Center, the No. 19 Tigers men’s team found out it had defeated Missouri State 160.5-139.5, while the women’s team learned it had split, beating Missouri State 210-71, but losing to Arkansas 133-131.

The men were down by as many as 16 points two-thirds of the way through the meet, but turned the outcome in their favor with a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle. They were also helped with two victories by sophomore Martin Cernansky in the breaststroke events. In both races, Cernansky trailed at the halfway point but used a strong second half to win.

“In practices, I always focus on the second half of the race,” he said.

Missouri coach Brian Hoffer said he was not surprised by the men’s team’s late surge.

“We feel like we’re a better second half team,” he said. “Missouri State seems to find a way to win events, but we’ve worked our depth.”

On the women’s side, senior Taye Patterson won the 100 backstroke and the 50 freestyle.

“I got really pumped up when I saw how close the meet was going to be,” she said.

Going into the women’s 200 freestyle relay, the meet’s final event, the score was uncertain but the No. 18 Tigers knew they needed to win. Patterson was joined by junior Lauren Cox, freshman Francie Szostak and sophomore Colleen Gordon. Missouri and Arkansas were even at the halfway point, but Szostak put the Tigers in the lead during the third leg. Gordon, anchoring, finished a full body-length ahead of Arkansas.

“It was probably the most fun I’ve had on a relay this year,” Gordon said. “We keep saying that this is the best year we’ve ever had. The team atmosphere inside practice is really positive.”

Patterson agreed. “As a team we’re a lot closer,” she said. “We went from being unranked, to the best we’ve ever been ranked.”

Despite the slim loss to Arkansas at home, Hoffer echoed his swimmers’ positive outlook.

“I hate to lose, but we’re right where we need to be.”


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

gg milota January 13, 2008 | 3:26 p.m.

great article

(Report Comment)

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements