COLUMBIA — In spite of sophomore Lisa Nathanson’s career night, the Missouri women’s swimming and diving team fell to Texas 150-93 on Thursday night in its first dual meet of the season.
Nathanson’s 22.75 in the 50-yard freestyle not only won the event, but was quick enough to set the fastest time in the nation in the race. The time, which is one one-hundredth of a second off her best time, beat out Virginia’s Lauren Perdue who held the record at 22.88 going into the meet.
Missouri coach Brian Hoffer said he was pleased with what he saw.
“It’s early in the season, so we’ll have to see if it holds up through the weekend,” Hoffer said. “But it was a great swim.”
Nathanson also stood out in the 100-yard freestyle winning in 50.55, another personal best.
“Her goal is not only to get into the NCAA’s, but to score at them as well,” Hoffer said. “Tonight, she gave me confidence that she can do that.”
The fast times came as a bit of a surprise even to Nathanson.
“Whenever you can have this good of times this early in the season, it’s a very positive thing,” Nathanson said. “It gets me really excited for the rest of the season.”
Despite the loss, the Tigers ended the meet with 17 top-three finishes.
In the 200-yard backstroke Dominique Bouchard won in 1:59.74 and Lauren Lavigna finished second in 2:00.18 in one of the Tigers’ best races of the night. Additionally, the team placed second in the first event of the night, the 200-yard medley relay, barely getting touched out by one one-hundredth of a second.
Thursday night’s meet gave Hoffer a chance to see what his predominately young team was made of.
“We raced one of the best teams in the country, and I am pleased that we had the attitude that we can hang with them,” Hoffer said. “We’ve got two more big meets this weekend, so basically we’ve got to turn around tomorrow and start over again.”
The Tigers are back in the pool at 9 a.m. Friday for the Big 12 Relays at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.