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Texas A&M too fast for Missouri swimming

Saturday, October 17, 2009 | 6:37 p.m. CDT; updated 4:11 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 18, 2009
Freshman Amanda Masters swims the 100-yard breaststroke against Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in the Mizzou Aquatics Center. Masters placed fourth in that event.

COLUMBIA — For the third consecutive day, the Tigers were in competition at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Texas A&M held off Missouri, winning 171-129.

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Head Coach Brian Hoffer saw the three consecutive meets as a chance to get the feel for what the Conference meet would be like.

“When we get into conference championships it’s a three-day prelim final and [this weekend] was that same kind of thing,” Hoffer said. "Mentally you have to grasp it and physically as well. Sometimes they need to know why we do all the training we do, and when we get out of a weekend like this, they’re like 'All right I get it' and that is encouraging.”

Being a freshman, Dominique Bouchard believed the environment helped her get through her first experiences with dual meets at the college level.

“With everybody cheering and the crowd really into it helped keep it fun,” Bouchard said. “I didn’t hear one negative this whole weekend. Everybody stayed positive, and it really helped get through these really tough three days.”

One of the positives that junior Lauren Lavigna saw was the level Mizzou swam at against two teams in the Top 10 in the country.

“They didn’t crush us by any means,” Lavigna said. “We are trying to get closer to Texas A&M and Texas and distance ourselves from Kansas and Iowa State and Nebraska. I think we are doing that.”

Bouchard also saw the consecutive meets as a great learning experience.

“It definitely has helped. I had four-day meets back in Canada, but I haven’t done something like this, where you race every twenty minutes,” Bouchard said. “These meets will help us learn to warm-up and warm-down in between races and judge your times.”

The Tigers finished their second dual meet of the season with seven first place finishes.

Freestyle and Backstroke headlined the Tigers’ successes Saturday morning.

Bouchard and Lavigna went one,two in the 200-yard backstroke finishing with times of 1:59.28 and 2:00.51. Bouchard and also recorded a third place finish in the 100 backstroke.

Lisa Nathanson, sophomore, continued her dominance, winning the 50-yard freestyle for the second consecutive dual meet with a time of 23.05. Nathanson also contributed to the first place in the final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, which consisted of Cassie Cunningham, Kim Jasmer, and Francie Szostak as well.

Additionally, Jasmer placed first in the 200 free, while senior Colleen Gordon grabbed first in the 100 butterfly.

Coach Hoffer didn’t see the meet as just a loss.

“Swimming is about times too and our times were pretty fast,” Hoffer said. “This is the best we have ever started this early in the year.

After a grueling weekend, the Tigers take a week off and return to competition when they travel to Lawrence to face Kansas on Oct. 30th at 6 p.m.

 


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