Missouri women's swimming defeats Arkansas

Saturday, January 16, 2010 | 4:54 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA - With 12 wins on the day, the 25th-ranked Missouri women’s swimming and diving teams defeated No. 18 Arkansas 177-118 Saturday  at the Mizzou Aquatics Center.
“Sometimes you never know how a meet is going to go, and when I saw how many points we had after the break, I knew we were in a very good position to succeed.” Missouri coach Brian Hoffer said.
 The Tigers took all three top spots in the 100 back, led by Lauren Lavigna who finished first in 56 seconds. Dominique Bouchard took second in 56.12 seconds, while Cassie Cunningham finished third in 56.67 seconds.
Colleen Gordon took home the 1000 free title. She also won the 200 butterfly in 2:00.99,  fifth all-time in school history. Gordon won her third title of the day, finishing first in the 100 butterfly.
The Tigers swept the top two spots in the 200 free, with Kim Jasmer finishing first in 1:48.67, and Francie Szostak second.
Later in the day, Jasmer went on to take the 500-freestyle title.
Lisa Nathanson and Cassie Cunningham finished in first and second in the 50 freestyle. Nathanson also won the 100 free 50.41 seconds. Stephanie Rovig finished second in 42.14 seconds.
Bouchard took home the 200 backstroke title in 1:58.49, with Lavigna finishing second to give the Tigers another one-two finish.
Jordan Morcom finished first in the 1-meter dive competition, taking the top spot with 283.60 points. Sharon Finn finished second with 251.75 points. Morcom then took the 3-meter dive.
After overcoming a bit of a slow start, the women’s 200 medley relay team stormed back to take the top spot in the race, with the team of Cunningham, McCleery, Jasmer, and Nathanson finishing in 1:42.71, the fourth fastest time in school history.
McCleery finished second in the 100 breast, clocking in at 1:03.66, with Rachel Ripley finishing third in 1:04.11.
The Missouri women’s swimming and diving team will head to Ames, Iowa to face-off with Iowa State next Saturday afternoon.

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