Missouri swimmers cruise in new coach's debut

Saturday, October 2, 2010 | 9:57 p.m. CDT; updated 6:17 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 3, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Missouri swimming and diving teams won their season-opening Show-Me Showdown on Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, which was also new coach Greg Rhodenbaugh's debut.

Rhodenbaugh was an assistant coach for the University of Arizona for 10 years before coming to Missouri to take over for the Tigers.

“I’m looking forward to building up this team. It has a good foundation, but I want to get it to a level that it hasn’t been at, which is exciting,” Rhodenbaugh said.

The Tiger's women's team scored 700 points to outdistance Drury, which had 526, St. Louis University (500), Washington University (425) and Lindenwood (352).

Missouri's Cassie Cunningham won the 50-yard backstroke in 26.66 seconds, and Dominique Bouchard won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.39. The Tigers' 400-yard medley relay team also claimed a first-place finish in 3:56.85.

Missouri's men's team scored 670.5 points, ahead of Drury (548.5), Lindenwood (463), Missouri Science and Technology (422), St. Louis (347) and Washington (309).

Roko Simunic claimed a pair of victories with firsts in the 50-yard backstroke (23.28) and 50 freestyle (21.20). Mark Conroy won the 50-yard breaststroke in 26.60.

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