Tigers top Truman State

Sunday, November 2, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:16 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The list above the starting blocks at University Natatorium will soon be changed. The posting of pool records will soon bear a new name for the 200-yard breaststroke.

Missouri’s Matt North, a junior, set the pool record Friday, finishing in 2 minutes, 3.14 seconds. He beat the record of 2:05.3 Iowa’s Chris Brunson set in 2002.

North and Missouri’s men’s team defeated Truman State 127-78, and the Missouri women beat Truman State, the defending Division II national champion, 126-78.

The Tigers’ men (1-1) started slowly, but gradually gained momentum. After the first of two intersession breaks, the Tigers had a 13-point lead.

“A couple of minutes here or there and they would have been back in it,” MU coach Brian Hoffer said. “Our guys were able to hammer down on them and get back in it, and that was very encouraging.”

The Tiger women (3-2) stayed ahead of the Bulldogs the entire meet.

Missouri’s David Darmitzel and Kim Gainey won their first collegiate events. Darmitzel, a sophomore, won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:57.08. Gainey, a freshman, swam the 500-yard freestyle in 5:09.05.

“I’m starting to get into the cycle,” Gainey said. “It’s totally different than high school or anything else I’ve swam. The camaraderie is great. It’s not about you, it’s about the team.”

Seniors Andrea Nigh and Tyler Belanger, each of whom won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, contributed to the victories.

Rebecca Wolfe won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:04.19 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:23.66. Gainey placed second in 10:26.24.

The men’s team won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:25.5) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:27.54).

“The relays were really strong tonight,” Belanger said. “We had a big turn around. We just had to get out there and get fired up.”

The MU women won the 400-yard medley relay in 3:53.36.

“Nobody really stood out (for the women),” Hoffer said. “I think everybody did their job today. I’m happy with what they are doing.”

On Saturday Tigers’ women’s team defeated Kansas 153-147 for its fourth straight win against the Jayhawks.

Freshman Amy Charley picked up her first collegiate victory in the 200-yard individual medley. Lizza Igoe, Kim Gainey and Megan Morford finished 1-2-3 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Wolfe won the 200-yard butterfly, and Liz Schoborg won the 100-yard butterfly. Nicole Frazier got her first win of the year on the 3-meter board.

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