Jayhawks end Tigers’ dominance with home victory

Shannon Hogan’s performance was encouraging for MU.
Sunday, October 30, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:37 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Missouri women’s swimming and diving team’s first away meet of the season wasn’t typical. The Tigers lost at Kansas to end a five-year winning streak against the Jayhawks.

“Kansas is one of those teams you really want to beat,” MU coach Brian Hoffer said. “We just couldn’t do it this year.”

That Friday’s meet was at Kansas could have been a factor in the 175-125 loss.

Shannon Hogan, a junior who assisted the Tigers with her first-place finish in the 50 freestyle and second place finish in the 100 freestyle, felt the pressure of the rivalry.

“It’s a big rivalry,” Hogan said. “I wanted to do anything to help the team.”

Hoffer said Hogan’s progress this season pleases him.

“Shannon Hogan is really starting to come through,” Hoffer said.

MU’s freshmen dominated Kansas in the 1,000 freestyle, with Jill Granger winning the event and Carly Sullivan coming in second.

Granger, who also won the 500 freestyle, led the team with her two wins, comprising half of Missouri’s total wins in the meet.

Despite MU’s loss, Hogan is still proud of her performance in the dual meet. She recognized that the Tigers were in a difficult training cycle right now, and is focusing more on what that training will bring.

“I’m really excited for what’s to come,” Hogan said.

MU was well-represented in the diving portion of the meet, with freshman Kendra Melnychuk winning the 3-meter springboard. Despite her individual win, Melnychuk was only concerned with the team as a whole.

“As much as it’s an individual sport, it’s a team sport as well,” Melnychuk said. “If one of my teammates got first instead, I would have been just as happy.”

That same team attitude is what the Tigers hope to retain when they join the men on Nov. 18, when traveling to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Purdue Invite.

“We’re not diving for ourselves,” Melnychuk said. “We’re diving for Mizzou.”

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