Nov. 7, 2009 – The Bulldog swimming teams split a dual meet with Division I Missouri State University on Saturday.The women were 69-53 winners over the Bears while the men fell 92-30.
“Winning the first relay set the tone of the meet for the women,” said Head Coach Mark Gole.“Following that race, we took first and second in the 200 free to help build the momentum.The first and second in the 100 breast was unexpected and the first and second in the 50 free was exactly what the women needed to finish the meet on top.”
The 400 medley relay that put the Bulldog ahead just missed an A-Cut time.Stacey Wymer, Emily Buss, Tanya Slyvester and Kate Aherne edged out the MissouriState’s team 3:55.65 to 3:56.76.
Aherne would later claim an A-Cut time in the 200 IM and B-Cut time in the 200 free with another first place finish.
The women had six B-Cut times in the dual with MissouriState.
“Jessica Jenkot was the unsung hero of the women’s team,” said Gole.“She swam a lifetime best time in the 100 breast to win the event from lane six and a few minutes later got second in the 50 free to her teammate.She then played a big roll in winning the 400 free relay in the final event of the meet.”
Jerod Simek picked up the men’s only B-Cut time as he took a close second in the 1000 freestyle event.Simek touched the wall in 9:44.92, just a tenth behind MissouriState’s Niklas Gustafsson.
“Even though it was extremely tough competition for the men, they responded extremely well,” said Gole.“We had huge swims across the board with Simek’s swim in the 1000 free and freshman Tony Hernadnez delivering the first win for the team in the 100 breast.Freshman Matt Fletcher also came up big with a win in the 200 IM.”
Truman will compete in their biggest fall event in two weeks as they will head to Iowa City for the University of Iowa Invitational.The three day event will begin on Friday, Nov. 20 and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 22nd.