Missouri swimming and diving shines at Show-Me Showdown

Both the men and the women took first place at the meet.
Senior diver Abby Zepeda flips off the diving board Saturday morning at the Student Recreation Complex during the Show-Me Showdown. The MU swimming and diving team took first place in the showdown over other Missouri schools.

Relays were the word when the Missouri swimming and diving team hosted St. Louis University, Drury University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Washington University and Lindenwood University on Saturday. Tiger relays claimed the number one finish in every single relay in both the men and women’s meets.

“We just went out and raced,” senior captain Jordan Hawley said. “Drury had some great teams, but we managed to pull out the win.”

Missouri started out the day at the sixth annual Show-Me Showdown with finishes of first, second, fourth and fifth in the Women’s 200 Free Relay. They finished in first place with a time of 1 minute 36 seconds.

The men’s team placed in first, fifth and sixth. The first place finish was recorded with a time of 1 minute 23.65 seconds. Senior captains Jordan Hawley and Anders Melin anchored the team.

“I was pleased with the effort we put forth today,” Melin said. “We could’ve been a bit faster, but you can’t be unhappy with a win.”

In terms of individual races, the team placed first in seven out of 10 races. In the men’s 100-yard freestyle, Hawley took first.

“I think I did well,” Hawley said. “I put up a solid first showing. We all need to iron out our mistakes, but in terms of individual events, this team is better than it has ever been before.”

The team put up a strong showing in the breaststroke, winning both the men and women’s 100-yard events. Junior Emy DiBenigno took first place for the women and junior Michael Lopresti took the crown for the men.

Missouri didn’t place in either men’s or women’s three meter diving events. St. Louis University dominated both events.

“Our diving team is one of the best in the nation,” coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said. “We just had some tough competition today. Coach Jamie Sweeney is great. He really makes them compete as a team.”

Overall, Rhodenbaugh was pleased with the effort Missouri put forth.

“We fought hard,” he said. “We were very tired because we swam a lot in the Intersquad meet yesterday. We haven’t done much other than get into shape, so we will go back to the drawing board and work on our mechanics. I think we could turn a bit faster.”

The meet ended with the men’s 200 Medley Relay, which the Tigers won by about two seconds.

Missouri won the meet on both the men and women’s sides. The women won by a landslide. Their final point total was 700, whereas the next closest was Drury University with 526. The men won by almost as big of a margin with 670.5 points. The second place finisher was Drury University with 548.5.

Missouri will continue its season Oct. 16 in Carbondale, Ill.

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