KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Olympic Sports Olympic Sports en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:02:16 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Young Missouri speed skater has eyes set on Olympics http://www.komu.com/news/young-missouri-speed-skater-has-eyes-set-on-olympics/ http://www.komu.com/news/young-missouri-speed-skater-has-eyes-set-on-olympics/ Olympic Sports Sun, 6 Dec 2015 4:42:39 PM Abby Rice, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Young Missouri speed skater has eyes set on Olympics

JEFFERSON CITY - Anna Quinn feels at home on the ice. 

"It's my happy place I would say," she said.

Just a year after placing third at nationals, the St. Louis teenager and short track speed skater has her sights set on making the Junior World Team. 

"I grew up on the rink, so I was a rink rat as they say," Quinn said. "I just started loving it and I started skating and now I do it everyday." 

Anna said she also has Olympic dreams, but she is focusing on one meet at a time.  

"Right now, my goal is just to make the Junior World Team which is kind of big for kids under 18," she said. 

Anna's older brother, Ian, is skating in the World Cup circuit for the U.S. National Team. However, Anna's dad, Dan Quinn, prefers a seat in the stands. 

"No, I can't hardly stand on the things [skates]," Dan Quinn said. "This is their sport. I wanted runners and golfers and I got skaters. You go where they take you." 

Dan Quinn's children have taken him all across the country with speed skating. He said he has spent the last fifteen years carting his kids to speed skating practices, meets and camps. 

"A lot of time, but a lot of time with your kids, so even if they don't go anywhere, the special part about traveling to meets is that you get one-on-one with your kids," Quinn said. "They unplug the headphones and eventually they have to talk."

Dan Quinn also works as the president for the Missouri Speedskating Association. Dan said spending the time with his kids is the special part of speed skating for him.

"You have dinners together," Quinn said. "You share hotel rooms together, so that makes it fun."

Dan said he does get a little nervous watching his kids speed around the rink.

"When they're little, it's okay, but as a parent when they get older and start going faster,  you're on the edge of your seat," he said. 

However, Dan said watching his kids grow up on the ice is priceless. 

"Then to watch the commitment as they get better and go from somebody that's rough and failing to somebody that's very smooth and skilled," he said. "It's a neat transition to watch as a parent."



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TARGET 8: Boone Hospital ICU nurses voice concerns over staffing http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-boone-hospital-icu-nurses-voice-concerns-over-staffing/ http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-boone-hospital-icu-nurses-voice-concerns-over-staffing/ Olympic Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 8:04:10 PM Alyssa Casares, KOMU 8 Reporter TARGET 8: Boone Hospital ICU nurses voice concerns over staffing

COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital said it's aware the number of currently employed intensive care unit nurses is not enough.

Below are statements from three ICU nurses who have, or still, work in Boone Hospital's intensive care unit. KOMU 8 News will not name the sources to protect employee identification.

“We see our doctors leaving, we see our nurses leaving and it’s just like, this is bad," one nurse said. "I’m going to lose my license.”

An ICU nurse showed KOMU 8 News an email from Boone Hospital's Chief Nurse Officer sent on Oct. 2. It said in part, "I will be transparent that I am very concerned about the 'health' of the ICU. We have some work to do to make improvements and you have my full commitment to ensuring that the environment becomes stabilized."

KOMU 8 News talked to ICU nurses who said this email comes after months of what they call "understaffing."

“I get two texts every single day. Two texts, every day. Every day telling me that they’re short staffed,” one nurse said.

Another said, “It got to the point that you had to keep your phone on vibrate because you were constantly getting phone calls or text messages for bonus or double bonus. They were always blowing up our phones. And when it gets to the point where you’re offering triple bonus, and you still can’t get people to get in, that’s saying something.”

KOMU 8 News has seen some of the text messages sent by the hospital. 

The nurses said the hospital didn't always have staffing problems, and the shortages are a more recent problem.

"Within the last two years or so I feel like the environment has changed," one said. "Staffing has changed to the point where nurses are taking patients loads that far exceed what we're capable of doing. Then the care that we give people isn't adequate. Both patients, I feel, are in an unsafe environment as well as nurses."

The nurses said employees dread going in to work because of staff numbers.

“You would walk in, or before you even came in, you just knew it was going to be a bad shift," one said. "You were never going to be staffed correctly."

The nurses said the shortage means ICU nurses are staffed with more patients than they believe is safe. One of the nurses said they believe the staff to patient ratio should be 1:2.

“In a perfect world, our census, our staffing ratio should be one nurse to two patients. That’s across the board. That’s an ICU thing. That’s safety. I don’t think that there’s ever a situation or instance where an ICU nurse should have three patients. I mean I’ve had days where I’ve had two intubated patients and then another one who was “stable.” Stable is a relative term. They’re not in the ICU for no reason.”

The nurse said when there are not enough people working in the ICU, patients do not receive the care they deserve.

“If you can’t do everything that you’re supposed to do, for instance, ventilator-associated pneumonia, one of the biggest things you can do to prevent it is to do really good oral care. I can tell you that is something that goes out the window. When you are so busy and you’re trying to take care of three different people and keep everything straight and keep everybody alive, maybe I’m not cleaning out their mouths as good as I’m supposed to.”

Other instances the nurses described include physical injuries and other risks.

"We have had patients fall for sure," one nurse said. "They'd like hit their head. We've had patients pull things out, patients fall."

The nurses also said, because of a high turnover rate, Boone Hospital has a lot of inexperienced nurses on the ICU floor.

“You have nurses who didn’t have the training taking care of patients that they weren’t supposed to be," one nurse said. "Patients being doubled or tripled that didn’t need to be. It was just scary. Every time you went in you thought you were going to lose your license.”

The nurses said patients and their families have noticed the shortage as well.

“When you come to the ICU it’s always going to be the worst day of your life," one said. "There are going to be disgruntled family members who feel like they’re not getting the attention that they need, but it’s kind of funny when family members ask you how many patients you have that day, because they see you buzzing around the whole hallway like a bat out of hell.”

One of the nurses told KOMU 8 News the ICU administration is open to talking about what they call the shortage of nurses on the ICU floor. The nurse said, in a recent meeting, administration told employees Boone Hospital's ICU nurse turnover rate is 25 percent, almost 10 percent higher than the national average turnover rate for critical care nurses. 


"The reason for those meetings were to gauge what's going on, why people are leaving, and it all boils down to staffing," one nurse said. "Everybody is very unhappy with the way we are staffed in the sense that typically ICU nurses should only take care of two patients at a time. And it becomes more and more frequent that we take care of three at a time, and that's completely unsafe."

"I think that's ridiculous," another said. "I think if you're paying people right and you're staffing them appropriately, then you shouldn't have a 25 percent turnover rate."

Nursing association weighs in on ratios

Rebecca McClanahan is the president of the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA) and said Missouri has complex rules and regulations for hospitals.

Missouri's revised statute § 197.289 says:

"1. All hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers shall develop and implement a methodology which ensures adequate nurse staffing that will meet the needs of patients. At a minimum, there shall be on duty at all times a sufficient number of licensed registered nurses to provide patient care requiring the judgment and skills of a licensed registered nurse and to oversee the activities of all nursing personnel.

2. There shall be sufficient licensed and ancillary nursing personnel on duty on each nursing unit to meet the needs of each patient in accordance with accepted standards of quality patient care."

"The license processor for hospitals does require hospitals to present a staffing plan and say 'this is our plan about how we're going to use nurses in our facility,'" McClanahan said.

She said, although some nurses think the state should have a nurse to patient ratio in place, MONA believes hospitals should staff depending on nurse capability, experience and patient need.

"There's a tendency in rules and regulations or sometimes people purpose the solution to say 'this is how many nurses there should be for this many patients,'" McClanahan said. "We believe that is the wrong approach, and it's inadequate because every situation with a group of patients is very different."

National Nurses United is lobbying for what it calls a safe patient ratio, supporting bills in the House and Senate.

Missouri nurse Cathy Stephenson, an RN from Kansas City, is quoted on the group's website as saying:

"It is the hope and dream of hospital RNs across Missouri to have safe staffing levels so that when you need one of us, we can be there for you. Our NNOC/NNU campaign for RN-to-patient ratios in Missouri continues. When we set limits on how many patients RNs are required to care for, patients have better outcomes and receive the safe, therapeutic care that we all expect in a hospital. When a call light goes on, medications are needed, and very personal questions need to be answered. We want the time to be there."

McClanahan said one thing that can help nurses is to make sure they are not being required to do the work for other unfilled or understaffed positions.

"Sometimes we have nurses doing non-nursing duties picking up the slack for someone else," McClanahan said. "That really detracts from their ability to really take care of patients, which should be their primary focus."

This is another practice Boone Hospital discussed in an email to ICU staff. In the email, Smith said supervisors will step in to help with patients. 

“Clinical supervisors have been asked to take one patient until the end of the year," Smith wrote.

She said, “I was in the clinical last evening and the supervisor had two patients, which is not doable, specifically when there is not a unit secretary on duty.”

KOMU 8 News reached out to Boone Hospital to talk about the problems ICU nurses have brought to KOMU 8's attention. In a statement, chief nursing officer Monica Smith said the following:

"Like all hospitals nationwide, Boone Hospital Center’s nurse employment pool is impacted by changes in our population and by health care reforms, resulting in a greater demand for nurses at Boone, especially specialized nurses in areas like our Intensive Care Unit.

Boone Hospital Center has launched several initiatives to attract and retain nursing talent, including a pay range increase that places us as the market leader in nursing compensation. We have also expanded our float nursing pool, a group capable of working in multiple areas of the hospital. The float pool allows us to adjust staffing levels in areas of need across the hospital to ensure we provide the best care possible to our patients. We will continue to develop programs to invest in our nursing staff and to maintain the top level of care that Boone Hospital Center is known for."

The hospital initially declined to answer KOMU 8 News' questions regarding whether this issue affected patient safety, but reached out after the story was promoted. 

In an interview, Smith acknowledged the nationwide shortage and said it is also affecting local hospitals as well.

"Specifically at Boone Hospital Center," Smith said. "But around the entire region we're seeing that. So what we do see is that we're challenged with finding experienced nurses."

Smith said Boone offers excellent care at the hospital, specifically in the intensive care unit. 

"One of our highest priorities is about safe quality care," Smith said. "To the point that all hospital employees hold up our standards of excellence. We have ten of those standards of excellence, but our number one is promoting that safety. And that includes safety of our patients and also safety of our staff."

To view the complete interview with Smith, watch here:

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Day closes out PGA Championship http://www.komu.com/news/day-closes-out-pga-championship/ http://www.komu.com/news/day-closes-out-pga-championship/ Olympic Sports Sun, 16 Aug 2015 7:53:44 PM The Associated Press Day closes out PGA Championship

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Jason Day led wire-to-wire Sunday at Whistling Straits to close out a record-setting PGA Championship and capture his first major title.

The 27-year-old Australian finished at 20-under 268 to beat Jordan Spieth by three shots. Day is the first player to finish at 20 under in a major.

Day shot 5-under 67, and never let Spieth get closer than two shots.

Branden Grace finished third and Justin Rose was fourth.

A nice ending to the major season for a player who has endured some close calls and his share of heartache.

At the U.S. Open in June, he fell while walking during the second round. He had vertigo symptoms. But he played through the weekend and actually held a share of the lead after 54 holes before fading on Sunday.

At the British Open, he also was in the lead after 54 holes but ended up one shot out of a playoff.

He closed the deal this time.

This was Day's 10th top-10 finish at a major. His first came here, in Wisconsin, at the 2010 PGA.

Earlier this week, Day said he knew if he kept putting himself in position, he'd eventually break through.

He was tearing up as he waited to hit the tap-in putt that would seal the victory. He did it, then raised both fists and buried his face in his caddie's shoulder. His son, Dash, ran to the 18th green to celebrate and Day carried him off the green. Soon, he'll cradle the Wanamaker Trophy.

Day is the fifth Aussie to win the PGA, and the first since Steve Elkington at Riviera in 1995.


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US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany http://www.komu.com/news/us-heads-to-world-cup-final-with-2-0-win-over-germany/ http://www.komu.com/news/us-heads-to-world-cup-final-with-2-0-win-over-germany/ Olympic Sports Tue, 30 Jun 2015 8:22:21 PM The Associated Press US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

MONTREAL (AP) - Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women's World Cup.

Lloyd's penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.

Solo has posted five straight shutouts for the United States in the tournament. Kelley O'Hara came in off the bench and scored in the 85th minute, delighting the pro-American crowd.

The second-ranked United States will play the winner of Wednesday night's match in Edmonton between defending champion Japan, ranked No. 4, and sixth-ranked England. The final is set for Sunday at Vancouver's BC Place.


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Columbia College begins outdoor track and field season http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-begins-outdoor-track-and-field-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-begins-outdoor-track-and-field-season/ Olympic Sports Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:40:52 AM KOMU 8 Sports Digital Staff Columbia College begins outdoor track and field season

COLUMBIA - The Columbia College men's and women's outdoor track season is officially underway.

Eight Cougars competed in the Washington University Invitational on Friday. Lindsey Martin finished second in the 10,000 meter race with a time of 35:18.52, the fastest time in the NAIA. Emily Shultz earned a 15th place finish in the 5k with 18:00.46. Julia Montgomery and Maggie Noble also competed in the 5k for the Cougars. Montgomery finished 40th with a time of 19:03.27 while Noble came in at 75th with a time of 20:11.76.

Three Cougars also participated in the Central Methodist Early Bird on Saturday. Rachel Davis earned a sixth place finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:44.23. Seth Schenck won the 800 meter race, finishing with a time of 2:02.67. Josh Vitoux finished ninth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.17.

The Cougars next meet will be April 10-11 at the SLU Invite in St. Louis.

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Mizzou wrestling takes MAC title, has five individual champions http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-wrestling-takes-mac-title-has-five-individual-champions/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-wrestling-takes-mac-title-has-five-individual-champions/ Olympic Sports Sun, 8 Mar 2015 5:07:12 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou wrestling takes MAC title, has five individual champions

COLUMBIA - Mizzou wrestling claimed its third-straight Mid-American Conference (MAC) Wrestling Championships title Sunday at the Hearnes Center. This is Mizzou's fourth consecutive conference win which includes the 2012 Big 12 Championship title.

Tiger grapplers combined to score 139.5 team points this weekend, which set a new MAC record for most points scored during a MAC Wrestling Championships meet.

Redshirt senior Alan Waters was the 125 lb. MAC Champion, and also received the 2015 MAC Wrestling Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler award.

Fellow redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt tallied his fourth career conference championship when he took the 149 lb. MAC title, making him the first Tiger wrestler to earn four individual conference titles.

Mizzou took home five individual championship titles Sunday. Additionally, all 10 wrestlers for Mizzou earned automatic bids to the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championships. This is the third season that Mizzou has sent all 10 wrestlers to the NCAA finals, but the first one in which all wrestlers earned automatic bids. In the past two seasons, the only other times Mizzou has sent all 10, there have been some at-large bids.

The five champions for the Tigers were Waters (125), redshirt sophomore Zach Synon (133), Houdashelt (149), sophomore J'den Cox (197) and redshirt senior Devin Mellon (HWT). Because of their first place wins, all five also received 2015 All-MAC First Team honors.

Waters finishes his Mizzou career with three conference titles while Synon and Mellon each earned their first conference titles. Cox wrestled his way to his second consecutive conference title.

Sophomore Joey Lavalle (157), redshirt senior Joey Eblen (174) and redshirt freshman Willie Miklus (184) took second in their weight classes, which earned them All-MAC Honorable Mention honors.

Final 2015 MAC Wrestling Championships Team Standings

1) Mizzou - 139.5
2) Old Dominion - 97.5
3) Ohio - 85.5
4) Kent State - 75.5
5) Central Michigan - 74.5
6) Northern Iowa - 72.5
7) Northern Illinois - 40.0
8) Eastern Michigan - 28.5

Mizzou Match-By-Match Results: Day 2 of 2015 MAC Championships (By Seed)

Championship Finals

125: No. 1 Alan Waters (M) def. No. 2 Dylan Peters (NOI) by 11-4 Decision
133: No. 1 Zach Synon (M) def. No. 2 Tyler Keselring (CMU) by 4-2 Decision
149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (M) def. No. 2 Alexander Richardson (ODU) by 5-2 Decision
157: No. 1 Ian Miller (KS) def. No. 2 Joey Lavallee (M) by 4-2 Decision
174: No. 2 Cody Walters (OH) def. No. 1 Johnny Eblen (M) by 6-4 Decision
184: No. 2 Jack Dechow (ODU) def. No. 1 Willie Miklus (M) by 6-4 Decision
197: No. 1 J'den Cox (M) def. No. 2 Phil Wellington (OH) by 3-1 Decision
285: No. 2 Devin Mellon (M) def. No. 1 Blaize Cabell (NOI) by 4-2 Decision

Consolation Semi-Finals

141: No. 2 Lavion Mayes (M) def. No. 4 Tyler Small (KS) by 4-3 (SV2) Decision
165: No. 3 Harrison Hightower (OH) def. No. 5 Mikey England (M) by 7-2 Decision
3rd Place Match
141: No. 2 Lavion Mayes (M) def. No. 5 Jake Hodges (NOI) by 6-4 Decision
5th Place Match
No. 5 Mikey England (M) def. No. 4 Jordan Wohlfert (CMU) by 4-1 Decision
True 4th Place Match
No. 5 Mikey England (M) def. No. 7 Shaun'Qae McMurty (NI) by 4-1 Decision


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No. 2 Mizzou defeats No. 1 Iowa to win National Duals Championship http://www.komu.com/news/no-2-mizzou-defeats-no-1-iowa-to-win-national-duals-championship/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-2-mizzou-defeats-no-1-iowa-to-win-national-duals-championship/ Olympic Sports Sun, 22 Feb 2015 2:14:39 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 2 Mizzou defeats No. 1 Iowa to win National Duals Championship

IOWA CITY, Iowa - No. 2 Mizzou wrestling defeated No. 1 Iowa Sunday afternoon at the Carver Hawkeye Arena by a dual score of 18-12. This win clinched the perfect season for the Tigers, with a record of 24-0 in duals. It also earned them the 2015 National Duals Finals championship.

Tigers won six of 10 contests against the Hawkeyes, including four of the first five. Iowa notched a pair of wins after Mizzou took a 12-3 lead halfway through the dual, pushing to within three points.

Willie Miklus won at 184 pounds, a much-need victory for the Tigers. The redshirt freshman defeated Iowa's Alex Meyer by a score of 6-5.

Defending national champion J'den Cox clinched the crown for the Tigers defeating No. 6 Nathan Burak by a 4-3 decision at 197 pounds and keeping his record unblemished this season. Cox has now won an NCAA-leading 50 consecutive dual match wins, and improved to 30-0 on the season.

Cox is not the only Tiger wrestler who clinched a perfect regular season record Sunday, as redshirt senior Alan Waters defeated No. 5 Thomas Gilman at 125 pounds in a 5-4 (TB1) decision. Gilman is 27-0 this season, with 10 wins against ranked opponents.

After Waters' opening win at 125 pounds, which Zach Synon followed with a loss at 133, redshirt sophomore Lavion Mayes, redshirt senior Drake Houdashelt and sophomore Joey Lavallee all won their own matches to put the Tigers up early.

Each of Saturday's 10 matches resulted in decision wins, with Tigers notching the largest lead of the day, nine points, twice.

The undefeated Mizzou team next wrestles at the 2015 MAC Championships March 7-8. The Tigers will host the tournament this year at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.

Match-By-Match Results vs. No. 1 Iowa

125: No. 1 Alan Waters (M) def. No. 5 Thomas Gilman (I) by 5-4 (TB1) decision

133: No. 6 Cory Clark (I) def. No. 20 Zach Synon (M) by 7-2 decision

141: No. 5 Lavion Mayes (M) def. No. 6 Josh Dziewa (I) by 13-6 decision

149: No. 1 Drake Houdashelt (M) def. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (I) by 2-1 decision

157: No. 12 Joey Lavallee (M) def. No. 16 Michael Kelly (I) by 6-1 decision

165: No. 9 Nick Moore (I) def. Mikey England (M) by 3-2 decision
174: No. 3 Mike Evans (I) def. No. 4 Johnny Eblen (M) by 4-1 decision

184: No. 9 Willie Miklus (M) def. Alex Meyer (I) by 6-5 decision

197: No. 1 J'den Cox (M) def. No. 6 Nathan Burak (I) by 4-3 decision

HWT: No. 4 Bobby Telford (I) def. No. 10 Devin Mellon (M) by 6-3 decision

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Mizzou wraps up SEC Swimming and Diving Championships http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-wraps-up-sec-swimming-and-diving-championships/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-wraps-up-sec-swimming-and-diving-championships/ Olympic Sports Sun, 22 Feb 2015 1:30:59 PM Samantha Hoffmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou wraps up SEC Swimming and Diving Championships

AUBURN, Alabama - The Mizzou men's and women's swimming and diving team finished their last day at the five-day SEC Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. The men finished in sixth-place amassing 768 points, while the women placed eighth with 594. Florida won the men's title with 1,314.5 points while Georgia took home its sixth consecutive title in the women's division with 1,450 points.

Freshman Sharli Brady set two school records in the 200 fly and 400 IM, which were two of 10 records set during the meet. Seniors Mack Darragh in the 200 fly and Sam Tierney in the 100 breast were joined by junior Daniel Graviss in the 400 IM, along with Carter Griffin in the 200 back and Andrew Sansoucie in the 100 fly for the men who set individual school records. Program record times were also swam in the women's 200 medley relay, and in both the men's 400 medley and 800 free relays.

There were 13 top-eight finishes for the Tigers, with Griffin (200 back), Tierney (100 breast) and Clark Thomas (3-meter springboard) finishing second in their events. After swimming 1:40.55 in the 200 back prelims, breaking his own school record, Griffin dropped his time to 1:40.17, an NCAA 'A' cut.

Tierney also had a fourth-place swim in the 200 breast Saturday with a time of 1:53.86, while senior Igor Kozlovskij won the consolation final in 1:55.00 placing ninth. Freshman Jordy Groters was 21st with a time of 1:59.03.

Junior Abby Duncan finished fifth in the 100 breast, and followed it up with sixth (2:10.67) in the 200 breast championship finals. Sophomore Katharine Ross won the consolation final with a time of 2:11.11.

Sophomore Michael Chadwick placed seventh in the 100 free with a time of 43.19. Junior Matthew Margritier took second in the 'C' final with 43.80.

Freshman Hunter Fritter advanced to the platform finals with a personal best score in the prelims of 352.40, placing eighth in the final with a score of 341.65 including a dive of 79.20.

The women's 1650 free program record was just missed by freshman Kira Zubar, who swam it in 16:25.49, which was good enough for 13th in the event.

In the 400 free relay, the final event, the men's and women's teams earned sixth and eighth place respective finishes, foreshadowing their overall places.

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Missouri volleyball drops match to Oakland 3-1 http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-volleyball-drops-match-to-oakland-3-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-volleyball-drops-match-to-oakland-3-1/ Olympic Sports Sat, 6 Sep 2014 4:26:46 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri volleyball drops match to Oakland 3-1

COLUMBIA - Despite double-doubles from Carly Kan and Loxley Keala, the Missouri volleyball team lost to the Oakland Grizzlies 3-1(19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 11-25). Kan had 18 kills and 10 digs while Keala dished out 22 assists and had 11 digs in defeat.

Oakland used a 7-2 run midway through the first set to capture the early advantage. Mizzou struck back in the second set with a solid defensive performance. The Tigers were able to pull away at the end of the set to even the match.

Mizzou was tied with the Grizzlies 18-18 in the third set before a 7-1 run gave Oakland the 2-1 advantage. The Grizzlies closed out the Tigers in the final set after grabbing a 6-1 lead and cruising the rest of the way.

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Missouri soccer falls to West Virginia 3-2 http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-soccer-falls-to-west-virginia-3-2/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-soccer-falls-to-west-virginia-3-2/ Olympic Sports Sun, 24 Aug 2014 1:52:55 PM Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri soccer falls to West Virginia 3-2

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Missouri Tigers soccer team took an early 2-0 lead, but conceded three straight goals as it fell to the No. 10 West Virginia Mountaineers 3-2.

Senior Taylor Grant scored both of the Tigers' goals, one in the seventh minute and one in the 47th minute as the team built a two-goal lead.

The Mountaineers responded with goals in the 53rd minute, 62nd minute and finally in the 88th minute to complete the comeback victory.

With the loss, Mizzou falls to 0-1-1 on the season and West Virginia improves to 1-1-0.

The Tigers' next game is on Friday, Aug. 29th as they travel to Fort Worth and take on the TCU Horned Frogs at 7 p.m. CT.

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Lincoln University Women Win Outdoor Track & Field Title http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-university-women-win-outdoor-track-and-field-title/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-university-women-win-outdoor-track-and-field-title/ Olympic Sports Sat, 24 May 2014 9:24:07 PM Lincoln University Women Win Outdoor Track & Field Title

ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Lincoln University Women's Outdoor Track & Field team is the NCAA Division II National Champion for the first time since 2009.

The Blue Tigers scored 64 team points on Saturday to win their seventh NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championship. Ten Lincoln athletes combined to turn in 12 All-American performances, with both Blue Tiger relay teams winning national titles.

Lincoln, which has also won four indoor national championships since 2003, won their 11th overall championship on Saturday. The Blue Tigers had previously won the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championship six times in seven years from 2003 to 2009.

The day began and ended on high notes for Lincoln, starting in the 4x100m relay, where the foursome of Judith Riley, Kimberly Bailey, Yanique Ellington and Janae Johnson won. Ellington and Johnson would go on to earn three total All-American honors, which are bestowed upon any athlete who finishes in the top-eight on an event at the national championships. Johnson was the runner-up in the 200m and took fifth in the 100m. Ellington, meanwhile, placed third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m.

The day ended with the 4x400m relay. Entering that event, Lincoln had 54 team points and was in first place by just one point. Johnson C. Smith was in second with 53 points, and the two teams were going head-to-head in the relay with everything on the line. The Lincoln foursome of Willomena Williams, Jhevere Hall, Donna-Lee Hylton and Tamara Keane stepped up, winning the race to guarantee the Blue Tigers the national championship.

Keane also earned All-American recognition in three events, including the 400m hurdles, in which she placed fourth. Keane finished seventh in the 400m dash, while Hylton placed eighth in the latter event.

Hall was also a multiple All-American honoree, as she placed sixth in the 800m in 2:09.35. Monique Thompson had the best performance by a Blue Tiger in that event, claiming fourth. Lincoln's final All-American award winner was Ladonna Richards, who took fourth in the 100m hurdles.

The Blue Tigers scored 64 points, beating second-place Johnson C. Smith by five points. Grand Valley State, which hosted the national championship meet, came in third. Adams State took fourth, edging fifth-place Ashland by one point. Central Missouri, meanwhile, had the second-best finish of any MIAA program behind Lincoln, taking sixth with 34 points.


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Columbia College Sends Two National Championships http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-sends-two-national-championships/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-sends-two-national-championships/ Olympic Sports Sat, 24 May 2014 6:37:10 PM Columbia College Sends Two National Championships

Gulf Shores, Ala. - Columbia College sends its first ever representatives to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships as the meet wraped up on Saturday.

Lindsey Martin qualified in the preliminary rounds of the women's 5000 meter run and Tommy Skosky in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase. Martin finished sixth overall with a time of 18:11 in the 5000, while Skosky clocked in at 9:26 to finish 13th in the steeplechase event.

In the final women's 5000 meter run, Martin ran in a time of 17:39 to finish seventh overall. Skosky finished 14th in the men's steeplechase final with a time of 9:46

Martin was also announced as a 2014 NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award winner on Saturday. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.


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Arey, Gilbert Make 2014 USA Men's World Championship Team http://www.komu.com/news/arey-gilbert-make-2014-usa-men-s-world-championship-team/ http://www.komu.com/news/arey-gilbert-make-2014-usa-men-s-world-championship-team/ Olympic Sports Mon, 5 May 2014 10:53:21 AM Ashley Colley, KOMU 8 Sports Producer Arey, Gilbert Make 2014 USA Men's World Championship Team

COLUMBIA -- The 2014 USA Men's World Championship Team for wheelchair basketball will have a few faces that are familiar in the mid-Missouri area. Former Mizzou player John Gilbert and current player Carter Arey will compete for Team USA in the 2014 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships in Incheon, South Korea from July 5-14.

Gilbert, a native of Fairfax, and Arey, a native of Columbia, both made Team USA in 2013 and competed on the team last summer in Bogota, Colombia at the America's Zone World Qualifier. They will be coached by their Missouri wheelchair basketball coach Ron Lykins. In February 2013, Lykins was named the national men's wheelchair basketball coach for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Team USA will take part in some friendly competition in Turkey from May 18-May 25 before heading to South Korea on June 25. They be a part of Group C at the IWBF Championships along with Turkey, Algeria and Colombia. The top three teams in Group C will advance and play the top three teams from Group D, which is made up of Germany, Sweden, Australia and Italy.

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Tuesday, March 25: Local Scores http://www.komu.com/news/tuesday-march-25-local-scores/ http://www.komu.com/news/tuesday-march-25-local-scores/ Olympic Sports Tue, 25 Mar 2014 7:55:53 PM Ky Bright, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tuesday, March 25: Local Scores

MID-MISSOURI - Here's a look at local scores on Tuesday, March 25.

NAIA Baseball

  • Mid-America Nazarene 3 at Missouri Valley 6
  • Mid-America Nazarene 19 at Missouri Valley 9

NAIA Softball

  • Stephens 3 at Evangel 12
  • Stephens 0 at Evangel 14

High School Baseball

  • Mexico 9 at Marshall 1


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Tigers Fall To Golden Eagles 2-1 http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-fall-to-golden-eagles-2-1/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-fall-to-golden-eagles-2-1/ Olympic Sports Sun, 9 Mar 2014 6:54:48 PM Phil Bergman, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tigers Fall To Golden Eagles 2-1

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers baseball team dropped the final game of their series against Southern Miss, losing 2-1. 

The loss was the Tigers (6-7) first of the series after beating the Golden Eagles on Friday and Saturday. 

Redshirt senior pitcher Eric Anderson pitched four innings, the most this season for him, and threw four strikeouts for the first time since February 2012. He also extended his team-leading hitting streak to six games. 

Also playing well for the Tigers was senior 1B Kendall Keeton who has now reached base in every game so far this season. 

Missouri is off for a day before they take on Alcorn State at Taylor Stadium Tuesday. Opening pitch is set for 6 p.m. 

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No. 15 Missouri Softball Loses in Extras to No. 13 Texas A&M 4-3 http://www.komu.com/news/no-15-missouri-softball-loses-in-extras-to-no-13-texas-aandm-4-3/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-15-missouri-softball-loses-in-extras-to-no-13-texas-aandm-4-3/ Olympic Sports Sun, 9 Mar 2014 6:38:10 PM Phil Bergman, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 15 Missouri Softball Loses in Extras to No. 13 Texas A&M 4-3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 15 Missouri softball team lost to the No. 13 Texas A&M Aggies 4-3 in eight innings today at the Aggie Softball Complex. 

The loss was the Tigers (13-5, 1-2) second in a row after losing to the Aggies (19-5, 2-1) 11-2 Saturday afternoon. Missouri won the first game in the series Friday night.  

Leading the way for Missouri was redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan who went 1-3 and hit her first longball as a Tiger in the third inning. The three-run shot was Missouri's only score of the game. 

Also having a strong performance was P Tory Finucane. The freshman from Maryland pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs, five hits, one walk, and striking out four. 

The Tigers next play Wednesday in a doubleheader at Evansville before coming home Friday for their first home series of the year against Kentucky. 

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Rock Bridge Swimmer Defending State Title http://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-swimmer-defending-state-title/ http://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-swimmer-defending-state-title/ Olympic Sports Thu, 20 Feb 2014 4:57:43 PM Jonathan Deutsch, KOMU 8 Reporter Rock Bridge Swimmer Defending State Title

COLUMBIA - Kelley Tackett, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, is looking to defend her state title this weekend.

Last year, Tackett won the 200 yard freestyle race at the MSHAA swimming state championships. She finished second in the 500 yard freestyle.

"It was just really exciting," Tackett said. "I just got really fired up because my entire team was lined up all along the side of the pool and screaming and cheering. And you can't not go fast in that kind of environment."

Tackett's final time in the 200 freestyle was 1:49. This year, Tackett says she's striving for 1:47.

"She definitely has the capability to be a four-time champion," head swim coach Laura Wacker said. "She has the ability to win any two events that she picks right now."

If winning state as a freshman wasn't enough, for the second year in a row Tackett qualified for state championships in all 11 events offered. However, the rules state swimmers can only participate in a maximum of two individual events. Athletes can compete in as many as four events throughout the weekend.

"It is just a rarity that somebody qualifies in every single event," Wacker said. "That was a goal of Kelley's last year and she achieved it, and it was a goal this year. She achieved it easily and I'm sure it'll get easier." 

Tackett is also a member of the 200 yard and 400 yard freestyle relays. 

Tackett and her Rock Bridge teammates start competition Friday, February 21.

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Thursday's Olympic Action: U.S. Women's Hockey Shoot for Gold http://www.komu.com/news/thursday-s-olympic-action-u-s-women-s-hockey-shoot-for-gold/ http://www.komu.com/news/thursday-s-olympic-action-u-s-women-s-hockey-shoot-for-gold/ Olympic Sports Thu, 20 Feb 2014 9:45:12 AM Jake Lasofsky, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Thursday's Olympic Action: U.S. Women's Hockey Shoot for Gold

(Programming note: For up to date news and highlights from the winter games, log on to KOMU's Olympic Zone.)

Canada and the United States, the two dominant nations in women's hockey, clash again in the gold medal final LIVE on NBC. The two teams have won all four gold medals in Olympic women's hockey history, with Canada claiming three straight since the U.S. won the inaugural Olympic women's tournament in 1998.

Gracie Gold, the 18-year-old reigning national champion with the winning name, currently sits in fourth place after the short program, while teammates Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds are in sixth and seventh, respectively. Reigning Olympic champion Yuna Kim of South Korea currently leads the field heading into the final night, while Russia's 15-year-old star Yulia Lipnitskaya is in fifth. Gold, Wagner, Kim and Lipnitskaya are the among the skaters in the night's final group of six.

The U.S. has a deep team of contenders, led by 20-year-old Maddie Bowman. The Canadians have an impressive lineup as well, featuring2011 world champion Rosalind Groenewoud.

2013 world bronze medalist John Teller, an auto mechanic from Mammoth Lakes, California, has developed into a contender in this wild, unpredictable event.

11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Women's Hockey - Gold Medal Final, USA vs. Canada (LIVE)

7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Ladies' Figure Skating - Gold Medal Final
Women's Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe Gold Medal Final
Men's Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross Gold Medal Final

12 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Men's Nordic Combined - Team K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal Final

1 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Primetime Encore

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Men's Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross Competition

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Women's Hockey Encore - Bronze Medal Game, Switzerland vs. Sweden

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Game of the Day: Women's Hockey - Gold Medal Final, USA vs. Canada

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Women's Curling - Gold Medal Final, Sweden vs. Canada

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Blues' Oshie Making Name For Himself In Sochi http://www.komu.com/news/blues-oshie-making-name-for-himself-in-sochi/ http://www.komu.com/news/blues-oshie-making-name-for-himself-in-sochi/ Olympic Sports Tue, 18 Feb 2014 6:13:55 PM Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Blues' Oshie Making Name For Himself In Sochi

SOCHI, Ru. - It's been a whirlwind week for St. Louis Blues' forward T.J. Oshie.  Now representing Team USA during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, Oshie became an overnight, (or early morning depending upon your location), sensation.

St. Louis Blues fans have known about this mop-haired, teenage heartthrob, ultra-smooth hockey player for quite some time.  When Oshie was drafted by the Blues with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft out of North Dakota University, the expectations were sky-high.  Oshie debuted for the Blues during the 2008-2009 season where he had a spectacular 39 points in 57 games.  From that impressive start, St. Louisans knew this star was not going to burn out.

Since his rookie year, Oshie has lived up to the hype.  Even though he hasn't quite made the jump to super stardom, Oshie is a fan favorite in St. Louis.  His ability to make exciting plays and emergence as a leader in the Blues' locker room (He is now an assistant captain) have endeared him to the home crowd.  Oshie's flair for the dramatic during shootouts has been a staple of his play during his time in the NHL, and fans all over the world saw his ability on display when the United States took on Russia.

In the grand scheme of things, the game last weekend did not mean that much.  It wasn't for a medal, and this United States team certainly wasn't a "Miracle on Ice" type of club.  However, defeating the host country in the sport they most covet in front of President Vladimir Putin is cause for attention.

The game was close throughout, and eventually went into overtime.  After neither team tallied a goal in OT, a shootout commenced.  Unlike in the NHL, international hockey rules allow the same player to take multiple shots in a shootout.  That rule played right into T.J. Oshie's wheelhouse.  Oshie was called on by Coach Dan Bylsma time after time to either attempt to win the game, or match Russia's goal.  In the 8th round, he won the game for the United States with his 4th goal of the shootout on a shot through the legs of Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.  Pandemonium soon followed.

Oshie has been called an American hero since his performance, to which he responded, "The American heroes are wearing camo. That's not me."  Nonetheless Oshie's popularity now reaches far beyond the boundaries of St. Louis.  Just in the first day after the game Oshie gained 45,000 followers on Twitter.  Some of the most notable individuals to congratulate the new American star were President Barack Obama via the official White House Twitter feed, as well as Mike Eruzione, who was the captain of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" gold medal team.

T.J. Oshie's talent is now something that those outside of St. Louis can appreciate too.  The ultimate goal for Oshie and the Americans is to leave Sochi with a gold medal hanging around their necks.  They will continue their quest this Wednesday versus the Czech Republic with a potential semifinal match up against Canada looming.


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Skiing, Snowboarding Highlight Day 11 of 2014 Sochi Olympics http://www.komu.com/news/skiing-snowboarding-highlight-day-11-of-2014-sochi-olympics/ http://www.komu.com/news/skiing-snowboarding-highlight-day-11-of-2014-sochi-olympics/ Olympic Sports Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:08:35 AM Jake Lasofsky, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Skiing, Snowboarding Highlight Day 11 of 2014 Sochi Olympics

(Programming note: For highlights and online coverage of the 2014 winter games, log on to KOMU 8's Olympic Zone.)

This event features a redemption opportunity as Dutch star Sven Kramer looks to win the gold medal that would have been his in Vancouver if not for a lane violation resulting from a mistake by his coach.

Reigning Olympic champion Bill Demong hopes for an encore performance to his historic victory in Vancouver, when he became the first American gold medalist in nordic combined. The U.S. could also have contenders in the steadily improving Fletcher brothers - Bryan and Taylor, a 2010 Olympian. The favorite is likely Germany's Eric Frenzel, who won the K-95 normal hill event last Wednesday.

Eighteen-year-old American phenom Mikaela Shiffrin makes her Olympic debut in the giant slalom. Julia Mancuso, who won this event in Torino, will also vie for a medal.

The Olympic debut of men's halfpipe brings an American rivalry to the world stage. David Wise, a 23-year-old married father, and Torin Yater-Wallace, an 18-year-old upstart, traded off victories at major events last season and should be jostling for the top spot in Sochi.

Seth Wescott, the only Olympic champion since snowboard cross joined the program in Torino, did not make the U.S. team after an April knee injury, so seven-time X Games champion Nate Holland, who was a bitter fourth in Vancouver, will lead the strong American effort.

A 2010 Olympic bronze medalist as a brakeman, Elana Meyers is now in the driver's seat and has positioned herself as a top medal threat in Sochi. The 29-year-old from Georgia, whose father played for the Atlanta Falcons, was offered college scholarships in four different sports but now serves as the unofficial leader of a diverse and athletic women's bobsled team. This event also features track Olympians Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams.

Short track's wild relay race puts 16 skaters on the ice at the same time, as four countries vie for three spots on the podium. Canada, China and South Korea are the top contenders for women's relay gold.

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Men's Speed Skating - 10,000m Gold Medal Final
Men's Nordic Combined - Individual K-125 Large Hill Gold Medal Final

7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Women's Alpine Skiing - Giant Slalom Gold Medal Final
Men's Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe Gold Medal Final
Men's Snowboarding - Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final
Women's Bobsled - Competition
Women's Short Track - 3000m Relay Gold Medal Final

12 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Men's Biathlon - 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final
Women's Short Track - 1000m Competition

1 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Primetime Encore

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Men's Hockey - Elimination Round, Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (LIVE)
Women's Bobsled - Competition

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Men's Hockey Encore - Elimination Round, Russia vs. Norway

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Game of the Day: Men's Hockey - Elimination Round, Czech Republic vs. Slovakia

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Men's Hockey - Elimination Round, Switzerland vs. Latvia (LIVE)

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Men's Curling - Tie Breaker, Norway vs. Great Britain

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