Mizzou Women Pick Up First Place Finish
EVANSTON, IL -- The University of Missouri women's team rolled to victory on Saturday in the final day of a two-day meet against Northwestern University and the University of Denver. The Tigers left Evanston, Illinois victorious, beating the Univeristy of Denver 247-21 and defeating Northwestern Univeristy 204-166.
In the first of two session on Saturday the Tigers started things with a bang taking the first and third place slots in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. The team of Cassie Cunningham, Emy DiBenigno, Shara Stafford and Emily Doucette finished first in 1:42.25 while the team of Dominique Bouchard, Courtney Rhodenbaugh, Lexi Spivak, and Lisa Nathanson finished third in 1:44.89.
Stafford took first place in the 100 Yard Butterfly event, finishing in a speedy 55.20 and also finished first in the 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 53.92. Cunningham placed third in the 100 Yard Backstroke in 56.27. Stephanie Rovig swam the 200 Yard Freestyle in 1:52.05 for third.
The Tigers took two of the top three spots in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. DiBeningno notched a time of 1:04.29 for second place while Rachel Ripley finished in 1:04.80 for third.
In the final event of Saturday's first session, the Tigers finished on a high not in the 800 Yard Freestyle Relay. The relay team of Stafford, Rovig, Doucette, and Bouchard finished first in an impressive 7:24.65.
Starting off the second session on Saturday, the Tigers continued their earlier success with Rovig taking second in the 1650 Yard Freestyle event in 16:58.70.
Missouri swimmers finished in first and third in the 200 Yard Breaststroke event. Bouchard finished first in 1:59.11 while Cunningham took third in 2:03.61. Tigers also swept the top two spots in the 100 Yard Freestyle event with Stafford placing first with a time of 49.65 and Doucette coming in second in 51.02. The Tigers continued their dominance over top three finishes with swimmers placing second and third in the 200 Yard Breaststroke. DiBenigno finished second in 2:19.63 while Ripley place third in 2:19.69.
The Tigers finished their meet with a first place finish 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Doucette, Cunningham, Sydney Schaefer and Stafford took the first place spot in 3:22.19 to solidify a win for the Tigers.
In the diving pool Missouri saw two divers take top three spots. Jordan Morcom finished second with 280.45 points while Sharon Finn placed second with 275.15 points.
The Missouri Tigers will next face Drury University in Springfield, Missouri on February 4th.