Missouri S&T, Truman State Lead NSISC Championships

The Missouri S&T men and Truman State women lead the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Championships following the second day of action at Delta State University.

1. Missouri S&T                        331   
2. Henderson State University    225.5
3. Drury University                    221   
4. Ouachita Baptist University    206
5. Truman State University         202   
6. Delta State University            151.5
7. University of New Orleans         55        

The Miner swimming team retained its lead at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Championships at the midway point as it had 10 finishes in the top eight and both relays among the top four in Thursday's night's competition.

Danny Murphy finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:38.86, while Matt Welsh was fifth in that event in 4:41.23. Luke Norris also reached the finals of the 500-free and finished eighth in 4:45.78.

Andrew Schranck was fourth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.66, while the Miners also had three others in the top eight as  Jeff Enge was sixth in 1:54.94, Nate Kamrath was seventh in 1:56.33 and Zlatan Hamzic was eighth in 1:56.60. S&T also got three among the top eight in the 50-yard freestyle as Jacob Dole was fourth in 21.18 seconds, Sean Deegan seventh in 21.39 and Matt Zieger eighth in 21.55 seconds.

The Miners' 400-yard medley relay team of Deegan, Hamzic, Schranck and Dole finished third in that race with a time of 3:23.90, while S&T's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Zieger, Deegan, Hayden Price and Dole finished fourth with a time of 1:24.43.

S&T's second 200-free relay team of Luis Nesrala, Luke Norris, Nate Kamrath and Alfredo Martinez earned a 10th place finish in their race with a mark of 1:27.36.

On an individual basis in the consolation finals, Martinez came in 10th in the 500-freestyle in 4:43.78, Price was 12th in the 50-freestyle in 21.54 seconds.

The Miners have 331 points after two nights of competition and own a lead of over 100 points over second place Henderson State, who finished the evening with 225 1/2.  Drury is currently in third place with Ouachita Baptist in fourth.

1. Truman State University         299   
2. Ouachita Baptist University    264
3. Henderson State University    259   
4. Delta State University            215
5. Drury University                    139   
6. University of New Orleans       54

Freshman Casey Jepsen broke the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference record in the 500 free as the Truman women took over the top spot after day two of the conference swim meet in Cleveland, Miss.

Jepsen broke former Bulldog Diana Betsworth’s 2006 record of 5:00.28 by swimming 4:59.57 to take first place in the event. She is just the fifth women’s swimmer this season in Division II to break the five minute barrier in the 500. Julia Jones and Allison Harding placed seventh and eighth respectively while Stephanie Myers won the B-Final in a time of 5:11.81, an NCAA B-cut mark.

Three of the eight swimmers in the 200IM were from Truman as Taylor Birsa, Stacey Wymer and Claire Myers finished fifth, sixth and seventh and Margaux Kent took the B-Final in 2:10.05.

Jessica Jenkot placed seventh in the 50 free and Bailey Peterson won the B-Final, coming in ninth overall.

Both women’s relay events contested saw the Bulldogs finish second. Jepsen, Tanya Sylvester, Peterson and Jessica Jenkot touched in 1:37.81 in the 200 free relay while Wymer, Emily Buss, Sylvester and Jenkot finished in 3:52.97 in the 400 medley relay.

Jerod Simek swam a season-best time in the men’s 500 free as he touched the wall in 4:32.52 and finished in second place. Brian Tillis also produced a season-best time in the event with a 4:42.74 pace and finished sixth.  Eric Mikolajczyk took the B-Final in a time of 4:41.34.

Matthew Fletcher shaved two seconds off his time in the 200IM as he placed fifth in 1:54.56.

Fletcher swam the lead-off leg of the 400 medley relay team that placed fourth in a time of 3:30.48. Fletcher was joined on the squad by Tony Hernandez, Mikolajczyk and Taylor Frymire.

The men sit in fifth place with 202 points and trail leader Missouri S&T by 129.