SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Incarnate Word men’s and women’s teams each upset national power Drury on Saturday after heading into the final day of the meet in second place.
The women’s team, ranked No. 5 in the nation, won the meet with 1,074 points. No. 3 Drury was second with 1,042 points while Lindenwood had 549 points and Arkansas-Little Rock had 546.
On the men’s side of the ledger, the fifth-ranked Cardinals edged out No. 4 Drury 1006-992. No. 13 Missouri S&T was third with 703 points and Lindenwood was fourth with 599 points.
The UIW women started the second day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Kelsey Cooke, Adrienne Morrow, Meghann McGoldrick and Tamiris Nascimento cruised to the wall in 1:48.90 as Nascimento passed Drury on the final leg. It was the first of five first-place finishes on the day for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals picked up solid points in the 400-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. Kaitlyn Whalen led the team in the 400 IM with a third place finish in a time of 4:39.07, while McGoldrick picked up the silver in the 100 fly with a time of 59.63.
UIW followed that with wins in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Nascimento held off Tiffany Bell of Drury to win the 200 by 0.29 in a time of 1:53.45. Morrow added the top time in the 100 breaststroke winning in 1:06.70, while Celeste Morgen was third in 1:08.04.
After second place finishes by Kali Lents in the 3-meter dive (437.35 points) and the 800-yard freestyle relay team (7:53.15), the Cardinals got back on the winning track in the 100-yard freestyle. Nascimento notched her third victory of the day by nearly two seconds. She hit the wall in 50.69 and the next closest competitor came in at 52.67.
The Cardinals closed out the meet with solid performances in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly, before wining the 400-yard freestyle relay. Victoria Lowe (2:25.53) and Morgen (2:26.61) took second and third in the breaststroke. Whalen took second in the butterfly in 2:06.67. The relay team of Nascimento, Lana Nguyen, McGoldrick and Morrow finished the meet in style for the Cardinals by winning in a time of 3:30.49.
The men’s meet was not fully decided until the final event, but the Cardinals swam well all day with eight first-place finishes. They opened the day with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Andrii Nikishenko, Thiago Parravicini, Daniel Torres and Joey Reeves hit the wall in 1:33.58.
After not scoring well in the 400-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly, the Cardinals got back on track in the 200-yard freestyle. Conrado Chede touched the wall 0.07 ahead of Drury’s Sasha Padalkin to pick up the win. He swam a time of 1:42.55.
The next event was the 100-yard breaststroke and UIWearned five of the top six places. Parravicini won in a time of 57.26 and was followed by Oleksii Chockh (58.93) in second and Radu Prunoiu (59.99) in third.
Nikishenko kept the win streak alive in the 100-yard backstroke to make it three wins in a row for the Cardinals. He led the race from wire-to-wire in a time of 50.49.
The Cardinals followed that with their second relay win of the day. Michael Quam, Nikishenko, Parravicini and Chede cruised to an easy win the in 800-yard freestyle relay in a time of 6:48.63. Quam and Chede were right back in the pool for the next event, the 1000-yard freestyle. Quam took second in 9:28.36 and Chede was third in 9:35.31.
Nikishenko added his third win of the day with a dominant performance in the 200-yard backstroke. His time of 1:46.88 was nearly 4.5 seconds faster than the next closest competitor.
After winning the 50-yard freestyle on Friday, Scott Jonsson came back with a win in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday in a time of 46.09.
The final win of the meet for the Cardinals went to Parravicini. He swam the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:03.25.
The Cardinals went into the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay, 14 points ahead of Drury. Even though Drury won the race, the Cardinals were able to match them in total points to secure the victory.