UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
The University of Missouri–St. Louis won seven events and recorded eight B-Cuts last weekend at the Arkansas-Little Rock Christmas Invitational. Freshman Diogo Dias tallied four individual B-cuts, including in the 100-yard backstroke, in which he also set a new pool record, and was a part of two relays which attained the B-Cut. Junior Fernando Robledo and sophomore Radoslaw Chupka also swam on the two relays, while each earned an individual B-Cut. The men’s swimming team will return to the pool Jan. 9 at the Wash U Invite.
UMSL opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play at home last week, but came up short in both games. The UMSL Tritons fell to Drury, 60-51, on Thursday and to Missouri S&T, 85-81, on Saturday. The Tritons went into halftime with a two-point lead over the Panthers on Thursday night, but couldn’t hold on, shooting just 25 percent in the second half. Junior Tre Hymer scored a season-best 15 points, while Joseph English added 12 points and seven assists. Seniors Brandon Marquardt and Tre Ogles shined offensively against Missouri S&T on Saturday, scoring season highs 26 and 18 points, respectively, but their efforts were not enough to lead the Tritons to victory. The Miners overcame a 17-point deficit, while UMSL could not complete a comeback of their own to finish the game. The Tritons (3-4, 0-2 GLVC) return to action hosting Robert Morris-Springfield on Tuesday, before welcoming Maryville on Saturday in GLVC play.
The women’s basketball team also opened GLVC play at home, suffering a pair of losses. The Tritons fell to No. 6 ranked Drury, 74-65, on Thursday, and to Missouri S&T, 53-41, on Saturday. Senior Kelly Kunkel averaged 15 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, scoring 18 in the loss to Drury and 12 in the loss to the Lady Miners, in which the Tritons shot just 25.9 percent. The Tritons (3-5, 0-2 GLVC) return to action on Saturday, hosting Maryville in GLVC play.
UMSL set several school records, while also recording several personal bests at the Arkansas-Little Rock Christmas Invitational last weekend. Among the Tritons’ top finishers were freshman Amber Visser, whose was second in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 200-yard butterfly. The men’s swimming team will return to the pool Jan. 9 at the Wash U Invite.
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