UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
The University of Missouri–St. Louis men’s and women’s swimming teams each took four events in their dual meets against Washington University in St. Louis on Friday at Millstone Pool. Austin Stevenson led the men’s team with wins in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, logging times of 21.03 seconds and 58.43 seconds in the respective races. Stevenson also joined teammates Ryan Conner, Conley Savage and David Reynolds to make up the winning 200-yard medley relay team, registering a time of 1:33.54. Though they lost the men’s dual 136-78, the Tritons also picked up a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the team of Reynolds, Jon Osa, Ethan Boehle and Guillem Masjuan Roca posted a time of 1:25.55. Ava Boehning led the women’s team with individual victories in both the 50 free and 100 free, posting times of 24.65 seconds and 54.47 seconds, respectively. The Tritons also took first in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Kate Nelson, Zara Konstapel, Kristen Stalder and Madison Bottorff took the top spot in the former with a time of 1:50.58 while Boehning, Kate Nelson, Franziska Hauptmann and Sarah Nelson won the latter with a time of 1:39.30. Washington University still won the dual 158-73. UMSL returns to the pool on Friday when it races in a dual against McKendree at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex.
The 11th-ranked Tritons suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season, losing 77-70 on the road against 24th-ranked Indianapolis on Saturday before falling 82-64 at Lewis on Monday. UMSL was hurt by 13 turnovers and shot 41.5% from the field against the Greyhounds on Saturday and watched the Flyers shoot a sizzling 57.4% from the field on Monday. Isaiah Fuller led four players in double figures with 16 points in Saturday’s loss, and he and Donovan Vickers were the only players to have at least 10 points against Lewis. UMSL had opened the week with an 83-73 victory at McKendree on Thursday. Fuller had a game-high 25 points in that victory. The Tritons (14-3, 6-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will look to snap their skid when they return home to face Quincy on Thursday and Illinois Springfield on Saturday.
UMSL went 2-1 on the road last week, beating McKendree 60-55 on Thursday, falling to Indianapolis 58-53 on Saturday and pulling out an 84-81 victory at Lewis in double overtime on Monday. Jalysa Stokes scored 29 points and Amaya Blake had 27 against the Flyers, but Olivia Mezan helped clinch the victory with five of her eight points in the extra periods, including two free throws with four seconds remaining to cap the scoring. Stokes had a game-high 17 points in the win at McKendree, and the Tritons also benefitted from 12 points from Blake and 12 points and 11 rebounds from Kiara Stewart. UMSL had four players reach double figures against Indianapolis, but it went 0 for 10 from 3-point range and missed 11 of 24 free throws. The Tritons (6-9, 4-5 GLVC) will play host to Quincy on Thursday and Illinois Springfield on Saturday.
Men’s and Women’s Track
The Tritons track and field teams competed in their first indoor meet of the new year Saturday as they ran in the John Craft Invitational, hosted by Eastern Illinois at Lantze Indoor Fieldhouse in Charleston, Illinois. Benjamin VandenBrink was the top UMSL finisher, placing fifth in the men’s 3,000-meter race, just ahead of teammate Toby Middleton, with a time of 8 minutes, 49.55 seconds. Kennedy Moore turned in the highest finish by an UMSL woman when she placed sixth in the 200-meter race with a time of 28.26 seconds, two spots ahead of teammate Dominica Rooks. Haeley Johnson was seventh in the 60 meters in a time of 8.37 seconds and also 11th in the 200, posting a time of 30.01 seconds. The Tritons will be back on the track on Saturday when they compete in the Northwest Open at Hughes Fieldhouse in Maryville, Missouri.
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