By Roderick M. Wilbon, Sports Editor
The University of Missouri-St. Louis Men’s and Women’s swimming teams held a home tri-meet against Maryville and Lindenwood-Belleville October 27. This was UMSL’s first home stand against other schools in which case both teams combined to win 16 events. UMSL last matched up against Maryville on October 13, where both men’s and women took second place to Maryville’s third place finish. That was a tri-meet that included the Truman Bulldogs.
The Women’s side took the 200-yard medley relay and both Merel Visser, sophomore, criminology, and Aga Blocka, sophomore, marketing, were leaders in individual races. Blocka won 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke while Visser won first place for 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle. The Women took six total first place finishes.
The Men’s side took the 200-yard medley and the 800-freestyle relay in huge fashion. Patryk Golinski, sophomore, computer science, and Gabo Jimenez, sophomore, civil engineering, came up big in the individual races. Golinski won 100 freestyle and the 1000 freestyle and was part of the 800-freestyle relay. Jimenez won the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke and was part of the winning 200-yard medley team.
“The meet was awesome, it was one of the best home openers we’ve had so far,” said one of the captains of the swim team Radoslaw Chupka, junior, international business and marketing. “We had a lot of supporters, we won a lot of events, there was a lot of energy in the building.” Chupka would go on to say, “I felt really good, we had a couple days of rest before this meet…The hard work in practice is paying off and is really worth it from coach.”
“We’ve gotten into the pace and speed portion of our training and it showed in this meet,” said Coach Hernandez. “This meet gave them a lot of confidence for the next meet next week in the Drury Invitational.”