Swimming Slips in Final Season Road Trip

Truman State University’s swimming teams had a road trip of losses this weekend against Missouri University of Science and Technology and Washington University in St. Louis.

The meets on the road concluded the regular season for the Bulldogs. The men’s team ends their season with a 4-6 record, while the women’s team had more success with a 6-3 record.

The men exclusively started the trip Friday against Missouri S&T with a 138.5-65.5 loss. The Bulldogs took home two victories, one by senior Will Shanel in the 200 fly and one by sophomore Lliot Gieseke and juniors Austin Baker, JT Thayer and Sam Heveroh in the 400 free relay. They also had four second-place finishes in various freestyle events.

Both the men and women competed and lost the next day against Washington University in St. Louis. The men fell 196-92 with four first-place finishes — Thayer won the 200 and 500 free races, Gieseke won the 50 free, and Shanel won the 200 individual medley.

The women, in their only meet of the trip, lost 151-142 with seven total victories. Two women’s relay teams took home the gold — freshman Natalie Galluzzo and seniors Grace Fodor, Libby Opfer and Nikki Sisson won the 200 medley relay, while Sisson, Opfer and seniors Jamie Fitzpatrick and Jasmine Roghair took the 200 free relay. Three of the individual victories were in freestyle events — Sisson won the 50, Fitzpatrick won the 100 and Roghair won the 500. The other two were Galluzzo’s performance in the 200 breast and Opfer’s swim in the 100 fly.

The Bulldogs have a short break before they next compete in the GLVC Swimming & Diving Championships from Feb. 7-10 in Crawfordsville, Indiana.