Monday, February 13—
Madeline Boccardi, 23 Sports
Both the Missouri women’s and men’s swim teams were coming off a great showing at the Tiger Invite heading into the Ohio State Winter Invitational. Both teams swam well, placing in many events as the two-day invitational came to a close.
Junior Drew Dvorchak won three events and sophomore Samantha Wilts claimed two to lead the No. 14/13 men’s and women’s swim teams. Dvorchak led a Tigers sweep in the men’s 100 back after he swam a 48.44, followed by sophomore Griffin Schaetzle with a close 48.47 and junior Grant Kelton tied for third with a time of 48.61. Dvorchak and Schaetzel both had career bests.
Dvorchak swept both the fly races, first with a win in the 100 fly with a time of 47.79, another personal best, and in the 200 fly with another incredible time of 1:46:56.
Wilts swept the 100 and 200 back events at the meet. She earned top honors in the women’s 100 back with a time of 54.26, almost a second faster than her old personal best. She then clocked a 1:56.78, also a personal record, in the 200 back to move into 10th place in the Mizzou record book in the event.
Schaetzle and Kelton helped Missouri to a one-two finish in the men’s 200 back to secure all four back events for the Tigers. Schaetzle won in 1:44.36, while Kelton clocked a 1:46.95 for second.
The Mizzou women also swept in the 200 freestyle. Senior Brittany Hammond finished with a 1:49.50, closely followed by sophomore Aurore Jacolin, who took second in 1:49.73, and freshman Lindsay Painton, who finished third in 1:51.11.
In the men’s 100 breast, freshman Caleb Hicks finished second in a career best 53.72.
The Tigers will swim next at the 2017 Southeastern Conference championships on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Jones Aquatic Center.