Four Tigers Set Personal Bests in NCAA Qualifiers

Hank Noah, 23 Sports

On Saturday and Sunday in Columbia, Mo., at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, Missouri swimmers and divers had their last chance to make it to the NCAA tournament. Mizzou’s Last Chance Meet was a chance for Tiger’s swimmers and divers to improve their times or scores, and that they did.

Five Tigers had success on the weekend and now could possibly compete in the NCAA tournament. Daniel Hein, a sophomore from Sycamore, Ill., finished with a time of 46.03 in a time trail, ranking him higher nationally than he had been previously. Jordan O’Brien, a junior from Naperville, Ill., finished with a personal best 52.82 seconds in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Lauren Savoy, a freshman from Highland Village, Texas, was another Tiger who achieved a personal best finish. She finished with a time of 2:10.19 in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke. Nick Alexander, a sophomore from Crestwood, Mo., also achieved a personal best time as he swam a 1:41.17 in the men’s 200-meter backstroke finals. The final Tiger who finished with a personal best on the weekend was Sarah Thompson. Thompson, a freshman from Collierville, Tn., finished with a time of 22.30 in a 50-meter freestyle time trial.

These five Tigers may have a chance to compete in the NCAA tournament, but it is not confirmed for all of them. The NCAA Diving Championships is set to begin on March 5 and will conclude on March 7. As for the NCAA Swimming Championships, they are set to start on March 21 and will come to an end on March 24.