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Olivia Gerling, 23 Sports

Saturday, March 26 –

Mizzou men’s swim and dive made program history this week. The team placed a program-best eighth at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. It was Missouri’s first top 10 finish at the event.

 

The Tigers started off strong and were able to keep the momentum going throughout the tournament, earning a record 184 points. This bested their previous mark set last season by 51.5 points. The team had placed 11th in the championship during the previous year.

 

The team excelled overall in most categories over the course of the meet. The Tigers were able to tally six top-eight finishes while earning nine individual All-American honors, five All-American accolades and setting 10 school records.

 

Junior Fabian Schwingenschlogl made Mizzou history at the event, as he became Missouri’s first NCAA Champion (100 Breast) and joined junior Michael Chadwick with two individual first team All-American honors. Chadwick stands as the most decorated swimmer in program history, with 15 total All-America selections. He is also a six-time first team and nine-time honorable mention honoree.

 

Day three of the meet followed the day one success with a third-place performance in the 200-breast by Schwingenschlogl. With a burst of speed with 50 yards to go, Schwingenschlogl was able to overtake third place with a personal best of 1:51.84. He now owns the highest two finishes by a male swimmer in Mizzou program history.

 

In the final event of the championships, the Tigers’ 400 free relay team of senior Matthew Margritier, freshman Mikel Schreuders, Schwingenschlogl and Chadwick finished in 14th with a time of 1:52.26.

 

Texas earned the NCAA title with 541.5 points, followed by California (351), Florida (334), North Carolina State (314), Georgia (239.5), Alabama (225), and Tennessee (188).

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