J.J. Angelo-23Sports

Friday, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, the Missouri Tigers swim and dive team hosted the 2019 Mizzou Invite. It was a clean sweep for both Tiger swim and dive teams as the men and women won first place.

The ninth ranked women’s team won dominantly, scoring 942.5 points. It was a 283.5-point difference between the Tigers and the next closest team on the podium, fellow SEC rival Arkansas finished second with 659 points.

Just as commanding on the other side, the third ranked men’s squad put up an impressive 1253.5 points. The second place Brigham Young University (BYU) team scored 816 points, a 437.5-point difference.

The Tigers seemed to be competing against themselves throughout the invite. Over the three-day event, three new school records were set. Additionally, the men’s 400m freestyle relay team hit a NCAA automatic qualify time on the backs of Danny Kovac, Giovanny Lima, Kyle Leach, and Jack Dahlgren.

Individually, Dahlgren set a nation-leading time of 1:42.28 in the prelims of the 200m backstroke. Not to be outdone, Dahlgren broke his own nation-best time in the finals finishing at 1:41.66.

On the dive side, freshman phenom Maddie Huitt found her first college victory in the platform diving event, racking up a final tally of 276.4.

It was a bright three days for both Tiger teams, they experienced great success which will set them up nicely for the NCAA Championships in late March.

The next time the men’s and women’s teams will compete in both a swim and dive event won’t be until January 9th at Louisiana State University. Between now and then, there’s a strictly diving invitational at Auburn University which the Tigers will compete in December 16th-19th.