Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

Six Mizzou swimmers, one diver, and four relay only participants competed Wednesday through Saturday in the NCAA Championships at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The highlights of the event for Missouri were the two Tigers who received All-American honors, juniors Mikel Schreuders and Jacob Wielinski. Overall, the Tigers finished tied for 23rd with 29 points.

On day one of the competition, the Tigers only event was the 800 free relay. Giovanny Lima, Grant Reed, Sam Coffman, and Schreuders finished with a total time of 6:15.75, less than half a second away from the school record of 6:15:38 set at this year’s SEC Championships. Overall, the 9th place finish was a school best for the NCAA Championships.

On day two of the event, Tiger swimmers competed in the 200 free relay, the 400 medley relay, the 200 IM, the 500 free, and the 1-meter dive. No Tigers made the finals, but the 400 medley relay team was only one spot away, finishing with a time of 03:06:66, good for 17th. Wielinski’s 4:19.84 in the 500 free was a personal best, as was freshman Carter Grime’s 1:46.53 in the 200 IM.

On day three of the championships, Missouri got its first All-American honorable mention of the event. Schreuders finished tenth in the 200 free with a time of 1:33.16, good for his All-American honor of his career. Diver Kyle Goodwin finished three spots away from the finals with a 19th place 371.25.

On the final day of the Championships, Wielinski joined Schreuders in the All-American club. It his first year qualifying for the Championships, and he finished 13th in the 1650 free with a time of 14:44.75 to claim All-America honorable mention honors. Overall, the Tigers finished the event tied for 23rd with 29 points.

The NCAA Championships concluded the season for the Tigers. Mizzou finished the year 6-2 overall and 1-2 in conference along with a 1st place finish at the Mizzou Invite and a 5th place finish at the SEC Championships.