Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

The Mizzou Tigers earned a total of 802 points in the SEC swim and dive championships, leaving them in the bottom half of the rankings to earn a sixth place finish. The four day competition was held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Despite the average performance by the team overall, several individuals had strong performances. 

On the first day of the competition, the Tigers earned an NCAA ‘A’ cut in the 800 meter relay, where they placed fourth. Frederik Rindshøj, Jack Dahlgren, Jack Dubois and Grant Reed clocked in for the relay at 6:17.02, which was the fifth fastest time in program history for the 800m relay. Dahlgren also participated in the 200m relay on the first day of competition along with Ben Patton, Danny Kovac and Kyle Leach. Their time of 1:24.42 put them in sixth place for the 200m relay. 

Kovac carried the momentum from day one into day two as he smashed a school record for the 200 individual medley twice in one day. The record setting time for Kovac allowed the junior to earn runner-up honors in the event. He posted a time of 1:45.75 in preliminary rounds, then bested his own time by .4 seconds, touching in at 1:45.35 to give him a new school record and the second fastest time in the nation in the event for the season. Kovac’s second place finish gave him his second straight podium finish in the SEC championships.

Day three led to a strong team performance and another strong performance by the red-hot junior Kovac. Kovac claimed runner-up honors for the second day in a row as he narrowly missed a first place victory in the 100 fly by .03 seconds. His 44.84 time in the 100 fly broke another school record and was half a second faster than his title winning time one year previous at the SECs. 

The team as a whole captured six top-five finishes. Patton and Rindshøj placed third and fifth in the 100 breast, respectively. Dubois also notched a top five finish when he placed fourth in the 400 IM with a personal best 3:43.98 time. Dahlgren earned a fifth place finish in the 200 free, beating his 11th place finish in the event at the SECs last year. By the end of day three, Mizzou was in fifth place at 601 points. 

The final day of action at the aquatic center led to two top-three finishes for Mizzou. The Tigers placed third in the 400 free relay with a time of 2:50.68. Kovac also claimed another individual finish in the 200 fly. He placed third with another school record breaking time of 1:41.24, making it the third record Kovac broke over the four day championships.

The men’s swim and dive team earned 802 points total for their sixth place finish. While all the other schools left after the championships were over, Mizzou is slated to make a splash back in the aquatic center Sunday, Feb. 28 to host Missouri State.

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