Bradley Davis, 23 Sports

Columbia, Mo: The Mizzou men’s and women’s swim and dive teams concluded their regular season at the Mizzou Last Chance Meet this past weekend. The two day event spanning March 2 and 3 was headlined by Mizzou Senior Luke Mankus. Mankus posted a career best time in the 50 free of 19.19 (second fastest in Mizzou history), moving him up to 10th in the nation and solidifying his spot as an individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships. This will be Mankus’s third time competing at the NCAA championships. He also qualified for the 50 free his junior year with a time of 19.39, as well as competed as a member of Mizzou’s NCAA qualifying and All-America 200m free relay team as a sophomore. On the Women’s side, Mizzou senior Kylie Dahlgren also put herself in position to potentially qualify, swimming her season best in both the 100 back 200 IM. Her time of 1:56.57 in the 200 IM puts her at 36th nationally with only a few other last chance meets left that are missing from the rankings.

Mankus and Dahlgren weren’t the only ones to have good showings, with three Tigers setting personal bests. Grant Reed set career best times in both the 100 (43.67) and 200 (1:35.65) freestyles, while Giovanni Lima set a personal best in the 200 freestyle (1:34.21), and Giovanni Gutierrez in the 1650 freestyle (15:29.31) and the 200 fly (1:46.74).

The men’s championship will take place from March 27-30, and the women’s will be from March 20-23. Both will be held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.