Several Tigers Qualify in Grand Prix Second Day

Day 2 of the Missouri Grand Prix provided a couple big surprises both in and out of the pool.

Saturday, Feb. 11 –

The second day of the three-day Grand Prix event at the Mizzou Aquatics Center featured more Missouri swimmers seizing golden opportunities.

Six Tigers were able to meet Olympic Time Trial qualifying standards in their respective events Saturday.

On the women’s side, Canadian-born junior Dominique Bouchard captured a qualifying time in the 100-meter backstroke. She clocked in at 1:01.62, finishing seventh. Bouchard looks to medal for her third year in a row at the Missouri Grand Prix when she competes in the 200-meter backstroke on Sunday.

Fellow Tiger junior Amanda Masters captured 11th in the 200 breaststroke and met the Olympic qualifying standards by .46 of a second.

Mizzou men performed well in the 200 breaststroke as well. Israeli Jowan Qupty and Lithuanian Igor Kozlovskij finished 5th and 11th respectively. Qupty came in at 2:16.70 and Kozlovskij at 2:18.24.

Surprising freshman Ramon Melo cashed in at his first Grand Prix, fulfilling Olympic time standards in the 50 freestyle. His 23.38 squeaked by the needed time for London 2012.

The opportunities continue for these athletes and other Tigers on the final day of the event. Missouri’s Grand Prix is just another stepping stone on the way to the biggest stage in all of sports. So far, Mizzou swimmers have made the university proud and hope to continue their success on their path to the summer Olympics.

Preliminary events begin at 9:00 a.m. Sunday. The finals begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Mizzou Aquatics Center.

– RJ Layton
23 Sports
Staff Writer