Swim/Dive: Men, women sweep Mizzou Invite

By Joey Gjata, 23 Sports

Sunday, Nov. 23–

Both the men’s and women’s Swim and Dive teams swept the competition aside at the Mizzou Invite over the weekend. During the three day competition, the men finished first out of five with 1304 points, while the women secured first place out of nine schools with a 1118 points.

The men dominated the competition as second place Drury only finished with 732 points. The Tigers set nine school records and cracked three NCAA A qualifying times over the three-day tourney. Senior standout Sam Tierney notched two of the qualifying times and school records in the 100 breast (51.68) and 200 breast (1:52.67).

Thursday was highlighted by junior Matthew Margiriter’s school-breaking 50 free at 19.41. The 200 and 400 relay teams also made the night a historic one, breaking program records as well.

Day one also gave distance swimmers, Eagan Groome and Nick Davis, a chance to showcase some lung-bursting performances. Groome won the 1650 free with a remarkable swim of 15:19.99 and coupled that victory with a 500 free first place finish. Davis finished third in the 1650 with a 15:38.62.

Friday showed continued dominance from the Tigers. Saturday included more record-breaking performances set by senior Mack Darragh and sophomore Michael Chadwick. The 200 fly (1:43.91) and 400 IM (3:48.58) were career bests for Darragh and Chadwick marked new program records in the 100 free (42.70) and 200 free (1:34.47).

The diving duo of Clark Thomas and Hunter Fritter played excellent Saturday as Thomas went three for three in the diving well. With a score of 319.80, the All-American honorable mention and former SEC Freshman of the Year won the platform dive with the freshman from Houston placing second at 307.30.

The women produced the same success winning an astonishing 17 of 20 events over the three days. Thursday started off strong as junior Lauren Reedy recorded a personal best honors on 3-meter with a score of 358.65. The Michigan native scored 13 points higher and inscribed her name as second all-time at Mizzou in the event.

The relays–400 medley and 200 free–showed record-breaking and NCAA A qualifying times as well. The Tigers clocked in at 3:32.60 in the 400 medley which bettered the previous 3:33.79 time by more than a second.

Day two saw sophomore Katharine Ross and freshman Sharli Brady lead the way as Ross reset the program record in the 100 breast at 59.43. Teammates, juniors Abby Duncan and Lauren Stoeckle completed the sweep finishing second and third, respectively. Brady’s 4:11.53 400 IM set the school record and is the first Tiger to ever crack the 4:12 mark in the event.

The Tigers also swept both relay events in the 200 medley (1:37.90) and the 800 free (7:12.99).

The final day included a sublime four new school records, two of which came from Brady. The freshman now holds the 400 IM (4:11.53) and the 200 fly (1:57.53) records. Ross and Duncan broke the other two marks on the day. The sophomore tallied a 59.43 time in the 100 breast and the junior clocked a 2:09.55 in the 200 breast.

It was also a magnificent final day for some of the promising freshman swimmers. Kira Zubar won the 1650 with a strong 16:30.73 that stands as third best in school history. Hannah Stevens continued her purple patch of form this season snatching first place in the 200 back (1:52.98). The two-time SEC Freshman of the Week now holds the second all-time best time for the Tigers.

Mizzou had an unbelievable weekend from the men and women and in both the swimming and diving pools as well. The dominating young talent is something that stands as one of the most promising aspects of this powerhouse team.

The Tigers are back in action in December for the USA Diving Winter National Championships. The swimmers will have the month off and will be back in the pool on Jan. 2 awa