Olivia Gerling, 23 Sports

Thursday, February 18 –

The Mizzou men and women’s swim and dive teams began postseason action Tuesday night as they hosted the 2016 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championship. The championship runs through Saturday, February 20, at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, marking the first time the Tigers have hosted the SEC Championships.

The men entered the meet ranked 13th nationally, while the women entered ranked 21st. Three Tigers also entered the Championships with nation-leading times in their respective events: junior Michael Chadwick (100 free), redshirt senior Abby Duncan (200 breast), and junior Fabian Schwingenschlogl (100 breast).

Day one kicked off with a bang from Mizzou as the women’s 200 medley relay team of junior Nadine Laemmler, Duncan, freshman Maddie Gehrke and sophomore Hanna Stevens clocked a time of 1:36.42 to place fourth overall, breaking the previous school record.

However, the men also went on to procure their own school record. The team of Chadwick, freshman Mikel Schreuders and juniors Nick Davis and Carter Griffin recorded a time of 6:19.17 in the 800 free relay, more than three and a half seconds faster than the previous mark.

Day two brought a star-studded performance from senior diver Clark Thomas, who notched a school record (429.04) as well as a second-place showing in the 1-meter finals. The year prior, Thomas placed fifth at the SEC Championships in the event. Chadwick stood out in his event as well, earning his first SEC podium finish in the 50 free with a third-place showing.

Thursday brought a day of excellent diving for the Missouri women. Sophomores Alexa Beckwith earned a fifth place score of 326.85 and Kendra Kieser a seventh place score of 312.35, respectively, in the women’s 3-meter competition. The women each set personal bests in the afternoon preliminaries, while Madeleine McKernan earned points for placing 15th overall.

Yet again, the Missouri men performed well during their meet. Chadwick excelled once more. The Charlotte, North Carolina native managed to break his own school record in the last race of the evening, the men’s 200 free. The team consisting of Chadwick, Schreuders and Griffin went 3-5-6 on the night.

Day four of the SEC Championships continues Friday, February 19 in the Mizzou Aquatics Center. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and finals start at 6 p.m. The men will enter the day sitting fifth with 429 points and women sixth with 352.5 points.

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