Swimming Teams Start Homecoming Weekend off the Right Way

Matt Kawash brings you coverage of Missouri swimming’s first SEC meet against fellow conference members Arkansas and Kentucky, as well as non-conference foe Southern Illinois.

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Mizzou’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams started off the homecoming weekend right with an impressive show in the pool on Friday. Both teams swept Kentucky and Southern Illinois, but the women’s team fell to Arkansas on Friday afternoon in the Southeastern Conference opener.

The men’s team posted a score of 205-93 over Kentucky coupled with a score of 229-67 over SIU. The women’s team defeated Kentucky 164-135, SIU 215-84, but fell to Arkansas 197-103.

Looking at diving, junior men’s diver David Bonuchi recorded two event wins during the meet, taking the one and three-meter dives with scores of 377.65 and 392.05. Junior Loren Figueroa stayed in top form with her first place finish in the 1-meter dive.

The sophomore men swimmers exhibited outstanding performances as well Friday. Mack Darrah clinched the 200-meter fly with a time of 1:49.31 as well as the 200-meter individual medley with a strong finish of 1:52.63. Eegan Groome took home the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:40.38 and the 500-meter free with a time of 4:31.60. Sam Tierney dominated in the 100-meter backstroke with a 48.66 and the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:01.24.

The men had a slew of stellar first place finishes. Notable swimmers include freshman Daniel Graviss with a first place finish in the 1000-meter freestyle and senior John Higgens who out touched the competition to snag first in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:49.66.

The women’s team also had some standout swimmers, with senior Cassie Cunningham individually winning two events in the meet. Cunningham won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 55.33 and the 50-meter freestyle with a 23.40.

Mizzou women’s swimming also secured numerous second place finishes on the day. In the 200-meter freestyle, freshman Anna Patterson had a time of 1:51.57 to clinch second, while senior Dominique Bouchard finished with a time of 1:58.80 in the 200 back.

Both the men’s and women’s medley relay teams had impressive top three results. The men’s 200-meter medley relay, made up of Tierney, Conroy, Krause and Melo, earned first place with a time 1:29.63. The women’s 200 medley team, made up of Cunningham, Ripley, Barbiea and sophomore Emily Douchette, fought for second with a time of 1:42.72, just 0.03 behind first-place Arkansas.

Both teams will head to the road for the first time this season on Nov. 9 for an SEC matchup with No. 9 Georgia.

-Mary Kate Burgess
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