Tiger swimming takes third place in last chance meet

By Ben Burke, 23 Sports

Sunday, March 1 –

In its last meet before the NCAA championships, the Missouri women’s swimming team finished third place out of five schools at Ohio State’s one-day Last Chance meet. Ohio State and Michigan finished ahead of the Tigers.

The Last Chance Meet is exactly that, a meet where swimmers outside of the bubble for the NCAA Championships have one more shot at qualifying.

Notable performances from Missouri came in the 50 Freestyle, where junior Anna Patterson and freshman Rachel Hayden went one and two, respectively.

Although they took the top two spots, neither Patterson nor Hayden was able to improve on their season best, so it does not appear that either will be swimming in the NCAA Championships.

Hayden also took first in the 100 Freestyle, but again, her time was not good for a season best. Patterson took third in the race as well.

Joining Patterson and Hayden at the top of their race was freshman Erin Metzger-Seymour, who beat out Ohio State’s Elizabeth Auckley with a time of 53.86 seconds in the 100 Butterfly. Although Metzger-Seymour’s season appears to be done as well, the Colorado native still has a bright future ahead of her.

Even though no Tigers qualified for the NCAA Championships on Sunday, the Missouri women’s swimming team should be well represented when the Championships come around on March 19.

Overall, five Tigers are ranked in the top 50 in the country in their respective events, and some are top 50 in multiple events.

Leading Missouri into the NCAA championships are senior Danielle Barbiea and freshman Sharli Brady.

Barbiea is currently 29th in the 50 Freestyle, 42nd in the 100 Freestyle, and 5th in the 100 Butterfly. Not to be outdone, Brady has had an outstanding freshman campaign. She is ranked 20th in the 200 Butterfly, 32nd in the 200 Individual Medley, and 25th in the 400 Individual Medley.

Joining these two in the top 50 nationally are freshman Hannah Stevens (100/200 Backstroke), sophomore Katharine Ross (100/200 Breaststroke), and junior Abby Duncan (100/200 Breaststroke).