Tigers Earn Stripes in Day One of Grand Prix

Chris Novak reports on Canada’s success during the first day of the Missouri Grand Prix.

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 –

The University of Missouri’s Aquatics Center played to host to day one of the Missouri Grand Prix, and good things are sure to follow in days 2 and 3.

The Grand Prix is the biggest swimming event to come Columbia every year and features elite swimmers from just about everywhere hoping to meet the Olympic Time Trial qualifications and get in groove for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Missouri Grand Prix, which is one of just seven specially selected competition spots of the USA swimming team, is possibly happening for the last time this year in Columbia.

For once, the show wasn’t just about the men’s and women’s swim teams at Mizzou, but that didn’t mean the Tigers couldn’t show off. Two swimmers from the University of Missouri women’s swimming team met the standard and earned respect from some of the greatest water weavers in the world by meeting the Olympic Time Trial qualifications in the first day of competition. In the 100-yard breaststroke, it was all Amanda Masters, who made the black and gold proud while meeting Olympic Time Trial qualifications by recording a time of 1:11.06.

Rachel Ripley did just what she’s done all season, as she once again impressed the viewers. Ripley finished just behind her teammate in the qualifications in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.14, which was indeed good enough to meet Olympic Time Trial qualifications. The cutoff time in that event is 1:12.19.

Fortunately for the Tigers, they have some pretty excellent male swimmers as well. Missouri swimmer Jack Brown bested Olympic Time Trial qualification by four seconds in the 400-yard IM. He recorded a time of 4:26.93, which was safely better than the cut off 4:30.49.

Sam Tierney also represented the Tigers well by hitting stride and clearing the Olympic Time Trial qualifications in the 100-yard breaststroke. Tierney recorded a time of 1:02.04, which was over two full seconds ahead of the 1:04.69 cutoff.

The Tigers will look to continue to hit their stride in the other two final events on the nights of Feb. 11 and 12, which both take place at the Aquatics Center.

– Kevin Waida
23 Sports
Staff Writer