Treats and sweeps for Mizzou swimming and diving

By AJ Joseph, 23 Sports

Friday, Oct. 31-

The Missouri men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept Missouri State at home at the Mizzou Aquatic Center for a Halloween treat. The men’s team finished with a score of 189-54 while the women took 12 of their 13 events for a final of 200-43.

The women started things off by dominating the 400 yard medley relay, putting two teams ahead of Missouri State. The combination of Dani Barbiea, Abby Duncan, Anna Patterson, and Kellie Barbiea took first place.

Three of the ladies went on to contribute further with victories in the event. Senior Dani Barbiea earned a win in the 100 yard freestyle finishing at 50.36 seconds.

On the 200 yard breaststroke, Duncan, the transfer junior from Auburn, clocked in at 2:12.92 in the finals.

To finish out the women’s competition, Senior Kellie Barbiea earned a win with teammates Erin Seymour-Metzger, Kira Zubar, and Ellie Suek in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Zubar, a freshman from Chasta, Minn., also took two individual events during the meet. She posted a time of 10:15.29 in the 1000 yard freestyle and finished five seconds ahead of the competition at 5:00.79 in the 500 yard freestyle.

Another Missouri swimmer with two individual wins was freshman Hannah Stevens. Winning the fifth event of the meet, the 200 yard freestyle, Stevens also went on to take the 200 yard backstroke with times for the two events of 1:51.14 and 1:58.23, respectively.

One notable success of the night was that of junior diver Lauren Reedy. After breaking her own record with 352.43 points in the 1-meter dive, she then proved victorious in the 3-meter dive.

The men’s team had a similarly dominant showing, starting their event with a win in the same event: the 400 yard medley relay. Carter Griffin, Sam Tierney, Andrew Sansoucie, and Matthew Margritier finished four seconds ahead of the Missouri State team, clocking in at 3:15.60.

Off of that successful relay team, two of the men went on to win individual events. The 200 yard breaststroke had Tigers in all of the top five positions, but senior Tierney placed first clocking 1:57.73.

Margritier, the junior transfer from Northwestern, won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.21 with teammates filling out six of the top seven spots of that race.

Senior Eegan Groome helped his team along with two personal victories. First, in the 1000 yard freestyle, he edged out the competition with a final time of 9:23.41. Later, towards the end of the meet, he took the 500 yard freestyle with teammates Levi Hanks and Andrew Phillips following close behind.

Another member with two wins was Michael Chadwick. His wins in the 200 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle set the tone for the sophomore to help finish the meet as a member in the 400 yard freestyle relay with teammates Margritier, Phillips, and Stephen Sobczak.

The diving events were swept by junior Clark Thomas, scoring 381.90 in the 1-meter dive and 423.30 in the 3-meter competition.

Both teams will head to Kentucky for their next meet, a two day event in Lexington against University of Kentucky, Northwestern, and Southern Illinois University starting on November 7th.