Hank Noah, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are both highly decorated this season. As of Jan. 17, the men’s squad were ranked fifteenth nationally, and as of Wednesday, the women’s team were ranked No. 20 in the nation. On Feb. 14, the highly decorated Tigers participated in the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas. Last year in the SEC Championships, the MU men’s team placed fifth while the women’s team placed sixth. Unfortunately for the Tigers, this year’s final results were the exact same as last year’s as the men’s squad placed fifth and the women’s team placed sixth.

The Tiger who finished highest in his or her event was Jacob Wielinski. The junior from Mounds View, Minnesota placed second in the men’s 1650 freestyle with a time of 14:44.24. Not only did Wielinski place second, he also broke Mizzou’s school record in the 1650 free. The previous record was held by none other than Wielinski himself.

Wielinski was not the only Mizzou competitor to have success in the SEC Championships. The Tiger’s women’s team dominated in the 200 back, with five Tigers placing in the top twenty. In the men’s 200 back, seven Tigers placed in the top 30. Courtney Evensen placed fifth in the women’s 1650 freestyle.

Up next for the Tigers, they will host the Mizzou NCAA Qualifier in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday and Sunday. This will be the last chance for athletes to attempt to make it to the NCAA Championships, which begin on March 5.