Mizzou Men Set Six Swimming Team Records
AUSTIN, TX -- Nine swimmers from the nationally ranked Mizzou men's swimming team travelled to the American Short Course Championships in Austin, Texas, with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Washington. The group of young Tigers swam tough throughout the weekend setting six team records and placing three swimmers and a relay within reach of being invited to the championships.
The final night was possibly one of the best ever in the University's swimming history, as Mizzou set or re-set five team records during that session. Mack Darragh led the onslaught with a new record in the 200 fly going 1:45.33. Next on the record board was Eegan Groome setting both the 1000 free (9:12) and the mile team record (15:09.33) during the same swim.
The tigers were not done as they set two more team records and one best "non-tech suit" ever in three back to back to back time trials. Ramom Melo started off time trials with a 19.77 for Mizzou's fastest ever 50 free in a "non-tech suit". His swim was also the third fastest in NCAA Division I for freshmen.
Neil O'Halloran was next to assault the record books with a blistering 100 fly swim of 47.37. His time was also the third fastest this year by a freshman. Finally, Mark Conroy was the first Missouri breaststroker ever to break the 54 second barrier going 53.98.
Team Records Set
- Eegan Groome (FR): 500 free - 4:18.47; 1000 free - 9:12; 1650 free - 15:09.33
- Neil O'Halloran (FR): 100 fly - 47.37
- Mark Conroy (SO): 100 breast - 53.98
- Mack Darragh (FR): 200 fly - 1:45.33