Swimming & Diving Continue Success at Mizzou Invite

8 years 7 months 19 hours ago Saturday, December 03 2011 Dec 3, 2011 Saturday, December 03, 2011 10:41:00 AM CST December 03, 2011 in Tiger Talk

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams built on their success from Thursday on day two of the Mizzou Invitational. At the end of day two, the men are in first place with 1,715 points, Boise State in second with 557 points and the University of Kansas in third with 405 points while the women hold a strong first place position with 1,643 points, followed by Drury University with 648.5 points and Boise State University with 557 points.

The Tigers got the ball rolling early in the meet taking the top two spots in the men's 200 yard medley relay. The relay team of Ryan Sellers, Mark Conroy, John Krause and Ramom Melo placed first with a time of 1:28.63, improving their preliminary time by over five seconds. The relay team of Sam Tierney, Igor Kozlovskij, Neil O'Halloran, and Joe Hladkik took the second place spot with a time of 1:29.58. In the women's 200 yard medley relay finals, Missouri also swept the top two spots. The relay team of Cassie Cunningham, Courtney Rhodenbaugh, Shara Stafford, and Lisa Nathanson placed first in 1:39.01. In the second place spot was the relay team of Brigette Selbert, Emy DiBenigno, Lexi Spivak, and Sydney Schaefer with a time of 1:41.49.

The Missouri men also took the top two spots in the 400 yard IM. Yaniv Shnaider placed first with a time of 3:48.21, a personal best. Mack Darragh placed second with a time of 3:53.73.

Mizzou saw success in the women's 200 yard freestyle finals with two swimmers placing in the top three. Stafford took the first place spot in 1:44.79 and Stephanie Rovig placed third in 1:47.65. Two Missouri swimmers placed in the men's top three of the 200 yard freestyle event as well. Eegan Groom notched a time of 1:37.58 for first place and O'Halloran swam in 1:38.81 for third place.

In a dominant 100 yard breaststroke the Mizzou men swept the top six spots. Kozlovskij took first in 54.19 and set a new Missouri All-Time record in the process. Conroy placed second with a time of 54.31 and Tierney took the third place spot in 55.09. The Tigers placed in the top three of the women's 100 yard breaststroke as well. DiBenigno took second in 1:01.71 and Amanda Masters was third 1:01.72.

The Missouri women captured the top two spots in the 100 yard backstroke with Bouchard coming in first with a time of 52.76 while Cunningham placed second in 53.13.

Two Missouri teams placed in the top three in the men's 800 yard freestyle relay. The team of Groome, Stephen Sobczak, Connor Nolan, and O'Halloran recorded a time of 6:36.05, almost thirteen seconds faster then their preliminary time, and earned the first place spot. Coming in third, the team of Andrew Phillips, Alex Glogoza, Shnaider, and Darragh recorded a time of 6:41.04. In the women's 800 yard freestyle relay the Mizzou relay team of Stafford, Rovig, Ashley Paterson, and Bouchard shaved over ten seconds off of their preliminary time to take first place in 7:12.62.

In the 1 mtr diving event the Tigers took the top two spots, providing more points for the women's team. Sharon Finn took first place with 287.05 points and Jordan Morcom came in a close second with 284.50 points. David Bonuchi dominated the men's 3 mtr diving event with 423.65 points.

Preliminary events begin at 10 AM Saturday morning.

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