Feb. 1, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's and women's swimming teams concluded competition at the two-day Tiger Invite with a number of personal best times on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The meet was the Tigers' final tune-up until the 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-22 in Athens, Ga.
In the morning session, junior Mack Darragh got the Tigers off to a good start with a win in the men's 400 IM. Darragh touched in 3:50.40, ahead of sophomore Daniel Graviss, who placed second in 3:52.35.
In the women's 100 free, sophomore Anna Patterson posted a career best 49.12 to win her third event of the meet. Doucette placed third with a swim of 51.84.
Freshman Keiser Witte dropped over 0.7 off his 100 free personal best to take first in 44.29. The swim also marked the third-fastest time for a Tiger this season. Freshman Michael Chadwick finished second with a time of 44.39.
Tierney recorded his second win of the night with a season best time of 1:54.36 in the 200 breast. The junior, who entered the meet ranked third in the nation in the event, dropped 0.02 off his previous season best time of 1:54.38. Darragh finished second with a personal best 2:00.04, which puts him ninth all-time at Missouri in the event. Sophomore Michal Rokita took third in 2:01.90.
In the women's 100 breast, Mizzou's Abby Duncan, swimming unattached due to NCAA transfer rules, swam a 59.93 to win the event. Sophomore Miranda Mercke was second in 1:03.20 and junior Liza Poskin took third in 1:04.84.
Duncan added another win in the 200 breast with a personal best time of 2:10.24. Sophomore Madison Bridges was second in an NCAA `B' time and career best time of 2:15.88, which puts her 10th all-time at Mizzou. Junior Danielle Spradlin took third in 2:16.20.
The Tiger men dominated the 100 breast as they swept the top five spots. Senior Mark Conroy placed first in 54.49, narrowly edging out junior Igor Kozlovskij, who touched in 54.50. Freshman Michael Chadwick was third in 56.06, followed by sophomore Michal Rokita (57.47), junior Austin Fish and freshman Kevin Poskin, who tied for fifth in 57.73.
Missouri's women took the top five places in the 100 back, led by sophomore Madison Bridges in 54.77. Junior Emily Doucette took second in 55.25, freshman Katharine Ross was third in 55.28, senior Andrea Marko fourth in 55.34 and freshman Victoria Trost fifth with a 56.55.
The Tigers controlled the men's 200 free, as five swimmers posted sub-1:40 times. Freshman Mitchell Forde notched a personal best time of 1:38.25 to win the event. Sophomore Levi Hanks took second in 1:39.08, while junior Andrew Phillips was third in 1:39.22.
Freshman Carter Griffin added a win as he dominated the 200 back field in 1:44.45. In second was Tierney with a 1:47.26, while Fish took third in 1:47.73.
Mizzou is idle until the 2014 SEC Championships, Feb. 18-22, in Athens, Ga.
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