Feb. 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mizzou men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed competition at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, Feb. 22, with the men finishing in fifth-place with 742.5 points and the women posting a ninth-place finish with a point total of 479.5.
The Georgia women won their fifth consecutive title with 1,589 points, followed by Texas A&M in second with 1,204 and Florida in third with 1,130. On the men's side, Florida (1,440) won its second straight championship. Auburn (1,280) took second and Georgia (1,095) was third.
Over the five-day Championships, the Tigers set a combined eight school records (five on the men's side and three for the women), and recorded 14 top-eight individual finishes (10 for the men and four for the women). Headlining the way was sophomore Lauren Reedy, who was the women's 1-meter runner-up, senior David Bonuchi taking third on the 3-meter and fourth-place finishes by Bonuchi on the platform and junior Igor Kozlovskij in the 200 breast.
The Tiger men racked up major points in the 200 breast, led by junior Igor Kozlvoskij's fourth-place finish. The Lithuanian sat in sixth at the 100 mark but turned it on and touched in a lifetime best 1:54.95. Last year, Kozlovskij took seventh in the event at the SEC Championships in 1:55.98.
Junior Sam Tierney, who missed the championship final by just 0.02, won the B final with a time of 1:55. Freshman Eddie Mapel took fourth in the final and 12th overall in the event with a best swim of 1:57.54, 1.57 seconds faster than his then-fastest time of 1:59.11 in prelims. Sophomore Michal Rokita was 13th overall, fifth in the consolation final, with a 1:58.25, also a personal best.
In the first event of the evening, sophomore Anna Patterson started Missouri off strong with a sixth-place finish in the 100 free. The Plano, Texas, native clocked a career best championships finals time of 48.21. Patterson entered the Championships with a personal best 49.12 in the event and set a then-career best 48.29 in Saturday morning prelims.
Freshman Carter Griffin concluded his first SEC Championships by finishing sixth in the 200 back with a time of 1:43.60. Griffin sat in eighth halfway through the race but posted final 50 splits of 26.52 and 26.04 to roar into sixth overall. In the C final, junior Austin Fish took eighth in 1:46.24.
In the men's 100 free, freshman Michael Chadwick earned a 13th overall finish and a fifth-place finish in the B final after a swim of 43.63.
Swimming in the women's 200 breast B final, freshman Katharine Ross lowered her prelims time of 2:12.85 to a 2:12.71 as she placed seventh in the heat and 15th overall. Sophomore Lauren Stoeckle and junior Danielle Spradlin finished 23rd and 24th, respectively, with times of 2:15.51 and 2:15.82.
Sophomore Madison Bridges placed sixth in the 200 back C final with a time of 1:56.70.
In the women's 400 free relay, Mizzou's quartet of Patterson, junior Danielle Barbiea and freshmen Brittany Hammond and Victoria Trost clocked a season best and NCAA `B' qualifying time of 3:18.34 to finish seventh.
The Tiger men closed out the meet with an eight-place finish in the 400 free relay in 2:54.96, which ranks second all-time in program history. In the opening 100 free leg, Chadwick lowered his personal best time to 43.25, just 0.06 off Mizzou's program record.
2014 SEC Championships Day Five Results
Women's 200 Breast
15. Katharine Ross (2:12.71 finals, 2:12.85 prelims)
23. Lauren Stoeckle (2:15.51 finals, 2:14.93 prelims)
24. Danielle Spradlin (2:15.82 finals, 2:15.50 prelims)
38. Miranda Mercke (2:20.73)
41. Liza Poskin (2:21.92)
Men's 200 Breast
4. Igor Kozlovskij (1:54.95 finals, 1:56.61 prelims)
9. Sam Tierney (1:56.03 finals, 1:57.50 prelims)
12. Eddie Mapel (1:57.54 finals, 1:59.11 prelims)
T-13. Michal Rokita (1:58.25 finals, 1:58.68 prelims)
Women's 400 Free Relay
7. Patterson, D. Barbiea, Hammond, Trost (3:18.34)
Men's 400 Free Relay
8. Chadwick, Mosley, Glogoza, Witte (2:54.96)
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