Feb. 23, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Mizzou men's swimming and diving team earned a fifth-place finish with 779.50 points at the 2013 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, held in College Station, Texas. Following Saturday finals competition, The SEC announced its yearly awards. The Tigers swept the diving honors as junior David Bonuchi won SEC Male Diver of the Year, freshman Clark Thomas claimed SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year and Mizzou's head diving coach Jamie Sweeney took home SEC Male Diving Coach of the Year. Bonuchi also won the SEC Male High Point Scorer as the athlete who earned the most points over the meet.
Florida claimed the SEC team title with1,408 points and broke Auburn's 16-year run of championships. The Auburn Tigers were second with 1,196, Georgia was third (1,024) and Tennessee fourth (787.50). LSU claimed sixth (753.50), followed by Texas A&M in seventh (709.50), South Carolina in eighth (540.50), Kentucky in ninth (452.50) and Alabama in 10th (451).
Over the course of the five-day meet, the Tigers broke five different school records a total of eight times. Junior Logan Mosley took down the 100 back and 100 fly, sophomore Mack Darragh broke his own 200 fly mark, sophomore Eegan Groome reset his 200 free time and the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Sam Tierney, junior Mark Conroy, Mosley and freshman Max Grodecki bettered the school mark in that event.
Mizzou also had two event winners, two second and one third and one fourth-place finishers. Bonuchi swept the springboard events and placed second on the platform. Sophomore Igor Kozlovskij took second in the 100 breast, junior Logan Mosley was third in the 100 back and sophomore Sam Tierney was fourth in the 200 breast.
Bonuchi was denied the sweep of all three diving titles as he tied for second in Saturday's platform finals. The junior scored a 382.60 to tie Texas A&M's Ford McLiney. Freshman Clark Thomas also competed in the finals and earned an seventh-place finish with a career high 342.90 points. Thomas was the only freshman among the night's eight finalists.
In Saturday night swimming action, sophomore Austin Fish took eighth-place in the 200 back championship final in a time of 1:45.11. Senior John Higgins was fifth in the B final in 1:45.39. In the C final, senior Ryan Sellers clocked a personal best 1:45.76 to take fourth, while freshman Daniel Graviss was seventh in 1:47.27.
The Tigers had three swimmers in the championship final of the 200 breast. Tierney just missed the medal podium with a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:55.04. In fifth was senior Jowan Qupty, who knocked almost a second off his previous best with a swim of 1:55.33 and moved into second-place all-time at Mizzou. Kozlovskij took seventh in a time of 1:55.98.
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