Bonuchi Finishes First in Big 12's

David Bonuchi finished first in the 3 mtr diving event.

David Bonuchi finished first in the 3 mtr diving event.

Feb. 24, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Sophomore David Bonuchi claimed Mizzou's first-ever men's Big 12 diving title to highlight day three competition at the 2012 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships Friday evening at the Mizzou Aquatics Center. The Tigers ended Friday action in third place with 516.5 points heading into the final day.

Bonuchi took home the 3 mtr dive with a score of 443.55 as he outdueled defending champion Drew Livingston of Texas. The title was Mizzou's first ever Big 12 diving title. Sophomore Mitch Harris placed eighth in the event with a score of 276.65.

In the first swimming event of the evening, the team of Sam Tierney, Igor Kozlovskij, Neil O'Halloran and Ramom Melo set a new school record and finished third in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:12.41.

Yaniv Shnaider came on strong to claim second place in the 400 IM with a time of 3:49.97, while Mack Darragh placed fifth with a 3:51.61 and Connor Nolan was eighth with a 4:02.58.

In the 100 fly, O'Halloran claimed fifth place with a swim of 47.74, while John Krause finished tenth in 49.22, and Jason King notched a time of 49.48 for eleventh. In the same event, Ryan Sellers finished thirteenth in 50.29, and freshman Melo recorded a time of 50.34 for fifteenth.

Freshman Eegan Groome earned a seventh place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:38.68, followed by Alex Glogoza with a time of 1:40.23, Stephen Sobczak in 1:40.51, and Eric Blue finishing in 1:42.57.

The Tigers had five top-eight finishers in the 100 breast, highlighted by a second place finish by Igor Kozlovskij with a time of 54.43. Mark Conroy took fourth in 54.75, Sam Tierney fifth in 54.85, Joe Hladik sixth in 55.93 and Michael Lopresti eighth in 56.45.Kozlovskij, Conroy and Tierney all posted NCAA `B' qualifying times. They also saw Griffen Peavey record a time of 56.06, and Blas Yslas finish in 56.63.

Mizzou also had five of the top eight swimmers in the 100 back, including a third place finish by O'Halloran, who swam the event in 48.44. Hladik claimed fifth place in 49.34, Robert Fish sixth in 49.85, Ryan Sellers seventh in 50.00 and Adam Abernathy eighth in 50.30. Also in the event, Glogoza finished in 52.17.

Competition continues Saturday morning with preliminary action at 10 a.m. at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.



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