Feb. 26, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri men's swimming and diving took third place with 750.50 points at the 2012 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Mizzou Aquatics Center Feb. 22-25. Overall over the four-day competition, Tigers claimed the 3 meter diving title, three individual second place swimming finishes, two second place diving finishes and placed second in the 200 free relay.
David Bonuchi concluded an impressive Championships weekend with a second place showing in the platform diving competition with a score of 451.25. Teammate Mitch Harris scored 276.00 points to finish in fourth place in the event. In earlier action, Bonuchi took home the 3 meter title and finished second in the 1 meter dive.
Mack Darragh had an impressive swim in the 200 fly to finish in second place with a time of 1:46.35, just behind two-time champion Neil Caskey of Texas.
The Tigers had four top-eight finishers in the 200 breast, including a third place showing from Igor Kozlovzskij, who swam a 1:57.81. Sam Tierney came in fifth with a time of 1:58.92, followed by Yaniv Shnaider in sixth in 2:00.61 and Michael Lopresti in eighth with a time of 2:02.59. In the consolation final, Mark Conroy finished first with a time of 2:01.64 and Joe Hladik was second in 2:03.17.
In the 100 free, Ramom Melo swam a 44.90 to earn a sixth place finish, while John Krause came in ninth as clocked a 45.93. Eegan Groome claimed fourth place in the 1650 free in an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 15:25.10. Additionally, Connor Nolan had a time of 15:46.30 to take sixth place and Andrew Phillips came in seventh with a 15:47.93.
In the 200 back consolation finals, Robert Fish and Ryan Sellers finished one-two with times of 1:46.78 and 1:50.04, respectively.
Divers next compete at the Diving Zone Championships held in Iowa City, Iowa, March 8-10, while swimmers who have qualified for the NCAA Championships will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the event March 22-24.