March 11, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Several members of the Mizzou men's swimming and diving team competed at the American Short Course Championships in Austin, Texas, last weekend. The three-day meet was a final opportunity for swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championships, set for March 28-30 in Indianapolis.
Sophomore Eegan Groome claimed the 500 free final with a time of 4:19.65, just off his season best of 4:19.31. He also bettered his preliminary time of 4:21.69 by more than two full seconds.
In the 400 IM, freshman Daniel Graviss took third in the top final with a time of 3:53.93, just off his prelims time of 3:53.88. He also competed in the 200 IM and posted the sixth-fastest prelims time with a 1:51.42, good enough for a career best. The Tigers went second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 50 free consolation final. Freshman Max Grodecki was second in 20.59, senior John Krause third in 20.59 and senior Joe Hladik fourth in 20.75. In prelims, the trio posted times of 20.46, 20.54 and 20.55, respectively.
Krause also won the consolation final of the 100 fly with a time of 49.19, bettering his prelims time of 49.63.
Sophomore Stephen Sobczak placed second in the consolation final of the 200 free in 1:40.33, almost one second faster than his time in prelims (1:41.23). Grodecki swam in the prelims as well, clocking at time of 1:39.23, which was the seventh-fastest time in the morning session.
In the 100 back, both Hladik and sophomore Austin Fish advanced to the championship final. Hladik placed fourth in 48.17, while Fish was sixth in 49.24. Senior John Higgins took third in the consolation final in 49.01. In the morning session, Hladik swam a 47.88, Fish a 49.13 and Higgins 49.25.
Fish and Higgins then placed second and third, respectively, in the 200 back championship final with times of 1:44.40 and 1:45.70. Both improved on their prelims times, where Fish swam a 1:45.15 and Higgins a 1:46.35.
Mizzou had three swimmers in the 100 free consolation final. Grodecki took first in 44.36, Krause sixth in 45.37 and Sobczak seventh in 45.83. All three improved on their times in the morning session.
Additionally, former Tiger Yaniv Shnaider competed in the event. He placed second in both the 200 IM (1:47.09) and 400 IM (3:51.00) and fourth in the 200 breast (1:59.94). Shnaider times were good enough to qualify him for Israel's World University Games swim squad.
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