Nov. 21, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's swimming and diving notched 16 total NCAA cuts and five school records on the first day of action at the 2013 Mizzou Invite to finish the first day in first-place with 425.5 points.
In the morning session, Missouri notched 11 `B' cuts and set two school records. The finals saw Mizzou tally an `A' cut, four more `B' cuts and one more school record. Finals opened with the 200 free relay, where West Virginia narrowly out-touched Mizzou's A team of senior Logan Mosley, junior Sam Tierney, senior Mark Conroy and sophomore Max Grodecki, 1:19.53 to 1:19.50. The Tigers' B team of freshmen Andrew Sansoucie and Keiser Witte, junior Alex Glogoza and freshman Michael Chadwick placed fourth in 1:21.25. In his opening leg, senior Logan Mosley swam a 19.73 50 free to lower his morning swim career best of 19.74 in the event.
In the 100 fly, Mosley took top honors with a time of 47.15, which was 0.33 seconds off his school record and nation-leading time of 46.82 from the morning session. Sansoucie placed fifth in the A final with a time of 48.95 after a `B' cut time of 48.25 in prelims.
Junior Eegan Groome bested his nation-leading swim in the 500 free from prelims with a 4:17.78. Groome's time also broke his own school record of 4:18.47, set at last year's Mizzou Invite. Junior Andrew Phillips took third in the championship heat with a career best 4:23.42, followed by freshman Martin Wallace, who swam an NCAA `B' time of 4:24.58.
Tierney led a top-four sweep for the Tigers in the 200 IM. After breaking his own school record in the event with a 1:45.04 in the morning, Tierney posted a swim of 1:45.24 to place first in the finals. Junior Igor Kozlovskij was second in 1:45.74, which tied his morning swim, while junior Mack Darragh took third (1:46.71) and Chadwick was fourth with person best 1:46.93.
In the final swimming event of the day, Missouri's A 400 medley relay team of Mosley, Tierney, Kozlovskij and Grodecki knocked three seconds off its all-time 400 medley relay record with a nation-leading 3:09.68 to easily take first. Mosley's 46.60 in the 100 back leg broke his own school record of 46.74 and was good enough for an NCAA `B' cut. Freshman Carter Griffin and junior Austin Fish also clocked `B' times in the 100 back leadoff leg with times of 48.40 and 48.48, respectively.
The Mizzou Invite continues on Friday, Nov. 22 with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Prior to the finals session, Missouri will honor its five seniors for their contributions to the Tiger program.
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