Nov. 23, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's swimming and diving team won the 2013 Mizzou Invite on Saturday, Nov. 23 after the team recorded 39 NCAA `B' cuts, one `A' automatic qualifying cut and eight school records during the three-day event. The Tigers recorded 1,255 points to take the team title.
Over the three days, Missouri notched an `A' cut in the 400 medley relay and posted new school in that relay and the 400 free relay, plus individual school marks by senior Logan Mosley (100 back and 100 fly), junior Mack Darragh (400 IM), freshman Carter Griffin (200 back), sophomore Max Grodecki (100 free) and junior Sam Tierney (200 IM).
The Tigers closed out the meet in grand fashion, the Mizzou's A 400 free relay team of Grodecki, freshman Michael Chadwick, Mosley and Tierney easily broke the school record with a time of 2:53.70. The time was just 0.22 seconds off an `A' cut but gave the squad its 39th and final `B' time of the event.
In the 200 back, Griffin obliterated Mizzou's school record in consecutive swims. He claimed the finals heat with a 1:41.67, which was just 0.26 off an `A' cut. Junior Austin Fish touched in third with a 1:43.29. In preliminaries, Griffin and Fish became the second and third Tigers in program history to post a sub-1:43 time in the event, with swims of 1:42.49 (then a school record) and 1:42.66, respectively. Both picked up `B' cuts during the day.
Grodecki led the way for the Tigers in the 100 free. He placed second in the A final with a 43.66. Freshman Michael Chadwick took third in the finals session with a 44.09. Earlier in the day, Grodecki broke Mizzou's 100 free school record with a prelims swim of 43.19, also a `B' cut. Chadwick's morning time of 43.99, a `B' time as well, put him fifth all-time at Missouri.
In the 200 breast Tierney, junior Igor Kozlovskij and sophomore Michal Rokita went one-two-three with times of 1:54.38, 1:55.23 and 1:58.80, respectively. Both Kozlovskij and Rokita's times were personal bests and lowered the NCAA `B' times they recorded in morning prelims. Tierney, who entered the meet with a `B' cut in the event, posttest a season best time of 1:54.13 in preliminaries.
The Tigers went one-two-three in the 200 fly as well. Darragh won the event in 1:44.64, while junior Andrew Phillips took second in 1:45.46. Phillips tallied a new career best in the morning session with a swim of 1:45.12 to join Darragh as the only Tigers in program history to go below 1:46. Sophomore Daniel Graviss finished third with a new personal best time of 1:47.68, as he joined Darragh and Phillips with an NCAA `B' time in the event.
In the 1650 free, junior Eegan Groome picked up a `B' cut and took second in 15:11.92. Freshman Martin Wallace placed third with a swim of 15:32.72, which ranks him fifth all-time in the Mizzou record books.
Senior David Bonuchi won his second diving title of the meet with a win in the platform competition on Saturday. Bonuchi notched a finals score of 350.30. He also took home the 3-meter crown on Friday.
1. Mizzou, 1,255
2. Utah, 937
3. West Virginia, 672
4. Southern Illinois, 408
5. Saint Louis, 310
6. North Dakota, 53
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