Dec. 1, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's swimming and diving claimed the 2012 Mizzou Invite title with 1,226 points to conclude the three-day event on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Drury finished in second-place with 761.5 points, UNLV third (711.5), Lindenwood fourth (420.5), Missouri S&T fifth (298), SLU sixth (203.5) and North Dakota seventh (76).
Sam Tierney continued his impressive weekend with an NCAA `A' qualifying time of 1:53.42 in the 100 breast in preliminary competition. The time was Tierney's fourth school record of the Mizzou Invite (100 back, 100 breast and 200 IM) and his second individual NCAA `A' time (100 breast). He was also a part of Mizzou's 200 medley relay team that posted an NCAA `A' time of 1:26.13 on Friday.
Tierney elected not to swim the 200 breast finals but Mizzou still grabbed three of the top four spots in the event. Jowan Qupty took top honors in 1:56.70, followed by Igor Kozlovskij in second (1:57.27) and Michal Rokita in fourth (2:00.36).
In the 200 fly, Mack Darragh shattered Mizzou's school record in prelims as he clocked a 1:45.20. The sophomore was just off that time in the finals but still placed first in 1:45.60. Andrew Phillips took third in the event in 1:48.69. Max Grodecki earned his first event title of the meet with a victory in the 100 free. The freshman finished in 43.68 for first. Ramom Melo was fourth in 44.42.
In the morning session, Austin Fish posted a time of 1:43.65 in the 200 back, which ranks second in Mizzou history in the event. The sophomore won the finals heat Saturday night with a swim of 1:44.23, while John Higgins (1:45.23) and Ryan Sellers (1:47.76) were third and fourth, respectively.
In the final event of the Invite, the Tigers' A 400 free relay team of Tierney, Grodecki, Kozlovskij and Melo posted a time of 2:55.01 to claim top honors. Mizzou's B team of Connor Nolan, Joe Hladik, John Krause and Alex Glogoza was third in 2:57.59.
The diving squad next competes at the Tennessee Invite on Jan. 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. The whole team then travels to Alabama for a Southeastern Conference matchup with the Crimson Tide on Saturday, Jan. 13.
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