Feb. 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mizzou men's swimming team advanced three to Friday night's championship finals and set a new school record during day three preliminary competition at the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Four female swimmers also qualified for B finals in their respective events.
All five of Mizzou's men's 100 breast entries advanced to finals, as two earned spots in the championship final, one in the consolation final and two in the C final. Juniors Sam Tierney and Mark Conroy led the way for Missouri. The pair finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in prelims with swims of 53.06 and 53.30. Both those times were season bests for Tierney and Conroy.
Junior Igor Kozlovskij just missed the A final as he took ninth in 100 breast prelims with a swim of 53.65. Freshman Eddie Mapel and sophomore Michal Rokita each advanced to the C final with career best times of 54.49 and 55.06, respectively. Rokita's 55.06 jumped him to seventh all-time at Missouri in the event.
In the men's 200 fly, junior Andrew Phillips broke teammate Mack Darragh's program record with a 1:44.19 swim in prelims, which was good to earn Phillips a spot in the evening championship final. Phillips dropped almost a full second off his previous personal best of 1:45.12 on Friday to best Darragh's old mark of 1:44.21. Darragh placed 14th in prelims to move on to the B final. Additionally, sophomore Daniel Graviss' career best time of 1:46.52, which moved him from sixth to third all-time at Missouri, was good enough to advance the swimmer to the C final.
On the women's side, the Tigers advanced two swimmers to B finals in both the 100 back and 100 breast events.
In the 100 breast, freshman Katharine Ross just missed the championship final with a 10th-place prelims finish after a morning swim of 1:00.09. Sophomore Lauren Stoeckle tied her career best of 1:01.22 to tie for 13th and move on to the B final as well.
Juniors Danielle Barbiea and Emily Doucette both moved on to the 100 back B finals with finishes of 11th and 12th, respectively. Barbiea notched a time of 53.62, while Doucette swam a career best 53.66 in the event. Additionally, sophomore Madison Bridges placed 24th with a 54.54 to earn a spot in the C final.
Three Tigers in the men's 100 back clocked times good enough to advance to the finals session. Leading the way was senior Logan Mosley, who took 10th in prelims with a 47.12. Freshman Carter Griffin clocked a personal best 48.00 and junior Austin Fish swam a 48.22 to each move on to the C final.
Day four finals action at the SEC Championships begins Friday at 6 p.m. ET.
2014 SEC Championships Day Four Preliminary Results
Women's 200 Fly
43. Lexi Spivak (2:04.47)
Women's 100 Back
11. Danielle Barbiea (53.62)
12. Emily Doucette (52.66)
24. Madison Bridges (54.54)
32. Andrea Marko (55.83)
37. Victoria Trost (56.17)
40. Kellie Barbiea (56.54)
42. Arianna Bernstein (56.78)
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