March 12, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou men's swimming and diving team will have 11 representatives at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, which will take place March 27-29 in Austin, Texas. The Tigers had five swimmers and two divers qualify, in addition to four who will only swim relays.
In the pool, senior Logan Mosley, juniors Eegan Groome, Igor Kozlovskij and Sam Tierney and freshman Carter Griffin all earned individual invites, while senior Mark Conroy, junior Andrew Phillips and freshmen Michael Chadwick and Andrew Sansoucie will swim relays. Senior David Bonuchi and sophomore Clark Thomas earned NCAA bids in the diving well.
Individual swimming invitations were limited to the top 29 swimmers in each event in the country. Divers qualified through their finishes at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
Tierney, who earned his second career NCAA bid, was the only Tiger swimmer to qualify in two different events, the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. At the 2013 NCAA Championships, Tierney became only the second first team All-American in program history after a seventh-place finish in the 200 breast. He also took 10th in the 100 breast to claim All-America honorable mention accoldes. Tierney is also eligible to swim the 200 IM at NCAAs.
Also earning an invite in the 200 breast was Kozlovskij to mark his second NCAA appearance. The junior also qualified in 2013 and earned All-America honors in both the 200 breast (11th) and 100 breast (13th). He will also swim the 200 IM at the meet.
Mosley stamped his second NCAA berth after qualifying in the 100 back. Mizzou's all-time leader in the 50 free, 100 back and 100 fly, he recorded finishes of 36th in the 100 back and 41st in the 50 free at last year's NCAAs. Mosley can also swim the 50 free and 100 fly at the meet.
Groome will make his second NCAA Championships appearance, but the first since his freshman season in 2012, after earning an invite in the 500 free. He placed 32nd in the same event at the 2012 Championships. Groome can also swim both the 200 free and 1650 free.
Only a freshman, Griffin qualified for the Championships in the 200 back. Mizzou's record holder in the event, he took sixth in the event at the SEC Championships in February. Griffin is also eligible to swim the 100 back at NCAAs.
In the diving well, Bonuchi earned his fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships after a second-place finish on the 3-meter at the NCAA Zone D Championships. Already the most decorated Tiger in program history, Bonuchi will compete all three diving events in hopes of adding to his eight career All-America honors.
Thomas will also compete in all three diving events at the Championships. The sophomore clinched his second career NCAA appearance after winning the 1-meter at the Zone D Championships.
The 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships begin on Thursday, March 27 and will run through Saturday, March 29 at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
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