May 23, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Missouri swimming team wrapped up their four days at the Michigan Grand Prix with a number of impressive individual and team results. The meet featured some of the world's top swimmers, including six-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and 2004 Olympian Katie Hoff.
On the women's side, Tiger senior Jill Bastien finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.11 after a 10th-place finish in preliminary action the day before. Bastien also had a strong showing in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:43.03, which was good enough for 12th in the event.
Junior Lori Halvorson competed in the 400 free, finishing with a time of 4:28.59. Although she did not qualify for the finals, her time placed her 31st of a total 81 swimmers competing in the event. Halvorson also swam a 2:07.95 in the prelims of the 200 free, where she came in 32nd in the 94-woman field.
The Tiger men were just as impressive in Ann Arbor. Senior Bennett Clark claimed second place in a field of 24 swimmers after swimming a 23.74 in the finals of the 50 free. Senior Lex Howard joined Clark in the race and earned 13th place with a time of 24.99.
Clark also medaled in the 100 free during Sunday's finals action. After placing sixth in prelims, Clark took home bronze in the event after posting a time of 52.52. 2004 Olympic gold medalist Peter Vanderkaay claimed top honors in the event.
Jake Hoffman, a junior on the Tiger squad, earned top 10 honors in the 200 backstroke after finishing 10th in the event with a time of 2:11.30. Hoffman shaved more than two seconds off his prelim time in the finals of the race. The junior also swam in impressive fashion in the 100 backstroke, where he finished 13th with a time of 1:01.26. Michael Phelps took gold in the event.
In another race featuring a Phelps first-place finish, Mizzou junior Max Jaben took 21st in the finals of the 400 free after swimming a 4:07.80. Jaben also swam well in the 1500 free, where he came in 22nd of 45 swimmers with a time of 16:41.80. He finished the race with a speedy 31.95 final leg.
At meet's end, the Tiger men had tallied 99.5 points, which was good for seventh among the field's 40 teams and just half a point out of the 6th spot. The Mizzou women, with only two swimmers competing at the meet, finished with 14 points and tied for 31st out of the 47 teams in the field.