Nov. 21, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou women's swimming and diving notched two NCAA `A' cuts and seven `B' times on the first day of action at the 2013 Mizzou Invite to finish the first day in second-place with 261 points, just one point behind leader Arkansas. The Tigers also posted the fastest time in the nation so far this year in the 400 medley relay, while junior Danielle Barbiea notched the nation's fastest 100 fly time.
The finals session started with the 200 free relay, where the Tigers' A team of Barbiea, sophomore Anna Patterson, junior Emily Doucette and senior Lexi Spivak claimed first in a close race with a 1:30.56. Arkansas' A squad took second in 1:30.78.
Barbiea continued her strong day with a win in the 100 fly. The junior recorded a swim of 51.61 to take the win. Combined with her prelims time of 51.13 (an NCAA 'A' time), Barbiea now holds the two fastest times in the nation this year. In an exhibition swim, Patterson swam a 53.59, just 0.3 seconds off her morning swim. In addition to Barbiea's `A' cut and Patterson's `B' time, senior Lexi Spivak notched a `B' cut of her own with a 54.49 to finish fifth in the championship heat.
In the women's 500 free, freshman Brittany Hammond placed 13th overall with a fifth-place finish in a season best 4:53.76.
Freshman Katharine Ross placed third in the 200 IM A final with an NCAA `B' time of 2:00.28. The swim put Ross fourth all-time at Mizzou. Sophomore Madison Bridges finished fifth overall with a time of 2:01.02. In the consolation final, sophomore Lauren Stoeckle took second in a season best time of 2:02.26. Junior Danielle Spradlin was fourth in the B final in 2:03.62.
Patterson claimed the 50 free title in a person best swim of 22.51, which was 0.04 faster than her time from preliminaries. The time also ranks her sixth in the nation in the event. Doucette placed sixth in the championship final with a time of 23.27.
The Tigers finished the night with a bang, as Mizzou's A 400 medley relay team of Doucette, Ross, Barbiea and Patterson clocked an `A' cut time of 3:33.79. The time is the fastest in the nation this year and tied the school record in the event.
In the diving well, sophomore Lauren Reedy placed second on the 3-meter with a personal best score of 345.15. The total puts Reedy third all-time on the event at Mizzou and bettered her old best by 28 points.
The Mizzou Invite continues on Friday, Nov. 22 with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. Prior to the finals session, Missouri will honor its five seniors for their contributions to the Tiger program.