Feb. 26, 2011
Austin, Tex.-- Missouri finished their final day of prelims with 22 swimmers qualifying for overall finals, ten of which will participate in 'A' finals for the Tigers.
Dominique Bouchard and Lauren Lavigna gave Missouri high hopes for the 200 back final tonight in their prelim swim. Bouchard swam near her career-best en route to an easy prelim victory, finishing the event in 1:52.98. Lavigna was her closest competition, placing second in 1:55.07. Both will compete as the top two seeds in the 'A' final.
John Higgins finished fourth on the men's side, swimming in 1:47.03. Ryan Sellers and Yaniv Shnaider claimed the top spots in the 'B' finals, finishing in 1:48.18 and 1:50.01, respectively.
In the 100 free, two Tigers qualified for tonight's 'B' final. Lisa Nathanson placed 12th in 50.34, Sydney Schaefer finished 15th in 51.06. Caitlin Connor took 18th place, swimming in 51.66.
For the men, Jordan Hawley took seventh in 44.63 and will swim in the 'A' finals, while Roko Simunic placed ninth in 45.04 and Scott Martin took 10th in 45.52.
In the 200 breast, Amanda Masters swam a personal best and the second fastest time in Missouri history, finishing in third place in 2:12.95. All Missouri swimmers in the event recorded personal bests, as Rachel Ripley finished eighth (2:15.32), Morgan McCleery took ninth (2:15.75), and Emy DiBenigno placed tenth (2:16.37).
placed second in the men's 200 breast, swimming in 1:59.60 and qualifying for tonight's 'A' finals, along with Michael Lopresti
(sixth, 2:01.95). Competing in the 'B' final tonight will be Mark Conroy
In the 200 fly, Melissa Jamerson placed ninth, finishing in 2:01.56. Anastasia Sotiropoulos finished 17th in 2:06.52 and Lexi Spivak placed 19th in 2:07.86. On the men's side, David Dorak finished fourth, swimming in 1:50.62, while Jason King placed sixth in 1:51.35.