Mizzou swim and dive dominates in its first pair of meets of the spring semester

Coach Rhodenbaugh: “We usually don't swim this fast this time of the year. We’re ahead of where our program usually is.”
A Missouri swimmer flies down the lane towards victory against Missouri State on Jan. 21.

Missouri swim and dive crushed its first two-day home meet of the year with a huge win over Drury University 145-83 on the women’s side and 139-92 on the men’s side Friday. The team then took on Missouri State on Saturday, the men winning 177-109 and the women winning 182-97.

Coming back from winter break, the team was unsure of what kind of results to expect from the meet.

“I did not feel really great coming into the meet today,” Hannah Stevens said. “We are just coming off winter break and are in the toughest part of our training right now.”

Against Drury:

Hannah Stevens, Katharine Ross, Erin Metzger-Seymour and Rachel Hayden participated in the women’s 400 medley relay and took the win in 3:43.56. In the men's 400 medley relay, Daniel Hein, Fabian Schwingenschlogl, Andrew Sansoucie and Michael Chadwick came out on top with a time of 3:13.22.

Missouri continued to dominate over Drury as Kira Zubar won the women's 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:12.81, and Giovanny Lima won the men's 200 free, his first event for the Tigers, with a time of 1:39.54.

Michael Chadwick earned another victory for the Tigers in the men's 50 free with a time of 19.90, and Nick Alexander contributed to the score in the men's 200 individual medley after touching the wall in 1:48.78.

The meet concluded with the 200-meter fly. Micah Slaton won the event in 1:47.99 for the men's team, and Sharli Brady took home the win in 2:00.82 for the women's side.

Against Missouri State:

Chadwick and Sansoucie each claimed a pair of wins, with Chadwick finishing first in the 100 free and 100 breast. Sansoucie won the 100 fly and tied sophomore teammate Luke Mankus in a thrilling finish for the 50 free.

The women’s side also saw a pair of double wins. Metzger-Seymour earned honors in the 200 free and 100 fly, and Stevens won the 50 free and 200 back.

The relay races were also a sweep for Mizzou, with the men’s A-team finishing first with a time of 1:28.3 in the 200 medley relay and the women’s A-team finishing with a time of 1:43.16.

Though the meet was never particularly close as the Tigers went ahead big early, the Bears were able to crack into the rankings, taking more wins in the breaststroke races and in the men’s 10 free.

Looking ahead:

Considering this meet was seen as a tuneup for the upcoming SEC Championship meet, the team showed promise.

“I think we are in a really good place,” coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said. “We usually don't swim this fast this time of the year. We’re ahead than our program usually is. I am looking forward to see what we can do at the end of the year.”

However, Rhodenbaugh also noted that many of the swimmers have already qualified for NCAA competition, and they instead will be focusing their practices for that event.

Up next is the two-day Tiger Invite Jan. 27-28 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Edited by Eli Lederman | elederman@themaneater.com

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