Mizzou swim and dive shines in final meet before SEC Championships

The Tigers closed out the regular season with a strong showing at home.
Last weekend’s Tiger Invite resulted in 16 victories for the Tigers.

No. 15 Missouri men's and No. 13 women's swim and dive ended their regular season hosting the Tiger Invite on Friday and Saturday. During the two-day meet, 16 different Tigers earned victories in their events, and four Tigers earned two wins each.

To kick off the first day of the meet, junior Kira Zubar earned a pair of wins in the 500-meter with a time of 4:45.41 and the 1,650-meter free with a time of 16:24.63. Junior Sharli Brady took second in the 500-meter free with a career-best time of 4:46.19.

Other Tigers shined Friday as well. Junior Hannah Stevens earned victories in both the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter free with a time of 52.22 in both events. Sophomore Iliana Jones finished in the top spot in both the 50-meter free in 23.27 seconds and 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:04.16. Freshman Nick Alexander stood out, winning both the 200-meter individual medley in 1:47.59 and the 200-meter backstroke in 1:44.43.

Senior Nadine Laemmler took home the victory in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.54. Sophomore Luke Mankus earned a 19.99 in the 50-meter free to win the event, and freshman Giovanny Lima won the 500-meter free with a time of 4:26.21, ranking 10th all-time in Tigers history.

In the second day of the meet, the Tigers men’s and women's teams claimed sweeps in events that included the 100-meter fly, 200-meter fly and 200-meter breast. Junior Erin Metzler-Seymour earned the win for the 100-meter fly with the time of 53.54, and freshman Daniel Hein won the men's 100-meter fly in 47.66.

For the women's 200-meter fly event, freshman Azra Avdic swam a personal-best 1:58.04, and senior Martin Wallace won the men's event in 1:45.58.

The 200-meter breaststroke events were swept by seniors Fabian Schwingenschlogl and Ellie Suek. Suek finished with a time of 2:16.42, and Schwingenschlogl finished in 1:58.87 to take the win.

The 100-meter backstroke was won by senior Carter Griffin in just 47.47, sophomore Mikel Schreuders won the 100m free in 44.75 and sophomore Alex Walton won the 400-meter individual medley in 3:56.10 to finish out the meet.

The teams will be back in action in the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championships held Feb. 14-18 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Edited by Eli Lederman | elederman@themaneater.com

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