Ross wins Missouri’s first SEC championship during Friday action

On the men’s side, Fabian Schwingenschlogl grabbed second in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Katharine Ross became Missouri’s first Southeastern Conference swimming champion Friday after winning the women’s 100-yard breaststroke.

Two other Missouri swimmers made the podium as the team ended the fourth day of SEC Championships in fourth place.

“I’m just really honored and so happy to be a part of a program that’s had such success recently,” Ross said. “Just to be a part of the legacy … has been a big part of inspiring me to do amazing things.”

Ross, a junior, said swimming at home gives her an edge.

“We have so many fans here, and it’s just my pool,” Ross said. “I feel like I own the place.”

After the race, Ross reached over to the lane next to her and hugged her teammate Abby Duncan, who tied for third, to celebrate.

“We were just very excited for each other,” Duncan said. “We share each other’s accomplishments. It was fun to see Mizzou on top.”

Duncan, a senior, said training with other Missouri breaststrokers has pushed her to be better.

“Right next to you is the best in the country,” Duncan said. “You can’t really get away from it.”

Fabian Schwingenschlogl also made the podium with a second-place finish in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke.

The Missouri women’s team placed third in the 400-yard medley relay. The men’s team placed fourth.

Elsewhere in the meet, sophomore Hannah Stevens and Nadine Laemmler placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women’s 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Maddie Gehrke placed 23rd.

Sophomore Jordy Groters and junior Eddie Mapel tied for sixth in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Jordan O’Brien, senior Michal Rokita and freshman Nick Staver placed 12th, 19th and 22nd, respectively.

Sophomore Sharli Brady got eighth in the women's 200-yard butterfly.

In the men’s 100-yard backstroke, junior Carter Griffin placed 10th, senior Dillon Love placed 13th, and sophomore Grant Kelton placed 21st.

Senior Daniel Graviss finished 12th in the men’s 200-yard butterfly.

Senior Miranda Mercke placed 18th in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke.

The Tigers end the day 6 points ahead of Alabama overall.

The championships end Saturday with the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 400-yard freestyle relay and women’s platform diving events.

Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said he’s optimistic for the final day of the meet.

“We love stroke days,” Rhodenbaugh said. “We love breaststroke and backstroke, and so we’ve got some of those again tomorrow. We’re excited about those swims and getting a few more people to NCAAs.”

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