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    SEC Swimming Recap: Thursday, November 21

    Mizzou Women Record Two NCAA 'A' Cuts on Day One at Mizzou Invite

    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.





    Flach Sets Nation’s Top 500 Freestyle Time at Virginia Tech Invitational

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Like he did last year, redshirt senior Michael Flach stole the show on night one of the Virginia Tech Invitational by setting the nation’s top time in the 500 freestyle at 4:21.38. The time was more than three seconds lower than his time earlier in the day during the prelims, with both were NCAA B cut times.

    “We had an outstanding night tonight, some of the fastest swims in the country. We’re looking forward to racing tomorrow and continuing on with the weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing what our group is capable of,” head swimming and diving coach McGee Moody said.

    Senior Gerard Rodriguez wasn’t too far off of his teammate’s pace at 4:23.92, a time that would put him at sixth in the country as well as being a B cut. Heading into the weekend, only eight NCAA B cut times had been produced in the event.

    On the women’s side in the 500 freestyle, junior Victoria Mitchell twice bettered her previous season best on the day. After a time of 4:55.33 in the prelims to finish second, she took second in the finals at 4:50.08, with the nation’s 25th best time. She was less than two tenths behind Virginia Tech’s Jessi Hespeler.

    In the men’s 200 IM, redshirt freshman Kevin Leithold continued a great fall as he turned in the fifth fastest time in the nation as he clocked in at 1:46.75 for a B cut time. Junior Jared Kauffman took fifth in the event.

    Senior Abby Galbreath lowered her prelim time in the women's 200 IM by just under a second to finish at 2:02.40. Senior Rachel Schaffer took fifth at 2:03.91

    Sophomore Eric Lethander finished fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.68, behind three Virginia Tech swimmers who each hit NCAA B cut times.

    In the relays, the team of Lethander, Jay Warner, Michael Covert and Joshua Clothier took third in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:22.36, while Jonathan Boland, Jory Pettit, Kauffman and Robert Gilchrist were fifth at 1:23.17. In the 400 medley relay, the Gamecock men’s team of Warner, Kauffman, Sam Lynch and Kevin Leithold were second after turning in the nation’s 11th fastest time at 3:15.84, while the team of Covert, Vance, Flach and Rodriguez were fifth with a time of 3:18.56.

    On the three-meter springboard Cole Miller grabbed a second-place finish with a score of 381.15 in the finals. Earlier in the day, he scored a 358.95 and was third in the prelims.

    After day one, the Gamecock men sit in second place with 290 points while the women are in second with 214.50.

    Day two at the invitational will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m., with the prelims of the women’s 400 IM.





    Razorbacks Lead Day One Of Missouri Invite

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 21 University of Arkansas swimming and diving team completed its first day of competition Thursday at the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, Mo. The team is currently first of 11 teams with a total of 262 points.

    "I thought they were really good in some spots," head coach Sean Schimmel said. "I was excited about a lot of swims that happened today. We certainly have some things we need to work on."

    The day was highlighted by standout performances from Arkansas' distance swimmers. Senior Nicole Menzel (Hilton Head, S.C.) picked up Arkansas' first win of the invitational in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:45.53.

    The 500 freestyle championship final was stacked with Razorbacks as the team placed third, fifth and seventh in addition to the event win. Additionally, junior Anna Mayfield (San Antonio, Texas) swam an exhibition time of 4:43.47 to lead the Razorbacks.

    "They certainly put a step forward," Coach Schimmel said. "Anna led the way with a 4:43 and Nicole was right behind her. Those were two really outstanding swims. Rachel had one of her best times and so did Leia. That was really great. Distance stepped it up and they really let the work show up."

    Junior Susanna White (Forest, Va.) placed seventh in the championship final of the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.60, followed closely by senior Aubrey Golbek (Noblesville, Ind.) in 55.87. Freshman Anna Williams (Naperville, Ind.) swam a personal-best time of 56.60, claiming 18th.

    Freshman Mary Margaret Soderberg (San Antonio, Texas) placed 14th for Arkansas in the 200 individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:04.63.

    Sophomore Nina Drolc (Velenje, Slovenia) and sophomore Maddie Monroe (Godfrey, Ill.) placed third and seventh, respectively, in the 50 freestyle finals. Monroe tied a personal-best time of 23.36 and Drolc touched the wall in 23.11.

    Senior diver Kesha Naylor (Saskatchewan, Canada) placed fourth in 3-meter diving with an NCAA zone qualification score of 298.95.

    Arkansas' ‘A' 200 medley relay team placed second in 1:30.78, the second-fastest time in Arkansas history. The ‘A', ‘B', and ‘C' teams each recorded NCAA ‘A' cut times. In the 400 medley relay, Arkansas' ‘A' team took fourth with a time of 3:39.35.

    Friday's events include the 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 1-meter diving.

    "I'm looking for us to come back," Coach Schimmel said. "We had a good day today, but we were a little rough around the edges. I want us to get out here and be a better team. There is a lot of swimming left and a lot of opportunities. I'm looking for us to maximize on those."

    A live stream of each session and live stats will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. and finals will begin at 6 p.m.

    For more information on Arkansas swimming and diving, follow @RazorbackSwim on Twitter.





    Men's S&D Impresses at Day One of Mizzou Invite

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mizzou men's swimming and diving notched 16 total NCAA cuts and five school records on the first day of action at the 2013 Mizzou Invite to finish the first day in first-place with 425.5 points.

    In the morning session, Missouri notched 11 `B' cuts and set two school records. The finals saw Mizzou tally an `A' cut, four more `B' cuts and one more school record. Finals opened with the 200 free relay, where West Virginia narrowly out-touched Mizzou's A team of senior Logan Mosley, junior Sam Tierney, senior Mark Conroy and sophomore Max Grodecki, 1:19.53 to 1:19.50. The Tigers' B team of freshmen Andrew Sansoucie and Keiser Witte, junior Alex Glogoza and freshman Michael Chadwick placed fourth in 1:21.25. In his opening leg, senior Logan Mosley swam a 19.73 50 free to lower his morning swim career best of 19.74 in the event.

    In the 100 fly, Mosley took top honors with a time of 47.15, which was 0.33 seconds off his school record and nation-leading time of 46.82 from the morning session. Sansoucie placed fifth in the A final with a time of 48.95 after a `B' cut time of 48.25 in prelims.

    Junior Eegan Groome bested his nation-leading swim in the 500 free from prelims with a 4:17.78. Groome's time also broke his own school record of 4:18.47, set at last year's Mizzou Invite. Junior Andrew Phillips took third in the championship heat with a career best 4:23.42, followed by freshman Martin Wallace, who swam an NCAA `B' time of 4:24.58.

    Tierney led a top-four sweep for the Tigers in the 200 IM. After breaking his own school record in the event with a 1:45.04 in the morning, Tierney posted a swim of 1:45.24 to place first in the finals. Junior Igor Kozlovskij was second in 1:45.74, which tied his morning swim, while junior Mack Darragh took third (1:46.71) and Chadwick was fourth with person best 1:46.93.

    In the final swimming event of the day, Missouri's A 400 medley relay team of Mosley, Tierney, Kozlovskij and Grodecki knocked three seconds off its all-time 400 medley relay record with a nation-leading 3:09.68 to easily take first. Mosley's 46.60 in the 100 back leg broke his own school record of 46.74 and was good enough for an NCAA `B' cut. Freshman Carter Griffin and junior Austin Fish also clocked `B' times in the 100 back leadoff leg with times of 48.40 and 48.48, respectively.

    In the diving well, senior David Bonuchi placed second on the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 336.256, while sophomore Clark Thomas took fourth with 327.25 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.





    LSU SWIMMING AND DIVING COMPLETES DAY 1 OF TEXAS A&M INVITATIONAL

    COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS -– Four swimmers raced times fast enough for top-10 all time in LSU swimming history in day 1 of the Art Adamson Invitational. The LSU Swimming and Diving teams wrapped up day with 157 points for the Lady Tigers and 247.5 points for the men’s team.

    Preliminary competition will begin tomorrow morning at 10a.m. The finals will begin at 6 p.m. Live meet results will be posted on aggieathletics.com and divemeets.com.

    “The prelims were getting into the meet and getting comfortable.” LSU swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “We talked about forcing the races to get second swims. I think our team did a great job of doing that. We were able to come back and race some good times for the finals.”

    To lead off the swimming events, the men’s 200 free relay team finished second with a mark of 1:19.53.

    In the men’s 200 IM, Frank Greeff touched the wall second with a time of 1:48.61. It’s an NCAA “B” cut and enough for seventh all-time in LSU swimming history.

    November student-athlete of the month, Logan Rysemus placed sixth in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:50.36.

    Michael Saco touched the wall fourth in the 50 free final with a time of 20.65. Marco Gonzalez finished fifth (20.65) and Alex Linge placed eighth (20.75).

    For the women, Colleen O’Neil finished sixth in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:59.15. That mark is fourth all-time in LSU women’s swimming history. It is also enough for an NCAA “B” cut. Sophie Weber finished seventh with a time of 2.00.43 which is enough for seventh all-time in LSU swimming history.

    Junior Amber Carter finished seventh in the 50 free with a time of 22.70 for her season high.

    The women’s team in the 200 freestyle relay finished fourth with a mark of 1:32.18.

    “There were definitely some exciting races and it was good to see some of our younger athletes come along,” Geyer said. “Our veterans are also stepping up. With how young our men’s team is, it’s good to see they’re gaining confidence and getting fast times.”

    Grant Grenfell took first in the 200 IM “D” with a time of 1:53.33 and Eric Klein touched the wall first in the “C” final with a time of 1:52.87.

    In the 50 free “D” final, Devin McCaffrey finished first with a time of 20.75 and Michael Young placed first in the “C” final with a mark of 20.79.

    In the men’s 400 medley relay consolation final, LSU’s team took first with a time of 3:20.20.

    In the consolation final of the 50 freestyle, Leah Troskot touched the wall second with a time of 22:86 for seventh all-time in LSU swimming history.

    “Today was a good day. Eight tiger divers competed and seven made the finals” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. I really liked a lot of things that we were doing today. We had some excellent performances and overall it was really good. It’s only day one so we have to move forward.

    Senior Sean McKinney tied for fourth place in the 1-meter dive to lead off Thursday’s finals with a score of 363.70. Kevin Leong finished in tenth place and Zakary Rowton finished eleventh.

    In the 3- meter, Alex Bettridge scored 324.35 points for second place and Cassie Weil scored 323.30 for third. Allie Alter also scored 299.10 points for a fifth place finish and career best.

    A full recap will be available on lsusports.net at the conclusion of Friday’s events. For more information and updates on LSU Swimming and Diving please visit LSUsports.net, ‘like’ us on Facebook at LSU Swimming and Diving or follow us on Twitter @LSUswimdive.