Eegan Groome
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By David Rieder


COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 18. THE Speedo Sectionals meet at the University of Missouri continued as a pair of Mizzou swimmers each took their second win of the meet their home pool among the six individual events contested on night two.


Mizzou's Eegan Groome won the men's 200 free, clocking 1:51.02, taking the race out in a swift 53.88 before holding on for the victory. The Kansas City Blazers' Benjamin Bravence closed hard to take second in 1:51.77, while Missori State's William Schuermann overtook Columbia's Levi Hanks for third, 1:53.39 to 1:53.53. Rockwood's Lauren Votava picked up the victory in the tight final of the women's 200 free in a time of 2:04.22. The Huskers' Bailey Pons, meanwhile, held off a strong charge from the Blazers' Hannah Musser for second, 2:04.70 to 2:04.78.

Groome's teammate Logan Mosley also picked up his second title of the weekend, this one in the final of the men's 100 fly. Mosley dominated the heat and touched in 54.14. Mosley's Mizzou teammate Mackenzie Darragh picked up runner-up honors in 55.22. Missouri State's Paul Le touched third in 55.56. The Huskers' Shannon Guy touched out Parkway's Heather Lundstrom for the win in the women's equivalent event, 1:01.20 to 1:01.24. Guy's teammate Taryn Collura touched close to the leaders at the 50 but faded to third in a tight finish, touching in 1:01.55.

One day after finishing a close second in the 200 breast, Mizzou's Danielle Spradlin dominated the women's 400 IM with a six second victory. Spradlin cut five seconds from her lifetime best to win in 4:54.12. A pair of 14 year olds rounded out the top three as Greater Nebraska's Dannie Dilsaver touched second in 5:00.28, edging Flyers' Genevieve Pfeifer, who grabbed third in 5:00.44. Kansas City Blazers' Louis Behnen, meanwhile, held off Rec Plex Sharks' Ryan Baker for the win in the men's 400 IM, touhing in 4:31.50, to Baker's 4:31.80. Parkway's Nickolaus Orf picked up third place in 4:36.59.

The Huskers' team of Natalie Morris, Pons, Guy, and Collura took first in the women's 400 free relay in 3:53.63. Rockwood finished second in 3:53.98, and the Edwardsvlle YMCA touched third in 3:55.29. Missouri State's Le, William Schuermann, Isaac McKnight, and Luke Snow picked up the win in the men's relay in 3:27.59. The Kansas City Blazers finished as runner-ups in 3:29.56, while Greater Omaha ended up third in 3:31.20.


Results: Speedo Champions Series, Columbia: Day Two