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Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
By David Rieder
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 19. THE Speedo Sectionals at the University of Missouri continued on Saturday night with eight individual finals and a relay on the penultimate night of action. While multiple swimmers earned their second win of the meet, Eegan Groome became the competition's first three event winner, while his Mizzou teammate Dominique Bouchard provided the swim of the night.
Mizzou's Groome added the 400 free to his earlier triumphs in the 200 and 800. Groome got under 4:00 to win in 3:28.25, while Missouri State's William Schuermann grabbed second in 4:00.93. Rec Plex Sharks' Ryan Baker grabbed third in 4:01.68. Huskers' Bailey Pons grabbed her second win of the meet in the women's equivalent event, touching in 4:20.57. She added the 400 victory to her 800 triumph on Wednesday. Rockwood's Jordan Stout touched second in 4:23.27, and Lincoln Select's Blake Balogh finished third in 4:23.27.
Mizzou's Bouchard made her way into the world top-50 in the women's 100 back. The Canada native touched in 1:01.19, demolishing the field. Teammate Emily Doucette finished second in 1:03.56, edging the 1:03.68 of Lawrence Aquahawks' Courtney Caldwell. Missouri State's Paul Le completed the men's backstroke sweep, as his 55.86 dominated the field by more than a second. Mizzou's Logan Mosely fell short of his bid for his third win of the meet, and he settled for second in 57.04. Kansas City Blazers' Benjamin Scheffer grabbed third in 57.82.
Parkway's Heather Lundstrom cruised in the women's 200 fly, clocking 2:15.36. Kansas City Blazers' Rilye Fries overtook Lincoln Select's Brooke Balogh and touched her out for second, 2:17.88 to 2:18.11. In the men's 200 fly, Mizzou's Mackenzie Darragh picked up an easy win, clocking 2:00.89. After runner-up finishes in both the 200 breast and 100 fly, he earned his first win of the meet on Friday. The Kansas City Blazers' Benjamin Bravence, meanwhile, pulled away from Parkway's Nickolaus Orf on the final lap to grab second, 2:03.28 to 2:03.99.
Kansas Aquatics' Bryce Hinde picked up a half second win in the women's 100 breast, clocking 1:11.91. Mizzou's Danielle Spradlin put on a huge surge over the second half of the race to catch Lincoln Select's Olivia Calegan, and Spradlin picked up runner-up honors on the touch, 1:12.48 to 1:12.54. Razorback's Gage Crosby took a victory in the men's 100 breast in 1:03.58, while Millard's Isaac Springer finished second in 1:03.91. Missouri State's Aaron Dennis touched out Dolphin-Laser's Blair Bish for third, 1:04.59 to 1:04.60.
Kansas Aquatics' team of Morgan Sharp, Haley Molden, Sammie Schurig, and Sofiia Filatova won the women's 800 free relay in 8:25.74. The Huskers took second in 8:29.67, and Rockwood grabbed third in 8:33.70. Missouri State dominated the men's relay, as Le, Schuermann, Luke Snow, and Isaac McKnight won by ten seconds in 7:38.66. The Kansas City Blazers came in second at 7:59.56, while Rockwood ended up third in 7:52.49.