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Courtesy of: SW
Courtesy of: SW
By David Rieder
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 20. THE Mizzou Sectionals meet finished up on Saturday night with the last six individual events and the 400 medley relay. The night's events included the 1500 free, where a pair of swimmers completed distance sweeps. Eegan Groome emerged from his mile as the meet's top swimmer, having won the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 free events.
Mizzou's Groome swam a personal best time by more than 14 seconds to claim the title in the men's mile. He touched in 15:51.10, beating out Dolphin-Laser's Minki Kang, who touched second in 15:53.46. Rec Plex Sharks' Ryan Baker finished a distant third in 16:22.79. Huskers' Bailey Pons picked up her third victory of the meet in the women's 1500 free. After winning the 800 on Wednesday and the 400 on Friday, Pons completed the distance sweep in the mile with a 17:07.95, cutting almost 19 seconds off her best time. Chesapeake's Elizabeth Walker touched second in 17.15.27, and Tsunami's Bentley Hulshof grabbed third in 17:19.07.
Mizzou's Mackenzie Darragh took his second win in two days in the men's 200 IM, clocking 2:05.33 for a one second victory. Teammate Paul Le cut four seconds off his seed time to finish second in 2:06.33, while Indie's Michael Andrew picked up third in 2:08.11. In the women's 200 IM, Kansas City Blazers' Hannah Musser touched out Mizzou's Danielle Spradlin by the slimest of margins for the title, 2:20.08 to 2:20.09. Each cut at least a second and a half from their respective previous best times. Springfield's Bailee Nunn touched third in 2:21.21.
The Huskers' Taryn Collura cruised to victory in the women's 50 free, clocking 26.14, while Rockwood's Lauren Votava edged Mizzou's Emily Doucette for second, 26.57 to 26.61. Le, meanwhile, moved up on the podium from his runner-up finish in the 200 IM, touching out Greater Omaha's Jacob Molacek in the second finish of the night decided by one one-hundredth of a second. Le touched in 23.43, while Molacek finished in 23.44, and Mizzou's Logan Mosley came in just behind at 23.46.
Kansas Aquatics' squad of Sofiia Filatova, Bryce Hinde, Deanna Marks, and Haley Molden edged the Huskers' for the win in the 400 medley relay, 4:17.30 to 4:17.54. Columbia Swim Club touched third in 4:21.41. Missouri State's Jack Snow, Aaron Dennis, Le, and Schuermann grabbed the title in the men's relay in 3:50.32. Greater Omaha came in second at 3:51.80, while the Kansas City Blazers ended up third in 3:54.30.
Results: Speedo Sectionals, Columbia: Day Four