Missouri Men Sweep Kentucky and SIU, Women Fall to Arkansas in Conference Opener

COLUMBIA, Missouri, October 26. THE Mizzou men's swimming and diving team claimed 14-of-16 event titles as the squad posted wins over Kentucky and SIU Southeastern Conference opener Friday afternoon in the at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The Tigers defeated Kentucky 205-93 and SIU 229-67.

Junior diver David Bonuchi, and sophomores Mack Darragh, Eegan Groome and Sam Tierney all recorded two event wins during the meet. Bonuchi once again claimed the 1 and 3-meter dives with scores of 377.65 and 392.05, respectively. Darragh took home the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.31 and the 200 IM after a swim of 1:52.63. Groome was victorious in the 200 free (1:40.38) and the 500 free (4:31.60). Tierney won both the 100 back and 200 breast with times of 48.66 and 2:01.24, respectively.

The Tigers opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as the team of sophomore Sam Tierney, junior Mark Conroy, senior John Krause and sophomore Ramom Melo clocked a time of 1:29.63. Mizzou's `B' team of senior Joe Hladik, sophomore Igor Kozlovskij, senior Ryan Sellers and freshman Max Grodecki came in second with a time of 1:31.63.

Freshman Daniel Graviss swam a 9:28.22 in the 1000 free to claim first, while Groome finished second in 9:32.18.

Conroy led a one-two-three sweep for the Tigers in the 100 breast as the junior finished in first with a time of 55.84. Kozlovskij came in second-place in 56.57 and senior Jowan Qupty was third in 56.81.

Grodecki swam 45.83 in the 100 free to finish in first place. He was followed by Melo, who had a time of 46.40 to come in second. Melo earned an event title of his own in the 50 free, as he swam a 20.85.

In the 200 back, senior John Higgins claimed first with a swim of 1:49.66, followed by Fish in second in 1:51.65.

Freshman Clark Thomas earned second-place honors in the 3-meter dive with a score of 323.85.

Mizzou hits the road for the first time this season on Friday, Nov. 9 for a 2 p.m. CT clash with No. 9 Georgia

Team Scores

Mizzou 205, Kentucky 93

Mizzou 229, SIU 67

Kentucky 193, SIU 105

COLUMBIA, Missouri, October 26. THE Mizzou women's swimming and diving team posted wins over Kentucky and SIU and suffered a loss to Arkansas during the Tigers' Southeastern Conference opener Friday afternoon at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Missouri posted a 164-135 victory over Kentucky and a 215-84 win over SIU but fell to Arkansas, 197-103.

Senior Cassie Cunningham highlighted the meet with wins in both the 100 back and 50 free. Cunningham swam a 55.33 to earn top honors in the 100 back and had a time of 23.40 in the 50 free.

In the diving well, junior Loren Figueroa continued her solid form to place first in the 1-meter dive. Figueroa, who posted a score of 285.70 to win the event, has won all three 1-meter events she has entered so far this season.

In the opening event of the day, the 200 medley relay team of Cunningham, senior Rachel Ripley, freshman Danielle Barbiea and sophomore Emily Doucette finished in second with a time of 1:42.72, which was just 0.03 behind first-place Arkansas.

The Tigers also had a number of individual second-place finishes during the meet. Freshman Anna Patterson swam a 1:51.57 in the 200 free to come in second, senior Dominique Bouchard was second in the 200 back with 1:58.80, Danielle Barbiea had a time of 55.72 in the 100 fly and Ripley finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.78.

In the final event of the meet, the Tiger 400 free relay squad of Cunningham, senior Sydney Schaefer, Bouchard and Patterson placed second in 3:26.82. The time was almost three seconds faster than Mizzou posted in the same event last week.

Mizzou hits the road for the first time this season on Friday, Nov. 9 for a 2 p.m. CT clash with No. 9 Georgia.

Team Scores
Mizzou 164, Kentucky 135
Mizzou 215, SIU 84
Arkansas 197, Mizzou 103
Kentucky 212, SIU 87
Arkansas 212, Kentucky 88
Arkansas 244, SIU 56

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