COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 18. MISSOURI Aquatics continues to lead the Speedo Champions Series Region VIII sectional meet after three days of competition at its home pool, thanks to a couple more top-three finishes tonight. Missouri leads the team standings with 659 points, while the Kansas City Blazers are second with 501 points.
Night three of the Columbia sectional meet kicked off with finals of the women’s and men’s 400 free. Anna Mayfield, swimming unattached for Arkansas, led the way in 4:17.37, two seconds in front of Club Huskers’ Katarina Sickle (4:19.39). Lauren Jordan, also competing unattached for Arkansas, rounded out the top three in 4:19.50. In the men’s final heat, Missouri’s Eegan Groome and Arkansas Dolphins’ Minki Kang battled down to the very end, with Groome getting the better of Kang at the finish, 4:00.48 to 4:00.79. Louis Behnen of the Kansas City Blazers edged a couple of others for third with a 4:01.05.
Nicole Daniels, competing unattached for Arkansas, had the fastest 100 breast of the day at 1:10.21. Abigail Duncan of Missouri gave her all she could handle, taking second in 1:10.36, while Bailee Nunn of Springfield Aquatics touched third in 1:10.53. Missouri swept the top three spots in the men’s 100 breast, as Mark Conroy (1:02.69), Sam Tierney (1:03.73) and Igor Kozlovskij (1:03.82) finished 1-2-3.
Fourteen-year-old Taylor Pike of Razorback Aquatics was the class of the field in the women’s 200 fly, out-touching Hannah Musser of the Kansas City Blazers, 2:16.82 to 2:16.92. Columbia Swim Club’s Elizabeth Walker gave the host team a podium finish with her third place swim of 2:17.14. Sooner Swim Club’s Justin Wu captured the men’s title with a 2:02.74, three tenths in front of Missouri’s Martin Wallace (2:03.05). Alexander Tschopp kept the ball rolling for Columbia Swim Club with a third place effort of 2:07.11.
Hannah Stevens gave Missouri another win with her first place placing in the 100 back. Stevens touched in 1:01.98 to best Kansas Aquatics’ Yulduz Kuchkarova (1:02.67) and Arkansas’ Anna Mayfield (1:03.49). Missouri State’s Paul Le found himself on the podium once again, this time in the men’s 100 back. Le touched first in 55.54 to top Indie Swimming’s Michael Andrew (56.82) and Missouri’s Sam Tierney (57.34).
Club Huskers claimed the women’s 800 free relay title with Katarina Sickle, Taryn Collura, Kelly Dunn and Natalie Morris posting an 8:27.70. Rockwood Swim Club, represented by Jordan Stout, Taylor Paskoff, Charlsie Reneski and Tennyson Henry, came in second at 8:29.04. The Kansas City Blazers quartet of Lauren Peterson, Rilye Fries, Hannah Musser and Haley Hynes came in third at 8:33.34. The men’s 800 free relay title went to Missouri State’s Paul Le, Isaac McKnight, William Schuermann and Luke Snow in 7:44.58. Rockwood’s Jonathan Glaser, Justin King, Sean Feher and Nicholas Davis touched second in 7:51.96, while the Kansas City Blazers foursome of Jesse Musser, Philip Musser, Ryan Sweat and Louis Behnen touched third in 7:52.13.