COLUMBIA, Missouri, November 1. THE immense depth of Texas A&M’s women’s team was too much for the Missouri women’s swimming and diving squad, and despite some tough races, the Aggies won the meet handily 163-120.
The Missouri men’s team won their meet in the same fashion, overpowering the Texas A&M men’s team 186-114.
Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson, the top swimmer in the country in the women’s 100 breast, cruised through the race to win in 1:00.05. It’s less than a second off her nation-leading time of 59.23 from the Texas dual meet a couple of weeks ago but is still much faster than anyone has swum so far this season. Katharine Ross of Missouri, ranked seventh in the nation with a 1:01.54, improved on her season best with a 1:01.32 that keeps her at her current standing.
Missouri’s Sam Tierney, who is ranked seventh with a 55.13, got close to his season best with a winning time of 55.19. With former NCAA All-American breaststroker Greg Rhodenbaugh as head coach, it might be no surprise that the two men’s breaststroke events were the only races in which Missouri swept the top three places. Mark Conroy was second in the 100 breast with a 56.31, while Igor Kozlovskij took third with a 56.66. Kozlovskij was second to Tierney in the 200 breast, with Tierney posting a 2:01.02 to Kozlovskij’s 2:04.34. Michael Rokita was third in 2:06.16.
Carter Griffin put himself in the top 10 nationally in the 200 back with a dominating swim, posting a 1:46.08. Griffin is now eighth in the country and less than two seconds off his lifetime best of 1:44.38, posted this past March.
Besides Larson’s 100 breast win, the other top swim on the women’s side was the battle for first in the 100 fly. Missouri’s Dani Barbiea won with a 54.26 over A&M’s Sammie Bosma, who put up a 54.67. The swims are just outside the top 10 in the collegiate standings.
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