Ben Patton’s 51.50 A Cut in 100 Breast Highlights Day 2 of Mizzou Invitational

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 26: Swimmers compete during the Prelims of the Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on March 26, 2021 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Carlos Morales/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Ben Patton; Photo Courtesy: Carlos Morales

Ben Patton’s 51.50 A Cut in 100 Breast Highlights Day 2 of Mizzou Invitational

Ben Patton clocked in at 51.50 seconds in the men’s 100 breaststroke in prelims, the only NCAA A cut of the second day of the Mizzou Invitational.

Patton would return at night to win the event in 51.68, leading a parade of six NCAA B cuts. Second was teammate Tyler Spillane in 52.48.

Missouri holds sizeable leads in both the men’s and women’s competition after two days of the meet.

Mizzou Invitational

Women

  1. Missouri 916.5
  2. Nebraska 634
  3. Wyoming 422.5
  4. California Baptist 249
  5. San Jose State 196
  6. North Carolina 70
  7. BYU 51
  8. Iowa State 25
  9. Northern Iowa 10

Men

  1. Missouri 927-5
  2. California Baptist 551
  3. Wyoming 384.5
  4. Missouri S&T 332
  5. North Carolina 81
  6. BYU 51

Meredith Rees helped the Tigers to a quick start to the night session. The Missouri 200 medley relay nabbed an NCAA B cut in 1:36.41, Rees leading off and teaming with Kayla Jones, Sarah Thompson and Megan Keil. Rees then won the 100 fly in 53.49, an NCAA B cut. She added another B cut by finishing second in the 100 backstroke in 52.83 (she was 52.58 in prelims) to finish behind Thompson (51.59 in finals).

Katrina Brathwaite of Missouri won the 100 breaststroke in a B cut of 1:00.62.

Danny Kovac and Luke Davis went 1-2 for Missouri in the 100 fly, both in NCAA B cuts. Kovac went 45.31 to win, within four tenths of an A cut. Jack Dubois won the 400 individual medley in 3:46.75, an NCAA B cut; ditto Jack Dahlgren in the 200 free (1:33.60), a clear three-seconds ahead of teammate Calvin Windle. Grant Bochenski won the men’s 100 back in a B cut of 47.52. Jacob Leahy of California Baptist finished second, though he was faster in the morning at 47.49.

Nebraska picked up a pair of wins on the women’s side. Berkeley Livingston won the 400 IM in 4:17.10, an NCAA B cut. Autumn Haebig picked up a second win of the meet with a time of 1:46.00, a B cut, in the 200 free. Haebig also anchored a winning 800 free relay squad.

North Carolina picked up two more diving wins on the day. Aranza Vazquez Montano led a 1-2 with Paige Burrell in the women’s 1-meter with her score of 322.90. Anton Down Jenkins parlayed his 1-meter title into 3-meter gold with a score of 431.05.

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