Invitational Week Recap: Northwestern, Missouri, Houston, Rutgers Events

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

By Jason Tillotson.

This past week played host to several insanely fast collegiate invitationals. The collegiate season is always jam packed with fast swimming around this time and with so many meets taking place at once, it can be hard to keep up with all the exciting action.

Here you’ll find team scores, some highlights and links to results for some of the smaller invitationals, that may have not hit the national spotlight over the weekend, but still had some speedy swims.

TYR Invitational (Northwestern)

Full Results

Overall scores:


  1. Northwestern University 1190
  2. Michigan State University 705
  3. Ohio University 563
  4. Grand Canyon University 480
  5. Fresno State University 399
  6. Illinois at Chicago 357
  7. Truman State University 252
  8. Saint Louis 232
  9. Illinois State University 11


  1. Northwestern University 890
  2. Michigan State University 867
  3. Grand Canyon University 721
  4. Saint Louis 532
  5. Illinois at Chicago 404
  6. Truman State University 372

The Northwestern hosted, TYR Invite saw several Division I mid-major programs put up big numbers as the host team took both the men’s and women’s team titles.

Some of the meet’s top swims included a 1:57.82 from Northwestern’s IM star, Calypso Sheridan. Sheridan’s time broke the pool record and earned her an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

Grand Canyon Senior Mazen El Kamash posted a 19.80 in the 50 free to win the event and put himself in the running to be invited to Division I NCAA’s. El Kamash’s teammate Mark Nikolaev posted the nation’s fastest 100 backstroke with his 45.22.

Grand Canyon continued their successful weekend by earning an NCAA ‘A’ cut in their men’s 200 medley relay with a 1:24.46.

Mizzou Invitational

Full Results

Overall scores:


  1. Missouri, 1,411
  2. Drury 683.5
  3. Wyoming 671.5
  4. Oklahoma Baptist 419
  5. South Dakota State 352
  6. Cincinnati 67


  1. Missouri, 1,391.5
  2. Nebraska, 774.5
  3. Wyoming, 486
  4. Drury, 378
  5. Illinois, 339
  6. UC Davis, 276
  7. Oklahoma Baptist, 107
  8. South Dakota State, 100
  9. Iowa State, 45
  10. Cincinnati, 40
  11. Nebraska-Omaha, 2

The Mizzou Tigers did a successful job at defending their home pool from DII powerhouses like Drury and UC Davis as both the men’s and women’s squads earned team titles over the weekend.

Mizzou senior Kira Zubar managed to dip under the 4:40 mark in the 500 by posting a 4:38.80. Fellow lady Tiger, Sharli Brady, swam a 4:04.37 for the win in the 400 IM.

On the men’s side, Tiger freshman Mikel Schreuders posted a swift 1:33.24 in the 200 freestyle while his teammate Jacob Wielinski dipped under the 15:00 mark in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 14:59.10.

Houston Invitational

Full Results

Overall scores:


  1. Houston, University of 1542.5
  2. Rice University 1344
  3. Tulane University Swimming 879.5
  4. Vanderbilt University 603
  5. Colorado State University 543
  6. New Mexico, University of 500
  7. U.S. Air Force Academy 475
  8. Northern Colorado, University 444
  9. Idaho, University of 367

The Houston Invite played host to exclusively women’s teams this weekend.

The 500 freestyle saw a 4:42.77 out of New Mexico’s Adriana Palomino, which gave her an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the event. The Houston duo of senior Ksenia Yuskova and Zarena Brown earned a 1-2 finish and NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:44.88 and 1:44.89, respectively.

Frank Elm Invitational (Rutgers)

Full Results

Overall scores:

  1. U.S. Naval Academy 1648
  2. Rutgers University Swimming 1447.5
  3. Columbia University 1229.5
  4. Northeastern University 1160.5
  5. James Madison University 763
  6. Liberty University 677
  7. Wagner College 553
  8. Central Connecticut State Univ 406
  9. Long Island University Post 360.5
  10. University of Virginia 292
  11. Liu Brooklyn Blackbirds 282
  12. University of Massachussetts 142
  13. West Virginia University 139
  14. University of Connecticut 39

This massive invite played host to fourteen different teams from an array of conferences, which provided for many exciting races.

Northeastern University’s Megan Clark was the only one to dip under the 50-second barrier this weekend with a 49.51, which earned her a new meet record.

Lauren Barber out of the U.S. Naval Academy won both breaststroke events in 1:01.96 and 2:14.18, respectively.



  1. avatar
    Steve Schaffer

    Lots to cover, I know, but you missed Mark Nikolaev’s 400 Medley Relay lead-off split of 44.99. THAT, was the fastest 100 Back to date.

  2. avatar

    And mikel shrueders has been around awhile… definitely not a freshman

Author: Jason Tillotson

Jason Tillotson is a junior at American University where he is majoring in Foreign Language Communication with a minor in Marketing. He is also a coach for Nation's Capital Swim Club.

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