Sarah Thompson’s 51.9 100 Back Highlights Missouri’s Win Over TCU

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Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

The Mizzou men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams notched 11 NCAA ‘B’ cuts and won 30 total events as the squads swept TCU in the teams’ season openers on Friday morning at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

  • Results
  • Men: Missouri 183.5, TCU 113.5
  • Women: Missouri 193, TCU 100

Overall, 10 Tigers won multiple events, including junior Megan Keil (Derby, Kan.) and sophomore Ben Patton (Wichita, Kan.), who both claimed three wins apiece.

Patton took home top honors in the 100 back, 100 free and 200 IM, with times of 48.65, 44.45 and 1:47.94, respectively. Keil won the 50 free and 100 free and tied sophomore Meredith Rees (Colorado Springs, Colo.) for the 100 fly win. Her 50 free time of 22.18 was only 0.11 off her personal best and easily would have qualified for last year’s NCAA Championships.

The Tigers swept all four events in the diving well, with junior Sarah Rousseau (Melbourne, Fla.) and sophomore Carlo Lopez (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) both sweeping the springboards. Lopez posted scores of 314.93 on 1-meter and 352.73 on 3-meter to earn his wins, while Rousseau went 284.10 on 3-meter and 302.78 on 3-meter.

Junior Danny Kovac (Fort Collins, Colo.) clocked three NCAA ‘B’ cuts on the day, in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly, and claimed first-place finishes in the 50 free (19.74) and 100 fly (46.08). Also with three ‘B’ cuts was senior Sarah Thompson (Collierville, Tenn.), in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. The senior won the 100 back in 51.92, also a time that would have easily earned an NCAA berth a season ago.

Additional double winners in the meet were senior Amanda Smith (Dry Ridge, Ky.) in the 200 back and 200 IM), juniors Jack Dahlgren (Victoria, Minn.) in the 200 free and 200 back, Jack Dubois (Alpharetta, Ga.) in the 500 free and 1000 free, Kayla Jones (St. Charles, Ill.) in the 100 breast and 200 breast, and Ana Pozder (Apex, N.C.) in the 200 fly and 500 free.

Mizzou Head Coach Andrew Grevers

“We figured out a lot of these athletes haven’t competed in eight months. It was a big moment where we told our athletes don’t waste an opportunity. We’re so grateful that TCU came out and traveled up to compete against us today and created some competition for us. All we can do is control our attitude and effort today, take advantage of these opportunities and throw down some great performances, and that’s exactly what we did today.”

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