COLUMBIA — Roommates Sam Tierney and Mack Darragh got a little competitive Thursday night.
The pair of sophomores on the Missouri men's swimming team both broke school records during the first day of the fifth annual Mizzou Invite on Thursday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Although, one record ultimately proved more significant.
In the preliminaries of the 200 individual medley, Darragh set a new Tigers record with a 1:46.73 time. But a few minutes later, Tierney broke his roomate's mark with a 1:45.55 in a following heat.
“I didn’t even know I had it until I got back and the coaches said ‘You had the record for about a minute and 45 seconds,'” said Darragh, who admitted such things are not unusual for the close friends.
“Basically everything Mack and I do is a competition,” said Tierney, whose time in the event is the best in the Southeastern Conference this season. "We’re roommates, teammates and friends."
Tierney did not swim the evening final, but Darragh placed second in the event in 1:46.43 good for second on Missouri's all-time list.
The Tigers started the finals with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay. Max Grodecki, John Krause, Joe Hladik and Ramom Melo won in 1:18.40. The time broke Missouri's record by more than a second.
“To break a relay in that short of a distance is pretty impressive,” Tierney said. “ This shows that we’re in a good spot.”
Darragh said that he and Tierney might be competing for a spot in Friday's 800 freestyle relay.
“It could be either of us or both of us on the A relay,” Darragh said. “ Even if we’re not on the same relay I still want to swim faster than him.”
The three-day Mizzou Invite is set to conclude on Saturday. Through through seven of 21 events the Missouri men's team is winning with 481 points. UNLV is second with 297 points and Drury is in third with 251 points.
The Missouri women's team is also leading with 431 points. Boise State is in second with 263 points, and UNLV is third with 226.50.