Missouri swimmers qualify for NCAA Championships at Mizzou Invite

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 10:28 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Thursday was a record-setting day for several Missouri swimmers at the Mizzou Invite.

Over the course of morning preliminary and evening final rounds, Missouri had three "A cut" NCAA Championship qualifying times in the men's and women's 400-yard medley relay, and in the women's 100-yard fly, swam by junior Danielle Barbiea.


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The "A cut" times automatically qualify a swimmer or group, depending on the event, for NCAA Championships in the spring.

As of Thursday night, Barbiea's times in the 100-yard fly and both 400-yard medleys were the fastest in the nation. Logan Mosley and Sam Tierney of the men's squad also had the nation's fastest times in the 100-yard fly and 200-yard individual medley, respectively.

Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said he was impressed by both teams' performances, but he still expects more from his team.

"When you get 'A cuts,' it's awesome, and when you go faster than anybody in the nation it's awesome," Rhodenbaugh said. "But we need a few more stepping up and doing it."

Rhodenbaugh says he expects to see solid performances out of his swimmers as the meet continues Friday and Saturday, but especially in the men's and women's 200-yard medley relay teams, the breaststrokers on both teams, as well as the men's backstrokers. 

"The (400 yard) medley relays kind of point to the next two days of competition," Rhodenbaugh said.

A number of Missouri swimmers also swam individual best times on Thursday.

"We've got people that were in the NCAA top eight last year that are going for best times here," Rhodenbaugh said. "Dani's (Barbiea) time in the 100 fly would have won NCAAs last year."

Preliminary heats will continue Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and finals for those events will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m.

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