MU swimming goes for NCAA cutoff marks in last-chance meet

Friday, January 31, 2014 | 9:20 p.m. CST; updated 10:02 p.m. CST, Friday, January 31, 2014
Missouri swimmer Andrew Phillips finishes in second place in the men's 500-yard competition at Mizzou Aquatic Center on Friday with a time of 4:28.89.

COLUMBIA Missouri swimmers kicked off day one of the final tune-up meet before the Southeastern Conference Championships in mid-February.

The Tigers competed alongside 14 club teams from mid-Missouri, Kansas City and Topeka, Kan. Missouri, the only college team participating, dominated most events.

The Tiger Invitational has been nicknamed the "last chance meet" because it is the final opportunity for swimmers to earn NCAA qualifying times before the championship season.

Missouri hoped to add to its one individual A cut, held by junior Danielle Barbiea in the 100 butterfly, and its 61 individual B cuts.

Swimmers who make the A cut are guaranteed a spot at the NCAA Championships. Those with B cuts are considered for spots based on how many total swimmers get A cuts.

Day two of the meet begins Saturday with a morning session at 9 a.m. and concludes with an evening session starting at 5 p.m. The meet will take place at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

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