Missouri swimmers, divers set program records in Day 3 at SEC Championships

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 9:51 p.m. CST

The Missouri swimming and diving team left the pool at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Thursday with two school records and two top-eight finishes.

It was Day Three of the four-day 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

Freshmen Michael Chadwick (200-meter free) and Ellie Suek (400 individual medley) broke program marks, while juniors Danielle Barbiea (100 fly) and Loren Figueroa (3-meter dive) earned finishes of sixth and eighth, respectively.

With one day of competition left, the Tiger men sit seventh in the SEC with 343 points and the women are in eighth with 281.

Chadwick narrowly missed a spot in a championship final in the 200 free with his record-breaking performance in the prelims. He placed 10th with a prelims time of 1:35.63, besting junior Eegan Groome’s previous mark of 1:35.81.

Suek, who took third in the consolation final, clocked a school-record time of 4:12.85, breaking Jill Granger’s old mark of 4:13.56. Additionally, Suek’s time was a full three seconds faster than her prelims time of 4:15.85, which was then a career best. 

Barbiea became Missouri's first swimmer to advance to a championship final with a top-three prelims time in the women’s 100 fly. She ultimately took sixth in the event with a 52.49 in finals, which bettered her 2013 SEC Championship finish of eighth.

In the diving well, Figueroa finished eighth in women’s 3-meter. She scored a 309.35 in the finals to take eighth in the event.

Georgia leads the women with 879 points, and Florida leads the men with 773.5.

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