3 Missouri swimmers advance to national finals

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 9:58 p.m. CDT; updated 11:14 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Missouri swimming and diving team took to the pool en masse Thursday at the U.S. Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif. The Tigers had 15 competitors in the four individual events.

The top 16 competitors from Thursday's morning preliminary heats qualified for Thursday night's finals. Missouri saw three swimmers advance to finals Thursday night.

Carter Griffin achieved the Tigers' best finish by taking sixth place in the A final of the men's 200-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 58.87 seconds, which was won by 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary in 1:54.73.

In finals of the 200-meter breaststroke, Missouri's Sam Tierney finished 15th in 2:15.08. Danielle Barbiea competed in the women's 50-meter butterfly finals and grabbed 11th place in 26.96 seconds.

From Thursday's morning results, Griffin had the best prelim race for Missouri. He took sixth in prelims of the 200 backstroke with a 1:58.94. Austin Fish was Missouri's only other male in the 200-meter backstroke, and he finished 76th in 2:09.07.

Barbiea nearly missed a top-eight finish needed for the A final, but she made it to the B final of the 50 butterfly with her ninth-place prelim time of 26.92 seconds. In the men's 50-meter butterfly, Andrew Sansoucie took 42nd in 24.96 seconds.

In the men's 200-meter breaststroke, Tierney qualified for the B final by swimming 2:14.64 in the morning preliminary and finishing 16th. Also competing was Eddie Mapel, who took 59th in 2:19.73. 

The women's 200 backstroke included Missouri's Hannah Stevens and Madison Bridges. Stevens ended up 33rd in 2:16.02, and Bridges finished 67th in 2:20.38.

Abby Duncan led four Missouri swimmers in the women's 200 breaststroke, finishing 21st in 2:32.28. Other Tigers were Katharine Ross (29th, 2:34.02), Lauren Stoeckle (41st, 2:35.11), and Danielle Spradlin (68th, 2:39.58).

Andrew Phillips and Eegan Groome competed in the men's 200-meter freestyle. Phillips finished 39th in 1:51.38, and Groome took 63rd in 1:52.97. Anna Patterson was Missouri's only swimmer in the women's 200 free, and she ended up 80th in 2:06.35.

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