Bama’s McKee Wins 2 As Crimson Tide and Mizzou Split Dual Meet

ALABAMA VS MISSOURI

  • Results
  • Hosted by University of Missouri
  • Friday, October 14th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format

FINAL TEAM SCORES:

  • Men- Alabama 183, Missouri 114

  • Women- Missouri 167, Alabama 132

In their first road meet of the season, the Alabama men brought home an SEC dual meet win over Missouri. On the women’s side, however, it was the Tigers who came out on top.

Alabama senior Anton McKee was a double individual event winner for the Crimson Tide today. McKee and Missouri breaststroke standout Fabian Schwingenschloegl went head-to-head in the 200 breast, coming to the wall within 2 tenths of each other. McKee won the race in 1:59.26 before picking up another win in the 400 IM, where he clocked a3:58.65 to edge out Missouri’s Nick Alexander by hundredths.

Junior Mia Nonnenberg won all 3 of her individual events for the Crimson Tide women. Her first 2 wins came in the distance freestyles, where she clocked a 10:08.29 in the 1000 free and a 4:55.45 in the 500 free. She closed the meet with a victory in the 400 IM, touching the wall in 4:14.78.

Missouri’s Katharine Ross and Rachel Hayden brought home a pair of wins each to help the Tiger women to victory. Hayden was the lone woman under 1:50 in the 200 free, winning the race in 1:49.90. She also won the 100 free with a 50.98. Ross, on the other hand, swept the breaststroke races with a 1:01.19 in the 100 breast and a 2:15.37 in the 200 breast.

Michael Chadwick battled with Alabama’s Zane Waddell in the sprint freestyles, sweeping those races for the Tigers. Both men were sub-20 in the 50 free, with Chadwick posting a 19.81 to Waddell’s 19.95. Chadwick then went on to win the 100 free with his 43.28 ahead of Waddell (44.39).

PRESS RELEASE – ALABAMA:

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Alabama men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split at Missouri in the Crimson Tide’s first road meet of the young season Friday afternoon. The Alabama men won 183-114 while the UA women fell 167-132.

“I was really pleased with how we performed today,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “This was probably the most complete team meet we’ve had since I’ve been at Alabama. I was very pleased with the really aggressive racing across the board. We won most of the close races and the ones we didn’t win, we were fighting to the wall and charging home.”

The Alabama men move to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Southeastern Conference competition while the Tide women go to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the SEC. The meet was an early season meeting of NCAA heavyweights. Alabama’s men were sixth at the national championships last season while Missouri was eighth, while Mizzou was 11th and the Tide was 28th at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Championships.

“Our spirit before, during and after the meet was finally where I’ve wanted it to be for the last four years,” Pursley said. “It’s been getting better along the way and today it was there throughout.

“It was just a really satisfying meet.”

Senior Anton McKee and junior Luke Kaliszak led the way for the Alabama men. McKee was the only member of the men’s team to pick up two individual wins, taking first in both the 200 breaststroke (1:59.26) and the 400 individual medley (1:59.26). Kaliszak won the 100 backstroke (47.42) and swam legs on the winning 200 medley relay (1:26.92) and 200 freestyle relay (1:21.25).

Senior Connor Oslin and freshman Robert Howard also swam legs on the winning 200 medley and freestyle relays while senior Pavel Romanov filled out the medley relay and senior Alex Gray anchored the free relay.

“It was just solid up and down the board,” Pursley said. “The veterans performed well and we had some great performances from the rookies as well.”

Freshman Daniel Kober picked up his first Crimson Tide win, touching the wall first in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:21.80. Senior Alex Gray picked up top honors in the 200 freestyle (1:38.02) while junior Will Freeman posted a 4:34.69 to win the 500 freestyle. Junior Taylor Charles won the 200 butterfly (1:49.71) and Christopher Reid won the 200 backstroke (1:45.44).

Junior Mia Nonnenberg continued her stellar junior season, winning three individual events on the day, pushing her season total to eight wins in three meets. Nonnenberg picked up the women’s first win of the day, taking top honors in the 1,000 freestyle (10:08.29), and went on to earn victories in the 500 free (4:55.45) and the 400 individual medley (4:14.78).

Junior Bailey Scott notched her third win of the season in the 50 freestyle after posting a 23.23 while junior Hannah Musser earned her fifth butterfly win of the season after taking first in the 100 butterfly in Columbia.

Junior Temarie Tomley, sophomore Morgan Fleming, Musser and Bailey combined to close the women’s meet by winning the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.07.

“Our women responded to the challenge today and swam tough,” Pursley said. “Even in the last event, when they knew they couldn’t win the meet, they still stepped up and won the relay and finished up on a positive note.”

Alabama remains on the road for its next meet, traveling to Auburn on Friday, Nov. 4 to take on in-state rival Auburn at 1 p.m.

PRESS RELEASE – MISSOURI:

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs split their Southeastern Conference openers against Alabama Friday afternoon at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The Tiger women defeated the Crimson Tide, 167-132 and the Tiger men suffered a 187-114 loss. Redshirt senior diver Lauren Reedy (Rochester Hills, Mich.) broke Mizzou’s 3-meter springboard school record during the meet.

Five different Tigers took home two event wins on the day: seniors Katharine Ross(Des Moines, Iowa), Reedy and Michael Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C.), junior Rachel Hayden (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Kyle Goodwin (Aurora, Colo.).

Reedy and Goodwin each swept the springboards. Reedy notched her school record 381.98 on 3-meter, besting Mizzou’s old mark of 376.05 set by Loren Figueroa in 2011, and give her possession of both springboard records. The senior also notched a 313.95 on 1-meter to win that event. Goodwin tallied scores of 329.48 on 1-meter and 382.43 on 3-meter to win his first two event titles of the season.

Junior Alexa Beckwith (Denver, Colo.) took second behind Reedy on 1-meter with a 298.28 and junior Madeline McKernan (Montgomery, Texas) placed second on 3-meter with 307.73 points.

Ross, who entered the meet with the nation’s top time in the 100 breast, swept the breaststroke events. She clocked a time of 1:01.19 in the 100 and a 2:15.37 in the 200.

On the men’s side, Chadwick swept the 50 and 100 free races. His winning 50 free time of 19.81 stands as the fastest time in the country this season, while he also clocked a 43.28 in the 100 free.

Hayden, the other double winner of the day, claimed wins in both the 100 and 200 events. She swam a 50.98 in the 100 free and a 1:49.90 in the 200 free. She has now won four individual event titles in two meets for far this season.

The women opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, where freshmanHaley Hynes (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Ross and juniors Erin Metzger-Seymour(Westminster, Colo.) and Hannah Stevens (Lexington, Ohio) combined to swim a 1:40.92 to defeat the Crimson Tide.

Freshman Azra Avdic (Skokie, Ill.) claimed the first win of her career as she proved victorious in the 200 fly in 2:00.13, just ahead of junior Sharli Brady (Burlington, Ky.) in 2:00.40.

In the men’s 100 breast, senior Fabian Schwingenschlogl touched the wall in 54.25 to mark the second-fastest time in the country in 2016.

The Mizzou women dominated the backstroke events against Alabama. Stevens led a top three finish by the Tigers in the 100 back after a swim of 54.36. She was followed by senior Nadine Laemmler (Wackersdorf, Germany) in second in 54.59 and freshmanSam Coloma (Pittsburg, Calif.) in third in 55.50. Laemmler then took top honors in the 200 back with a time of 1:59.29, ahead of freshman Jennifer King (Glasgow, Scotland), who placed second in 2:01.02.

Missouri’s final winner of the day was senior Andrew Sansoucie (Wentzville, Mo.), who took first in the 100 fly in 48.08.

The Tigers next hit the pool Nov. 4-5 for a two-day meet against Kentucky, Northwestern and Southern Illinois in Lexington, Ky.

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Rookery

Wow, really didn’t see McKee dropping a 1:59 in the 400 IM so early in the season. If he can take a minute and a half off the national record in October, what can we expect in March?

Lauren Neidigh

Seems like someone made a typo in Alabama’s press release

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