Mikel Schreuders Hits SEC Meet Record 1:31.61 in 800 FR Relay Lead-Off


Flying out to give the Missouri Tigers a huge lead to start off the men’s 800 free relay tonight was Mikel Schreuders. The senior was out in 43.91, well ahead of the field early on, and then kept charging to hit the wall at 1:31.61. That time clears the SEC meet record, a 1:31.73 done in 2011 by former Florida Gator and Olympian Conor Dwyer, by over a tenth of a second.

Schreuders took off massive time from his old best, a 1:32.92 from the 2018 NCAA Championships where he led off Mizzou’s 800 free relay to a 9th place finish. Individually, he was 1:33.16 at the meet to take 10th at the meet. He launches himself from 58th all-time in the event all the way to 14th, just behind Jack Conger and Matias Koski (tied at 1:31.54 for 12th). Remember when Simon Burnett’s 2006 U.S. Open and NCAA record of 1:31.20 seemed way out of anyone’s reach?

While Schreuders broke the meet record, the SEC open record is technically the 1:31.18 done by Zach Apple at the 2018 NCAA Champs when he was still at Auburn. Apple is now a senior and has transferred to finish out his eligibility at Indiana. Koski, who swam at Georgia, is 2nd in the SEC open all-time rankings and Schreuders third.

Mizzou wound up touching 2nd (6:11.77) in the event after being run down by Florida (6:10.50), while both teams broke the SEC meet record for the 800 relay as a whole.

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3 years ago

Yeah, but Jack Dahlgren right there! #Clutch can’t wait to see his individual swims.

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3 years ago

Watched the video after the fact – what a kick that kid has!

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3 years ago

can you share it?

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3 years ago

It’s on the SwimSwam article for Florida setting the relay meet record.

3 years ago

Holy Batquano!!! Great swim by Schreuders. Congratulations to UF for a fine relay in the post- Troy/Dressel era. Tomorrow will be a fan-tastic for we fans day to enjoy. Go all swimmers – KEEP THE GREAT SWIMMING acoming.

3 years ago

What a great swim! MIZ!!!

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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