COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou men’s swimming program qualified 12 Tigers to the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the NCAA announced on Wednesday (March 13). The 12 qualifiers shattered the previous Missouri high of eight set in 2015 and is tied for fourth nationally for the most invited swimmers.
Seniors Luke Mankus (Keller, Texas), Mikel Schreuders (Oranjestad, Aruba), Jordan O’Brien (Naperville, Ill.) and Jacob Wielinski (Mounds View, Minn.), juniors Nick Alexander (St. Louis, Mo.), Daniel Hein (Sycamore, Ill.), Caleb Hicks (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Giovanny Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Micah Slaton (Austin, Texas) and freshmen Jack Dahlgren (Victoria, Minn.), Jack DuBois (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Danny Kovac (Fort Collins, Colo.) will represent the Tigers at the Championships, March 27-30, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
Missouri is also eligible to swim all five relays: the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. The Tigers’ relay-only swimmers include seniors Anthony Ashley (Houston, Texas) and Alex Walton (Wilton, Iowa), sophomore Grant Reed (Austin, Texas) and freshman Kyle Leach (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
In the diving well, senior Kyle Goodwin (Aurora, Colo.) and freshman Ike Khamis (Richmond, Ind.) both punched NCAA tickets at this week’s NCAA Zone D Diving Championships, putting Mizzou’s NCAA contingent at the maximum 18 individuals.
Schreuders made it a perfect four-for-four in NCAA invites, with berths in the 50, 100 and 200 free. The senior is seeded second in the 200 free on the heels of his 2019 SEC title and SEC meet record in the event last month. He also enters the Championships ranked ninth in the 100 free and 15th in the 50 free. Schreduers, a 2016 Olympian for Aruba, claimed All-America honorable mentions honors in the 200 free last season and owns one first team and five honorable mention accolades as part of Mizzou relays over his career.
Also earned invitations in three events was Alexander, who will compete in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM. The junior, who also qualified for NCAAs as a sophomore a year ago, is the 13th seed in the 200 back, 17th in the 200 IM and 28th in the 100 back.
Wielsinki secured a bid in the 1650 free for the second consecutive season. Thanks to a time drop last weekend, he is seeded 19th in the mile with a season-best time of 14.48.61. The senior, who can also swim the 400 IM and 500 free, claimed All-America honorable mention accolades in the 1650 free as a junior a year ago.
Hein punched his ticket in the 100 back for the second season in a row. The junior, who broke Mizzou’s 100 back record at last month’s SECs, is seeded 21st in the event and can also compete in the 200 back and 100 fly at the meet. He is a two-time All-America first team selection as part of Tiger relays as a freshman.
Joining Schreuders in the 200 free will be Lima. The junior claimed his second straight berth as he qualified 30th in the event. Lima can also swim the 500 free at NCAAs.
Seven Tigers earned the first NCAA bids of their careers on Wednesday, including Dahlgren, DuBois, Hicks, Kovac, Mankus, O’Brien and Slaton.
Both Mankus and O’Brien claimed berths in their final collegiate seasons thanks to swims in the past two weeks.
Mankus qualified in the 50 free, where his 19.28 ranks him 23rd in the event. The senior, who can also swim the 100 fly, earned All-America first team honors on Mizzou’s 200 free relay team as a sophomore in 2017.
O’Brien nabbed an invite in the 100 breast with his season-best time of 51.15, set last weekend. He is the 17th seed in the event at NCAAs and is eligible to swim the 200 breast as well. The senior has NCAA experience as he swam on Mizzou’s medley relays at the 2018 Championships.
The SEC 100 breast runner-up, Hicks earned his first career berth to the NCAA Championships in that event. His SEC time of 51.80 puts him as the ninth seed in that race, while he can also compete in the 50 free and 100 fly.
Slaton also nabbed the first Championships invite of his Tiger career with a spot in the 200 fly, where he sits seeded 21st in the event. He swam on three of Mizzou’s NCAA relay teams a season ago, and can also swim the 100 fly at the Championships.
Dahlgren earned NCAA invites in a pair of events, the 200 free and 200 back. He enters the meet as the 15th seed in the 200 free and 26th in the 200 back, and is also eligible to swim the 500 free at the Championships.
A big swim at last weekend’s Region VIII Speedo Sectional put Kovac into the NCAA field in the 200 IM. The freshman dropped more than a half a second in the event to rank 19th in the 200 IM entering the Championships with a time of 1:43.10, and can also swim the 100 fly and 100 breast at the meet.
The third Tiger freshman to earn a bid was DuBois, who made the meet in the 500 free. He enters NCAAs seeded 28th in the 500 free with his school record time of 4:17.79, which he swam at the SEC Championships. DuBois is also eligible to compete in the 200 and 1650 free.
2019 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING QUALIFIERS
Invited Event (Ranking and qualifying time in parenthesis)
200 Free Relay (10th, 1:16.68)
400 Free Relay (10th, 2:50.05)
800 Free Relay (4th, 6:11.77)
200 Medley Relay (9th, 1:23.49)
400 Medley Relay (, 3:03.37)
200 Back (13th, 1:39.98)
200 IM (17th, 1:43.04)
100 Back (28th, 45.93)
200 Free (15th, 1:33.33)200 Back (25th, 1:40.99)
500 Free (28th, 4:15.79)
100 Back (21st, 45.69)
100 Breast (9th, 51.80)
200 IM (19th, 1:43.10)
200 Free (30th, 1:34.21)
50 Free (23rd, 19.28)
100 Breast (17th, 52.15)
200 Free (2nd, 1:31.27)
100 Free (9th, 41.96)
50 Free (15th, 19.24)
200 Fly (21st, 1:41.86)
1650 Free (19th, 14:48.61)