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The Missouri S&T swimming team finished the three-day Mizzou Invitational Sunday with 13 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Diviision II Championships that will take place in Houston in March.
The last of the qualifiers came on Sunday when Aaron Schmidt made the mark in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:50.20.
Jeff Enge, who had already made an automatic mark in four events in the first two days of the meet, finished third in the event after recording a 1:49.56 in the finals.
Zlatan Hamzic picked up the Miners’ first event victory of the weekend in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:00.29, an event where Zach Lemons placed fifth in 2:04.16.
David Sanchez-Turner and Kyle Gordon fell under the automatic mark in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 45.11 and 45.36, respectively. Sanchez-Turner wound up finishing fourth in the finals while Gordon ended up in eighth. Phil Arve also posted a time under the automatic standard in the 200-yard butterfly as he finished seventh in the event; his best time of the day was 1:51.64.
Andrew Trowbridge also had a fourth place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:46.64 and the Miners’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Andrew Schranck, Gordon, Hamilton Vernon and Sanchez-Turner took third in a school record time of 3:00.69.
Over the course of the weekend, the Miners — who finished fourth in the meet behind Missouri, Iowa and Missouri State — established new school records in the 200-yard individual medley (Schranck at 1:50.57) and in three relay events: the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.89), 400-medley relay (3:19.79) and 400-freestyle relay Missouri S&T’s next competition will take place after the holidays when it participates in the Washington University Invitational on Jan. 16 and 17 in St. Louis.
Missouri S&T added four additional national qualifiers Saturday — increasing its number to 12 — during the second day of the three-day Mizzou Invitational.
The latest additions to the list of national entries came through the two relays that were contested Saturday. Brian Howell and Paul Reinisch made it as part of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished third in the finals with a time of 1:31.57, while Andrew Trowbridge and Phil Arve qualified with the 800-yard freestyle relay as that team posted a time of 6:48.73.
The 200-medley relay team also included Zlatan Hamzic and Kyle Gordon, who had already hit automatic qualifying times on Friday. The Miners’ 800-free relay team also had previous qualifiers in Jeff Enge and Danny Murphy to help the other two qualify for the March meet in Houston, Texas.
The Miners had three top eight finishers in the 400-yard individual medley Saturday in Danny Murphy (fifth in 4:02.06), Zach Lemons (sixth in 4:02.37) and Jeff Enge (seventh in 4:03.00). All three, who also had national spots locked up Friday as well, had times under the automatic standard in that event in both the preliminaries and finals Saturday.
Two additional Friday qualifiers, Andrew Schranck and Hamzic, went under the automatic standard in events Saturday. Schranck did so in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.95 in that event Saturday and Hamzic in the 100-breaststroke when he placed second in 56.26 after posting a 55.71 in the morning session.
Also on Saturday, the Miners got a seventh place finish from David Sanchez-Turner in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.52 and an eighth from Enge in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.36 seconds.