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Six Tigers Achieve Personal Bests at SMU Classic

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Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri Swim and Dive closed out the first competition of its 2023-24 campaign at the SMU Classic in Dallas Saturday afternoon at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.

The Mizzou women took fourth place by culminating 242 points while USC took the crown, totaling 345. On the men’s side, the Tigers finished in fifth position with 234 points as Louisville claimed the title with 313 points.

Six Tiger swimmers broke personal records throughout the weekend, freshmen Logan Ottke, Peyton Drexler and junior Taylor Williams, who all notched multiple indivisual bests.

Ottke’s mark of 54.21 in the 100 breast and 1:57.91 in the 200 breast are both his all-time fastest times. Drexler crossed the finish with personal bests in the 200 free and 100 back, tabbing times of 1:49.46 and 55.36, respectively.

Williams’ career marks came in the 50 free with a time of 22.80, and her 200 fly time of 1:56.65 is the second fastest in school history, only behind Sharli Brady’s time of 1:53.88 in 2018.

Missouri also picked up its first two individual victories of the season, as Williams took gold in the women’s 200 fly thanks to her career-defining time, while senior Kayla Wilson was crowned champion of the women’s one-meter with a score of 269.00.

Junior Grant Bochenski took second prize in the men’s 100 free with a time of 43.35, his second podium finish of the weekend.


  • Freshman Piper McNeil’s 400 IM pace of 4:17.20 marked a career-best.
  • Freshman Emily Roden notched a time of 4:58.82 in the women’s 500 free, a personal-best mark for her as well.
  • Freshman Zara Zallen rounded out the solid weekend for the rookies, earning a career-best 2:19.64 mark in the women’s 200 breast.
  • The day saw four fourth place finishes for Missouri: sophomore Lina Bank in the women’s 200 breast (2:16.27), graduate Will Goodwin in the men’s 200 breast (1:59.62), sophomore Jan Zubik in the men’s 200 fly (1:46.15), and sophomore Fernanda de Goeij in the women’s 200 IM (2:02.86).


The Tigers open Southeastern Conference action when they visit Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Oct. 20 to square off against the Crimson Tide in a dual meet. First gun goes off at 10 a.m. at the Alabama Aquatic Center and Don Gambril Olympic Pool, and live results can be found via the Meet Mobile App.


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