The Missouri S&T swimming team finished the three-day Mizzou Invitational in December with 15 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Division II Championships that began in Houston, Texas, on March 11. This marks only the second time in school history that 15 swimmers have gone on to the national meet.
The last of the qualifiers came on the final day of competition in Columbia when Aaron Schmidt, a sophomore in electrical engineering, and Kyle Kammer, a freshman in civil engineering made the mark in the 200-yard backstroke and Andrew Trowbridge, a junior in mechanical engineering, cleared it in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Over the course of the weekend, three swimmers – Andrew Schranck, a freshman in architectural engineering, Kyle Gordon, a sophomore in information science and technology, and David Sanchez-Turner, a junior in engineering management – made the automatic standard in six events apiece, while Zlatan Hamzic, a sophomore in mathematics and economics, cleared the qualifying mark in five events. Jeff Enge, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, made four automatic times, and aerospace engineering sophomore Zac Lemons, and engineering freshman Hamilton Vernon did so in three events each.
Other qualifiers for the meet include Danny Murphy, a freshman in mechanical engineering, Brian Howell, a senior in chemistry, Paul Reinisch, a junior in aerospace engineering, Phil Arve and James Larkins, both freshmen in engineering.
The Miners, who finished fourth in the meet, set new school records in the 200-yard individual medley (Schranck at 1:50.57), 200-yard backstroke (Schmidt in 1:48.22) and in three relay events: the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.89), 400-medley relay (3:19.79) and 400-freestyle relay.