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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sponsler seventh in 200 freestyle in Day 2 of swimming nationals

  • Missouri S&T got its first top-eight finisher at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday evening, as Keith Sponsler took seventh place in the 200-yard freestyle.
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  • Missouri S&T got its first top-eight finisher at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday evening, as Keith Sponsler took seventh place in the 200-yard freestyle.
    Sponsler, who qualified eighth in the event in the morning preliminaries, improved his time by 0.05 seconds to 1:38.44 to earn his seventh place finish and first top-eight finish at the national level as a collegian.
    The Miners got a pair of 12th place finishes Thursday from their relay teams, as the 200-yard freestyle quartet of Jacob Dole, Keith Sponsler, Aljaz Kerc, and Danylo Mykhailov finished with a time of 1:21.79 and the 400-medley team of Mykhailov, Kerc, Andrew Schranck and Dole finished their race in 3:22.13 after posting a 3:20.38 in the morning session.
    Ethan Goldfarb recorded a 15th place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, posting a time of 3:58.80 as did Schranck in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.68 in the consolation finals. Schranck had a mark of 49.25 in the morning session.
    Earlier in the day, Matt Zieger had a time of 1:41.02 in the preliminary rounds of the 200-yard freestyle.
    The Miners were in a tie for 15th place with St. Cloud State in the team standings with 53 points after the second day, with Drury still leading the team standings by 74 points over Grand Canyon.
    The national meet, which is part of the NCAA Division II Winter Sports Festival, will continue through Saturday.

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