Mizzou swimmers take home Mizzou Invite title with help from Crestwood freshman

Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander

With help from Crestwood freshman Nick Alexander, the University of Missouri-Columbia men’s swimming and diving team nabbed a team title at the Mizzou Invite last week.

St. John Vianney graduate Alexander, an alum of the Flyers Aquatic Swim Team, posted some of Mizzou’s all-time best scores in two events during the three-day meet against Drury, Wyoming and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

During his high school career, Alexander set Missouri records in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley, or IM, records, and was the three-time state champion in the 100 backstroke. He swam the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

The son of Patrick and Brenda Alexander of Concord, Alexander intends to major in biology at Mizzou.

Over the course of the meet, the Tigers combined to set 10 school records and four individual NCAA automatic qualifying cuts, according to a university press release.

During the men’s 200-meter backstroke on the third day, Alexander posted a 1:42:92 to move into fourth on Mizzou’s top list.

On the second day of action, the men’s and women’s swim teams won a combined 11 events. Alexander dropped three seconds from his time in the preliminaries to post a win in the men’s 400 IM, with 3:45.20, which ranks him third on Mizzou’s all-time list in the event.

On the first day of competition, the Tigers set four school records. Michael Chadwick of Charlotte, N.C., broke the school record in the men’s 200 IM by over a second and a half with a score of 1:43:01 in the finals, followed by Alexander in second place with 1:45:33.

Mizzou’s swimming teams return to the pool on Friday, Jan. 6, against the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.