University of Missouri’s Aruban freshman Mikel Schreuders brought the heat to the Tennessee Invite which ran from Thursday November 20 to Sunday November 22 at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. The meet which had the format of long course metres for heats and yards in the finals saw the Tigers freshman rewriting the Aruban record books in the morning.
He lowered the 200 metre freestyle record of 1:54.77 countryman Jemal LeGrand (Florida State University) to an impressive 1:51.02. That time was under the Olympic B standard of 1:51.75 but unfortunately this meet was not designated as an Olympic qualifying event by the World Governing body FINA. Buoyed by his great performance in metres he brought the intensity to the 200 yard freestyle final which he won in 1:36.00.That is a new season and personal best smashing his previous season best of 1:39.91 set in early October. It will also stand as the third fastest time in school history.
He swam in the 200 metre individual medley clocking 2:09.13 breaking teammate Jordy Groters standard of 2:09.35 set at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai in 2013.He did not contest the finals.
Schreuders equalled his national record in the 50 metre freestyle posting 23.63 .That is the same time he posted in April this year at the Campeonato Sudamericano Juvenil de Natacion XXV. In the yards B final he was 6th in 20.69.
His Tigers A team in the 400 yard freestyle relay set a new school record of 2:52.21 en route to victory. It betters the old standard of 2:52.40 and is an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Added to that great performance Schreuders swam an NCAA B mark on the opening leg clocking 43.99 as the lead leg. The B standard stands at 44.29.
Another school mark almost fell to Schreuders this time in the 800 yard freestyle relay. The Tigers A team again won this time in 6:23.12 just off the school record of 6:22.93.It is under the NCAA B time of 6:25.06. Schreuders contributed with a 1:35.94 second leg.
In the 100 metre freestyle Schreuders threatened his national standard of 51.13 by clocking 51.34. In the yards final he destroyed his season best of 45.82 by registering 44.46 for 5th place. A time which he bettered leading off the 400 yard freestyle relay team.
In the 200 yard freestyle relay the Tigers B team placed 3rd in 1:20.50 Schreuders clocked 19.95 for his second leg after his countryman Jordy Groters lead off the team in 20.44.
Groters would not be left out of the re writing of national standards. Groters lowered his standard of 1:03.92 set at the 2015 PAN AM Games to 1:03.64. It is now less than a second away from the Olympic B standard in the event of 1:02.69.He too would crush his season best of 56.85 in the yards final by posting a personal best of 54.03 for 4th place. That is well under the NCAA B standard in the event of 55.39.
He would make another NCAA B cut in the 200 yard breaststroke. After making the championship final based on a 2:21.22 200 metre breaststroke Groters smoked both his season best of 2:04.37 and personal best of 1:58.77 to finish 3rd in 1:57.70.
In the 50 metre freestyle Groters was just off his personal best of 23.79 when he clocked 23.86.In the yards B final he clocked a season best of 20.34 to finish 3rd.
The 200 yard medley relay saw the sophomore’s C team finishing 3rd in 1:28.10 aided by his breaststroke split of 24.36.