The nation of Aruba continues to make a statement at the NCAA Division I level as national record holder and Olympian Mikel Schreuders (Rio 2016) posted strong performances at the 2017 Mizzou Invitational held from November 16- 18 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.
Schreuders made a statement in the 200 yard freestyle when he set a new personal best and school record with a winning time of 1:33.24 (split time 45.74) topping the field by more than a second. That lowered the 2016 mark of US national team member Michael Chadwick when he recorded 1:33.64 leading of the Tigers 800 yard freestyle relay to 11th place at the 2016 NCAA championships. It was his second consecutive win at the meet and the 2nd fastest performance in Division I so far this season . Mikel is also a full second faster than where he was last season as well as just being outside the NCAA automatic cut of 1:32.54.His old personal best was recorded leading off the Tigers 800 yard freestyle relay team to 4th place at the 2017 SEC championships.
Schreuders would also taste victory in the 100 yard freestyle recording his second sub 43 seconds clocking with a time 42.86 (split time 20.86). His winning margin was more than half a second and seats him 9th in Division I. He bettered his number 2 all-time standing for the school and narrows the gap to the automatic cut of 42.11.In the heats he recorded an initial personal record of 42.98 (split time 20.70).
The efforts of the Tigers in the 200 yard freestyle relay would result in yet more Gold. The team of Luke Mankus 19.66,Schreuders 19.06,Sam Coffman 19.58 and Caleb Hicks 19.64 to record the 5th fastest time Division I so far. Mikel 2nd leg which was the fastest of the meet boosted the team performance to get close to the automatic cut of 1:17.62. The winning margin was almost two seconds.
In the 400 yard freestyle relay it would be yet another Golden affair where the team dominated the competition winning by more than 5 seconds and recorded the 4th fastest time in school history. With Giovanni Lima coming for Hicks the splits for the team were Mankus 43.67, Schreuders 42.46, Coffman 42.81 and Lima anchoring with a 42.92. Mikel was again the fastest swimmer in the relays. It bettered the NCAA A time of 2:52.10 and is the 5th fastest time for the season
The 400 yard medley relay saw the junior posting the fastest freestyle split of the meet when he blazed to a 41.71. That swim combined with the efforts of Daniel Hein backstroke 46.41, Hicks breaststroke 52.76, and Micah Slaton butterfly 45.28 recorded a winning total time of 3:06.16. That team performance is the 8th fastest in school history. It ranks as the 2nd fastest in the nation and was yet another automatic qualifying performance.
The 50 yard freestyle saw his only non-podium finish. Despite that the Oranjestad native recorded personal bests in both the morning heats and Championship final . He lowered his 50 free standard of 20.13 to 19.65 in the preliminaries. He would be even quicker in the evening with a 19.55 to place 4th overall. It was also the 4th fastest time in school history and tied for the 9th fastest so far in Division I.
The Tigers tallied 1,411 points topped the men’s competition. The other scores were Drury 683.5, Wyoming 671.50, Oklahoma Baptist 419, South Dakota State 352 and Cincinnati 67.