Ten Tigers Set to Compete for Olympic Swim and Dive Berths

COLUMBIA, Mo. – After sending a total of four athletes to the last two Summer Olympic Games, University of Missouri men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will look to extend its streak of developmental success next week, as 10 current and former Tigers are slated to compete at the 2024 United States Olympic Team Trials — Swimming and Diving.

Mizzou’s swimming representatives, which include seven men and two women, will compete in 10 different events spanning June 15-23, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The top two finishers in each event will qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games (July 26-August 11).

Former Mizzou All-American Danny Kovac and rising sophomore Alex Ochsenbein will compete in the men’s 100 breast on the opening day of competition (June 15), before four different Tigers take to the pool on day two. Jack Dahlgren enters the men’s 200 fly as the No. 6 seed after posting a personal best of 1:55.72 at the 2023 U.S. Nationals. The former MU All-American will also compete in the men’s 100 back alongside senior standout Grant Bochenski. Sophomore Matthew Mortenson (men’s 400 IM) and junior Lina Bank (women’s 100 breast) will round out the busiest day (June 16) of the trials for the Tigers contingent.

Dahlgren figures to stay busy throughout the week, as the Minnesota native will compete in the men’s 200 fly and 100 free on June 18, as well as the 200 back (June 19), 50 free (June 20) and 100 fly (June 21).

Ochsenbein will take part in the men’s 200 breast (June 18), while sophomore Darden Tate and Michael Chadwick will compete against Dahlgren in the 50 free, and Kovac will join him in the 100 fly qualifier.

Mizzou graduate Sierra Smith will round out the meet for the Tigers on June 22, when the All-America honoree competes in the women’s 50 free.

Preliminary action gets underway at 10 a.m. (CDT) each day, with semifinal or final rounds commencing at 6:45 p.m. All finals sessions will be televised live nationally on NBC.

In addition to the action in Indy, junior Collier Dyer will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Diving Team, June 17-23 in Knoxville, Tenn., after qualifying for the trials at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in March.

NBC will present live coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Diving, including five nights in primetime across NBC, USA Network, and Peacock.

Mizzou’s 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Order of Events (Qualifying Heats)

Saturday, June 15
Men’s 100 Breast – *Danny Kovac, Alex Ochsenbein

Sunday, June 16
Men’s 200 Free – *Jack Dahlgren
Men’s 400 IM – Matthew Mortenson
Women’s 100 Breast – Lina Bank
Men’s 100 Back – Grant Bochenski, *Jack Dahlgren

Tuesday, June 18
Men’s 200 Fly – *Jack Dahlgren
Men’s 100 Free – *Jack Dahlgren
Men’s 200 Breast – Alex Ochsenbein

Wednesday, June 19
Men’s 200 Back – *Jack Dahlgren

Thursday, June 20
Men’s 50 Free – Darden Tate, *Jack Dahlgren, *Michael Chadwick
Men’s 10-Meter Dive – Collier Dyer

Friday, June 21
Men’s 100 Fly – *Jack Dahlgren, *Danny Kovac
Men’s 3-Meter Dive – Collier Dyer

Saturday, June 22
Women’s 50 Free – Sierra Smith

*Mizzou swimming and diving alumni

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