University of Missouri

Missouri’s Clark Thomas shines at SEC championships

Missouri junior Clark Thomas snagged two top-five finishes, including a runner-up showing on the three-meter springboard during this week’s SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at Auburn University.

Thomas, an Olathe Northwest graduate, sat in third place after Thursday’s preliminary round in the three-meter springboard after qualifying with a score of 403.15.

He stepped up his performance in the final, finishing with a personal-best 436.50 that included the highest-scoring dive of the competition, a 91.80 on his third dive.

Thomas’ score ranks second in Tigers history, moving him ahead of former All-American Greg DeStephen.

Thomas sat in third place before his final dive, but moved up with an 85-point gem.

On Tuesday, Thomas posted the best preliminary score in the one-meter springboard competition with a 385.30. He finished fifth after recording a 371.05 in the final.

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