Missouri State Takes Narrow Lead At Men’s MAC Championships

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Exciting action took place during day two of the 2017 Men’s MAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Missouri State currently has the lead, but only 18 points separate the top three teams.

2017 Men’s MAC Championships Day 2 Finals – Results

Missouri State’s Antonio Thomas dominated the 500 free to begin day two finals. The freshman won his first individual MAC Championship title with a time of 4:19.97, nearly four seconds faster than his swim this morning. His time set a new pool record.

His teammate Minki Kang placed second in 4:23.28 to give the Bears a one-two finish while Eastern Michigan’s Kyle Lichtenberg finished third in 4:23.28.

Buffalo’s Charles Barry (4:26.15), Miami-Ohio’s Iago Moussalem do Amaral (4:27.27), Eastern Michigan’s Alexander Arrieta (4:28.49), Buffalo’s Reid Zyniecki (4:28.65), and Southern Illinois’ Michael Wolfe (4:31.59) completed the top eight.

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Missouri State took the top two spots yet again, this time in the 200 IM. Sophomore Artur Osvath led the field, posting a time of 1:46.24. The four-time MAC Swimmer of the Week, who finished second in this event last year, dropped over one second off his morning swim.

Osvath’s teammate Kacper Cwiek finished half a second behind in 1:46.71 and Southern Illinois’ Filippo Dell’Olio took third in 1:47.05.

Eastern Michigan’s Jake Tyson (1:47.09), Missouri State’s Phillip Willett (1:47.69), Missouri State’s Christopher Heye (1:48.27), Miami-Ohio’s Justin Andrews (1:49.19), and Missouri State’s Nicholas Theunissen (1:49.35) also swam in the A-Final.

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Buffalo’s Mason Miller was the only swimmer under the 20-second barrier in the 50 free. The sophomore won his second-consecutive MAC title in this event, posting a time of 19.91.

Southern Illinois’ Andre Luiz Brilhante touched the wall second in 20.15 and Miami-Ohio’s Lucas Brock finished third in 20.38.

Miami-Ohio’s Jack Strauss (20.52), Bobby Wood (20.56), Miami-Ohio’s Hutch Blackstone (20.76), Buffalo’s Eric Jensen (20.79), and Miami-Ohio’s Nick Ward (20.79) rounded out the top eight.

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Eastern Michigan’s Alex Chan won the 1m diving event for the second-straight year. The senior bettered his score from last year, finishing with 362.85 points.

Buffalo’s Nick Rodriguez placed second with a score of 344.40 and Eastern Michigan’s Thomas Gillis took third with 313.05 points.

Buffalo’s Kristian Santos (309.55), Eastern Michigan’s Daniel Gironza (303.90), Eastern Michigan’s Peter Rusenas (279.25), Miami-Ohio’s Sean Sargent (277.00), and Southern Illinois’ Kai Hffmann-Dussome (264.90) also dove in the A-Final.

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After putting four swimmers in the 50 free A-Final, it’s not surprise that Miami-Ohio won the 200 free relay. The team of Brock (20.36), Ward (20.17), Blackstone (20.04), and Strauss (19.92) won the final event of the evening in 1:20.49.

Buffalo’s Miller (20.01), Jensen (20.08), Itai De La Vega (20.18), and Hudson Carroll (20.63) took second in 1:20.90 and Missouri State’s Michael Mollack (20.79), Samuel Senn (19.95), Jake Schultz (20.09), and Brand (20.37) finished third in 1:21.20.

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Team Scores:

1. Missouri State-248
2. Buffalo-237.5
3. Eastern Michigan-230
4. Miami-Ohio-217.5
5. Southern Illinois-178
6. Ball State-76
7. Evansville-75

Prelims will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. CST.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile-2017 MAC Men’s Swim and Dive Championship.

3 Comments

3 comments

  1. Vikki Kolbe

    wait what mizzou in front? ???

Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a junior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She is a former swimmer for the Catamounts and this is her third year on board with Swimming World.

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