2019 Mid-American Conference Championships Day 2: Freshmen Power, Missouri State Leads

Photo Courtesy: Missouri State Athletics

By Mark McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern

After Miami University (Ohio) ran away with Day 1, sweeping the first two events of the Mid-American Championships, the playing field leveled out more on Day 2, as Missouri State took the majority of events. Day 2 saw a mix of distance, sprinting, and medley talents as the Mid-American men competed in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, and 200 freestyle relay.



  1. Miami University (Ohio): 326
  2. Missouri State University: 323
  3. Southern Illinois University: 214
  4. Ball State University: 126
  5. University of Evansville: 214

500 Freestyle

In the 500 freestyle, Missouri State University dominated the A-Final, taking up 5 out of the 8 lanes in the heat. Missouri State teammates Pawel Krawczyk and Antonio Thomas battled for the win with freshman Krawczyk coming out victorious with a 4:20.67 and a pool record, just a bit ahead of Thomas, who came in at 4:21.99. Both Krawczyk and Thomas left the pool with Division 1 B cuts in the event.

  1. Pawel Krawczyk MSU-MV: 4:20.67 (DV1B)
  2. ­Antonio Thomas MSU-MV: 4:21.99 (DV1B)
  3. Gordon Wheelter MU-OH: 4:25.23
  4. Minki Kang MSU-MV: 4:25.73
  5. Sebastian Odenn MSU-MV: 4:26.46
  6. James McGuire MU-OH: 4:26.84
  7. Kevin Douglas MSU-MV: 4:30.70
  8. Kevin Kluge SIU-OZ: 4:32.66

200 IM

In the 200 Yard IM, Missouri State freshman Artur Osvath finished first with the only NCAA Cut in the event, managing a 1:45.91, just .53 seconds away from breaking the pool record. Kayky Mota was Osvath’s closest competition, finishing second with a 1:46.99 after blowing away the heat in the first 50, posting the fastest butterfly split of the day in 22.17 seconds, nearly half a second fastest than the second-closest split.

  1. Artur Osvath MSU-MV: 1:45.91 (DV1B)
  2. Kayky Mota MU-OH: 1:46.99
  3. Noah Barr MU-OH: 1:49.63
  4. Thomas Heye MSU-MV: 1:49.81
  5. Spencer Klinsky MU-OH: 1:50.09
  6. Chris Phillips SIU-OZ: 1:50.81
  7. James Wray MU-OH: 1:51.27
  8. FuKang Wong SIU-OZ: 1:51.42

50 Freestyle

The fight for “fastest swimmer” at the MAC Championships was tight, with the entire heat going 20, but the fight for the top 3 ended up being just about as close as it can get. Senior Lucas Paloschi of Missouri State took the gold with a time of 20.02, coming in just one hundredth ahead of Miami University (Ohio) swimmers Nic Wamsley and Nick Ward who both finished in 20.03.

  1. Lucas Paloschi MSU-MV: 20.02
  2. Nic Wamsley MU-OH: 20.03
  3. Nick Ward MU-OH: 20.03
  4. Samuel Senn MSU-MV: 20.12
  5. Tamas Hajtman SIU-OZ: 20.40
  6. Robert Chelberg: 20.61
  7. Diego Valentim: 20.63
  8. Reilly Garman: 20.65

200 Freestyle Relay

Missouri State (Lucas Paloshi, Blair Bish, Samuel Senn, Jake Shultz) dominated the 200 freestyle relay, after third leg, Samuel Senn, who came in fourth in the 50 freestyle, torched the competition with a 19.34 split, the fastest split in the competition. Their next and final leg, Jake Shultz posted the second fasted split in the event with a 19.85. The Missouri State relay was the only relay to break 1:20, going 1:19.58, falling short of the pool and meet record by .05. Miami (Ohio) finished second in 1:20.23, touching just ahead of Southern Illinois, who finished in 1:20.32.

  1. Missouri State: 1:19.58
  2. Miami (Ohio): 1:20.23
  3. Southern Illinois: 1:20.32
  4. Evansville: 1:23.83
  5. Ball State: 1:23.36

1-Meter Diving

Miami (Ohio) senior divers Harrison Moncino and Ryan Nash took first and second place in the 1 meter dive, Nash shocking the field after entering finals seeded 7th from his preliminary scores, jumping from a 259.20 preliminary score to a 295.05 finals score. Moncino was the only diver to score over 300, doing so twice, scoring 330.40 in the morning and improving to a 344.25 at night.

  1. Harrison Moncino MU-OH: 344.25
  2. Ryan Nash MU-OH: 295.05
  3. Michael Claunch MSU-MV: 282.60
  4. Kai Hoffman Dussome SIU-OZ: 273.90
  5. Sam Wiedemann MU-OH: 266.05
  6. Hunter Ongay BSU-IN: 262.45
  7. Eli Mercado SIU-OZ: 260.65
  8. John Spence MSU-MV: 234.95

After a strong Day 2 for Missouri State, they are closing in on Miami (Ohio), ending the day just 3 points behind them. Both teams end the day over 100 points ahead of the nearest competition, Southern Illinois. With only seniors and freshman winning individual events in Day 2, it looks as though the Mid-American Conference is simultaneously welcoming and saying goodbye to strong talent.

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