2020 MAC Men’s Swimming Championship Day Two: Missouri State Surges

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Going into night 2 of the Mid-American Conference men’s swimming championship, the team race is heating up as Miami University (Ohio) and Missouri State are tied with 74 points each. There will be plenty of chances to boost scores as this session features 3 individual swimming events, 1 diving event and 1 relay. The agenda features the 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle, 1-Meter Dive and 200 Freestyle Relay.

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Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming Championship: 500 Freestyle

Kicking off the session, Pawel Krawczyk from MIssouri State took the win in the 500 Freestyle in a time of 4:20.49. Leading off, Krawczyk was the rabbit with a 100-split of 49.26, the only swimmer under 50-seconds at this point. His teammate Antonio Thomas took second with 4:21.02, followed by Sebastian Odent, also from Missouri State, in 4:24.88. Missouri crushed everyone in the field by going 1-2-3-4 and scoring immense points for the team race.

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Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming Championship: 200 IM

Keeping things going for Missouri, Arthur Cury took the win in the 200 IM, swimming 1:47.56. Adam Cemek from Southern Illinois went 1:47.62, almost clipping Cury, for second. Thomas Heye did his part for MIssouri by fighting for third in 1:49.71.

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Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming Championship: 50 Freestyle

The 50 Freestyle told a different story than the previous two events. Miami University (Ohio) made a statement by going 1-2 in the 50. Cole Grosshans came in first at 19.82 as the only swimmer under the 20-second barrier. His teammate Nick Ward came in second with 20.39, followed by Samuel Senn from Missouri in 20.49. Though they didn’t go 1-2-3-4, Miami did load the A final of the 50 with four swimmers, scoring big to keep them in the team race.

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Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming Championship: 1-Meter Dive

Staying in it, Kal Hoffman-Dussome from Southern Illinois won the 1-Meter with a score of 306.80. Meanwhile, Michael Claunch of Missouri took second, scoring 297.60. And, in fashion for this rivalry, Sam Wiedemann from Miami placed third with a 262.75.

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Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming Championship: 200 Freestyle Relay

    To close out the night, Miami, as the unofficial sprint kings of this meet, took the 200 Freestyle Relay title. The squad of Nick Ward (20.20), Nic Wamsley (20.06), Ben Chatwin (20.24) and Cole Grosshans (19.54), the champion of the 50 Freestyle, put together a winning time of 1:20.04. Missouri came in second, not far behind, in 1:20.97. Third went to Ball State with a 1:21.37.

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Team Standings

    Missouri just rewrote the story of this meet by coming away from this session with a strong lead of 62 points over Miami for a total of 322. Miami, with their 260 points, will have plenty of events to attempt to bridge the gap. In third, and possibly a threat to Miami for second, is Southern Illinois with a strong showing of 218 points.

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