Missouri State concluded day two of the 2018 Mid-American Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships by breaking one of the oldest MAC records in the book.
The MSU Bears currently lead the team standings with 298.5 points, followed closely by Eastern Michigan (283), Miami Ohio (264), Southern Illinois (164.5), Ball State (91) and Evansville (89).
Men’s 500 Free
Missouri State’s Antonio Thomas won the first individual event of the meet, touching first in the 500 free for his second-straight win in this race. The sophomore stopped the clock in a time of 4:22.76 to finish nearly three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Miami Ohio’s Gordon Wheeler finished second in 4:25.61 and Missouri State’s Minki Kang took third in 4:27.46.
Southern Illinois’ Michael Wolfe (4:28.01), Southern Illinois’ Kevin Kluge (4:28.44), Miami Ohio’s Iago Moussalem do Amaral (4:28.84), Miami Ohio’s Austin Theobald (4:28.96) and Miami Ohio’s James McGuire (4:29.27) rounded out the top eight.
Men’s 200 IM
Missouri State’s Artur Osvath earned gold in the 200 IM, posting a time of 1:45.74. The junior dropped over two seconds from his prelims swim to earn his second-straight MAC title in this event.
His teammate Kacper Cwiek earned silver in 1:46.66 and Eastern Michigan’s Tosh Kawaguchi grabbed bronze in 1:46.87.
Missouri State’s Christopher Heye (1:46.91), Eastern Michigan’s Jake Tyson (1:47.35), Miami Ohio’s Kayky Mota (1:47.54), Missouri State’s Will Frisbie (1:47.64) and Miami Ohio’s Justin Andrews (1:47.71) completed the top eight.
Men’s 50 Free
Missouri State’s Lucas Paloschi won his first-ever individual MAC title in the 50 free. The junior sprinted his way to a final time of 19.93 for the win.
Eastern Michigan’s Carter Swift (19.98) also snuck under the 20-second barrier and Missouri State’s Samuel Senn was third with a time of 20.10.
Eastern Michigan’s Chris O’Shea (20.28), Missouri State’s Jake Schultz (20.35), Miami Ohio’s Nick Ward (20.37), Southern Illinois’ Tamas Hajtman (20.39) and Miami Ohio’s Hutch Blackstone (20.51) also competed in the A-final.
Men’s 1-Meter Diving
Eastern Michigan’s Al’x Pierre won the first diving event of the meet. The freshman dove to first with a final score of 352.95.
Pierre’s teammate Peter Rusenas dove to second with 342.55 points and Miami Ohio’s Harrison Moncino finished third with a score of 319.45.
Eastern Michigan’s Noah Galluzzo (315.65), Eastern Michigan’s Thomas Gillis (309.80), Miami Ohio’s Sam Wiedemann (295.55), Miami Ohio’s Ryan Nash (289.00) and Southern Illinois’ Kai Hoffmann-Dussome (244.80) also dove in the top heat.
Men’s 4×50 Free Relay
Missouri State has won two relays thus far this championship meet, winning gold tonight in the 4×50 free relay in record-setting fashion. The quartet of Paloschi (20.09), Schultz (19.81), Blair Bish (20.16) and Senn (19.47) finished in 1:19.53, eclipsing one of the oldest MAC records of 1:19.58 set back in 1997.
Miami Ohio finished second in 1:20.43 and Eastern Michigan was third in 1:20.74.
Day three prelims will begin at 10:30 a.m. EST.