The 2018 Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships began Feb. 28 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After defeating Missouri State by one point last year, Eastern Michigan will seek their fourth-straight—and 35th overall—MAC Championship title.
Missouri State started the weekend off with a bang by winning the 4×50 medley relay in record-setting fashion. The quartet of Jack Schultz (22.25), Blair Bish (22.93), Artur Osvath (20.66) and Samuel Senn (19.41) combined to stop the clock in a quick 1:25.25. Their final time crushed their own MAC record of 1:26.36 set last year.
Miami Ohio’s James Wray (22.66), Hutch Blackstone (23.75), Pete Simcox (21.47) and Nick Ward (19.29) took second in 1:27.17 while Eastern Michigan’s Tosh Kawaguchi (22.15), Ben Brooks (24.97), Logan Burton (20.85) and Carter Swift (19.92) finished third in 1:27.89.
Eastern Michigan won the other relay of the evening, this time in the 4×200. The team of Matan Segal (1:37.53), Burton (1:37.46), JF Murphy (1:38.71) and Jake Tyson (1:35.35) posted a final time of 6:29.05 to earn the gold.
Miami Ohio’s Diego Valentim (1:38.88), Gordon Wheeler (1:36.94), Wray (1:38.03) and Iago Moussalem do Amaral (1:37.73) swam to silver in 6:31.58 and Missouri State’s Kacper Cwiek (1:37.69), Osvath (1:37.62), Minki Kang (1:39.16) and Will Brand (1:38.38) grabbed the bronze in 6:32.85.
Prelims will begin tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. EST.