The Missouri State men's swimming and diving team earns four conference championships - behind three Mid-American Conference- and pool-record times - to retake a slim lead heading into the final day of the 2015 MAC Championships
Freshman Vitalii Baryshok Sets New MSU Record in 100 Free
Honors & Awards • School Record Holder - 100 Free - 43.92 - March 3, 2012 • School Record Holder - 200 Free - 1:36.07 - March 2, 2012 • 2013-14 All-MAC First Team • 2012-13 All-MAC Second Team • MAC Swimmer of the Week - Oct. 31, 2012 • 2011-12 Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention • 2011-12 All-MAC First Team • 2011-12 MSU Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year • 2011-12 MSU Male Swimmer of the Year • MAC Swimmer of the Week - Nov. 17, 2011 • MAC Swimmer of the Week - Nov. 2, 2011 •MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll- Fall 2014
2013-14: Named to the All-MAC First Team ... Member of 200 medley, 400 medley and 800 free relay teams that placed first at the MAC championships and broke school records in each event ... Broke conference championship meet records with the 400 medley and 800 free relay teams ... Helped break the Student Hammons Center 400 medley pool record in a dual meet against Missouri with a time of 3:15.55, which ranked third in the nation at the time behind relays from Missouri and Florida ... Claimed victories in the 400 freestyle and medley relays at the Southern Illinois meet in November ... Member of 200 free relay that finished second on Day 1 with a time of 1:21.35 at the TYR Invitational at Northwestern ... Helped Missouri State to second-place finish at Missouri Show-Me Showdown by placing first in the 400 free relay, second in the 200 free relay and third in the 100 free ... Swam 46.03 in the 100 free at the Shamrock Invitational and won the 50 fly at the Oklahoma Splash Bash with a time of 22.72 ... Finished third at the MAC championships in the 100 fly.
2012-13: One of five Bears named to the All-MAC Second Team ... Ranked 126th nationally in the 200 free; also ranked in the top 250 in the 100 free (215th) and 400 IM (245th) ... Recorded the fourth-fastest time in the 50-free prelims (20.59); placed seventh for his first of two top-8 individual finishes ... Posted an NCAA `B' cut in the 200 free (1:37.17) and finished fifth overall; only .72 seconds off of champion Brian Moore of EMU; held the MAC's top time in the 200 free the entire season leading up to conference ... Failed to make the A-Final in the 100 free, but rebounded quickly by moving up three spots to win the consolation final (44.94) on Day 3 ... Swam the maximum four relays at conference and anchored both of MSU's runner-up 200 free and 400-medley relays; swam the third leg on the Bears' bronze-medal 400 free relay ... Led off the Bears' gold-medal 800 free relay which broke a Shea Natatorium and MSU record (6:31.23), which also included Caleb Schuermann, Isaac McKnight and Uvis Kalnins ... Swept the 100 and 200 free at the Show-Me Showdown, at Missouri, and twice versus Drury; also won the 100 free at the UIW Christmas Invitational...Earned MAC Swimmer of the Week laurels on Oct. 31 ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 50 free (3rd), 100 free (2nd), 200 free (2nd), 500 free (5th) and 100 fly (4th).
2011-12: Earned All-MAC First Team honors ... Named MSU Male Swimmer of the Year and MSU Freshman Male Swimmer of the Year, along with Paul Le ... Finished 52nd nationally in the 200 free ... Finished 83rd nationally in the 100 free ... Achieved NCAA 'B' cuts in the 50, 100 and 200 free ... Was one of four MSU male swimmers to garner CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American honorable mention status ... Was a member of the 200 free relay (5th), 400 medley relay (3rd), 800 free relay (2nd) and 400 free relay (2nd) at the 2012 MAC Championships ... Individually, he started out the conference meet with a career best in the prelims of the 50 free (20.25); finished seventh overall ... Crowned conference champion in the 200 free (1:36.16); swam a lifetime best (1:36.07) to lead off the 800-free relay ... Picked up a bronze medal in the 100 free (43.92); broke Raichin Antonov's school record along the way; tied for the fastest 100 free prelims time...Won two events (100 and 200 free) at the UIW Christmas Invitational ... Won the 200 free at the TYR Invitational and finished as runner-up in the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 free ... Won the 50 free five different times during the dual meet season ... Took home first place in the 100 free at four duals ... Finished first in the 200 free at three dual meets; Against Mizzou, he broke the Hammons Student Center pool record ... his individual events at the Show-Me Showdown in his MSU debut with titles in the 150 free, 75 fly and 75 free...Garnered MAC Swimmer of the Week honors on November 2 and November 17.
Background: Arrives at Missouri State with a wealth of national and international swimming experience ... Trained with Lugans'ka in Ukraine under head coach Vitaliy Padalkin ... Swam for Olimpsport when competing at international meets such as the 2010 LEN European Championships and the 2008-2009 LEN: European Junior Championships ... In 2011, he competed in the Open Ukrainian National Swimming Championships (March) and the Ukrainian National Cup (May); At the Open, Baryshok made the championship finals in the 50-meter back (27.33) and 100-meter back (1:00.41), placing 3rd and 8th overall, respectively; In May, he grabbed a bronze medal in the 50 back (26.82), while also finishing fourth in the 100 back (57.72) and fifth in the 100 free (51.65).
Personal: Vitalii Baryshok is the son of Sergy and Larysa Baryshok ... Born on Jan. 11, 1991 in Lugansk, Ukraine ... He is majoring in Cultural and Regional Geography.