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 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
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.