Storms Force Cancellation of Friday Finals at MAC Championships
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March 2, 2012


OXFORD, Ohio - Severe weather caused officials at the 2012 Mid-America Conference Swimming & Diving Championships to cancel the finals session for Friday. All individual events swam at Corwin M. Dixon Aquatic Center on Friday morning were scored as timed finals.

Meanwhile, Saturday event will take place as planned, with the addition of the 800 free relay and 200 medley relay. Following a 30-minute break after the prelims session, the finals of the 800 free relay will be swam. To space things out, the 200 medley relay will become the first event of the finals session before the championship heat of the 1650 free.

The Missouri State men made some adjustments in the water on the second day and moved into fourth place in the team standings following the severe weather fiasco.

In the 400 IM, freshman Chris Carpenter continued to impress as he swam to a fourth-place finish (3:56.59). Daan Jansen joined Carpenter in the A-Final in sixth by winning his heat (3:57.71). Colin Hill, Amir Arbel and Bryson Cramer will go down on the scoresheet in 10th, 13th and 15th, respectively.

Sophomore Michal Bulak, who had the second-fastest seed time, was the only Missouri State swimmer to score in the event. He failed to make the A-Final, placing 12th (49.85). Although Jeff Bentz and Tyler Saltzberry didn't score in the 100 fly, both seniors registered lifetime bests in their final meet.

Another strong event entering the day was the 200 free. The Bears picked up another four qualifiers in the event as Isaac McKnight and Jacob Sims placed 12th and 15th. Freshmen Vitalii Baryshok and Caleb Schuermann represented the Bears in the top-8. Baryshok, who already owned the Missouri State record in the event, clocked in at 1:36.16, which broke a 15-year-old pool and MAC Championships record. He will most likely lead off the 800 free relay on Saturday to lower his time and increase his chances of qualifying for the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Springfield, Mo. native Aaron Dennis continued to build momentum this weekend as he shaved off nearly two seconds in the 100 breast (56.34). His drastic jump in the rankings helped him land sixth-place points. Hill was one of a handful of swimmers that doubled up on events the same day. For the second time Friday, Hill scored points in the consolation heat, placing 15th.

The Bears had another solid showing to finish Friday's individual events in the 100 back. Paul Le, who led off the 400 medley relay in 47.91, locked up third place (48.39), while Yuri Garanito was two spots back in fifth (49.78). Freshman Matthew Wilson placed 11th.

In 3-meter diving, freshman Garrett Nevels scored a season-best 329.40 points, which was good for fifth place in prelims. After picking up his second Zone `D' qualifying cut, he earned some rest as the championships finals for 3-meter diving won't take place until the evening session on Saturday.

Saturday's prelims session will once again begin at 11 a.m. ET.

To keep up with the Bears at the 2012 MAC Swimming & Diving Championships, you can watch the free video stream at and also follow live results at Check for photos, recaps and video interviews.

Team Standings (After Day 2, excluding 3-meter diving, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay)
1. Eastern Michigan - 383
2. Buffalo - 366
3. Southern Illinois - 365
4. Missouri State - 286
5. Miami (Ohio) - 252
6. Ball State - 72
7. Evansville - 26



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