March 8, 2013
2013 MAC Championships - Day 2 Prelims Results | MAC Championships Website
CARBDONALE, Ill. – After a slow start to Friday’s MAC Championship prelims, the Missouri State swimming & diving team closed with a strong set of swims in the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke events. On the second day of competition, the Bears scored 13 A-Final swims and three B-Finals to take into tonight’s finals session.
Eastern Michigan, who will take a 16-point lead into Friday evening, totaled eight championship final swims and six swims for the B-Final. Buffalo put together 11 A-Final swims and an addition eight in the consoles.
The EMU Eagles secured the top two qualifiers in the 400 IM with Mike Swain (3:51.93) and Andrew Henry (3:52.34). Missouri State placed two into the championship final with freshman Miguel Davila (3:57.94) in sixth and junior Colin Hill in the eighth-place spot (3:58.77). Daan Jansen, who entered the conference meet with the fifth-fastest time, narrowly missed out on the A-Final with a time of 3:58.96.
Buffalo made a statement in the 100 fly qualifying four swimmers in the top 8. In addition, the Bulls enter tonight’s finals with the top three seeds (Dugan, Zorsch, Schwippert). Sophomore butterflyer Matthew Wilson will be the only Bears’ representative in the championship heat with the fifth-fastest prelims time (49.30).
With only two swimmers in the event, MSU junior Michal Bulak failed to make the A-Final after swimming a 49.74, just .14 seconds off an A-Final appearance.
The tide turned in favor of the Bears in the next event as four Missouri State swimmers made the 200 free championship final. Gaining some much need momentum, the Bears secured the Nos. 2, 4, 6 and 8 seeds for the 200 free. Freshman Uvis Kalnins led the way with a prelims time of 1:37.25, followed by defending champion Vitalii Baryshok (1:37.91), sophomore Caleb Schuermann (1:38.30) and sophomore Isaac McKnight (1:38.72).
Juniors Jacob Sims (1:42.75) and Jared Roberts (1:42.92) finished the prelims in 24th and 25th, respectively.
The Bears’ 100 breaststroke trio kept up the energy in the prelims with three of the top four times this morning. Freshman Isaac Springer, who entered the MAC Championships as the top seed, is first heading into the evening session (54.92). Just six hundredths behind Springer is teammate Chris Carpenter, who also went under 55 seconds with a 54.98 and his first career NCAA consideration time. Sophomore Aaron Dennis rounded out the Missouri State finishers in fourth with a prelims time of 55.51. At night, the Bears will positioned next to each other in lanes 4, 5, and 6.
Missouri State nearly put all four 100 backstroke swimmers into the A-Final. Like the 200 IM, the sophomore Paul Le and EMU’s Jacob Hanson will square off in tonight’s finals with the top two times. Le, edged Hanson in Friday’s prelims with a NCAA ‘B’ cut of 47.07, while Hanson is .06 seconds behind. Freshman Jack Snow continues to have a strong meet as he posted the fourth-fastest time (49.57) and junior backstroker Yuri Garanito was right behind in fifth at 49.60.
Pulling the double on Friday, sophomore Matthew Wilson was .04 seconds shy of a top-8 finish in the 100 back after claiming the No. 5 seed for tonight’s 100 fly. Wilson registered a career best 50.11 in the event.
The Bears came through with clutch performances in the 3-meter diving prelims on Friday afternoon. Leading the way for Missouri State was Garrett Nevels, who was fresh off a third-place finish on 1-meter. Nevels recorded a career best 378.60 in the event to qualify third for Saturday's championship final. Fellow sophomore Zach Wheeler had the meet of his life, breaking 300 points and qualifying for the finals for the first time ever. In addition to Wheeler's sixth-place performance, Eli Swaim also gave the Bears a boost in 3-meter diving with 14th place in the prelims.