Swimming & Diving Bears Finding Rhythm at MAC Championships
Freshman Vitalii Baryshok broke a 15-year-old MAC Championships and pool record in the 200 free on Friday morning.
Freshman Vitalii Baryshok broke a 15-year-old MAC Championships and pool record in the 200 free on Friday morning.

March 2, 2012

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OXFORD, Ohio – The Missouri State men’s swimming & diving team made some much-needed adjustments in the water on the second day of prelims at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships. In all, the Bears will have seven swims in the championship finals and eight consolation races, along with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay.

Missouri State began Friday by moving all five 400 IM swimmers into the evening session. Freshman Chris Carpenter continues to impress as he swam to a fourth-place finish (3:56.59) in prelims. Daan Jansen joined Carpenter in the A-Final with by winning his heat with a time of 3:57.71. Colin Hill, Amir Arbel and Bryson Cramer will go into consoles seeded 10th, 13th and 15th.

The Bears will only have one swimmer scoring in the 100 butterfly. Sophomore Michal Bulak, who had the second-fastest seed time, 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 made consolations and freshmen Vitalii Baryshok and Caleb Schuermann will swim in the championship finals heat. 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.

Springfield native Aaron Dennis continues 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 the No. 6 seed for Friday evening. Hill was one of a handful of swimmers that doubled up on events the same day. For the second time Friday, Hill qualified for the consolations heat.

To conclude the morning session, the Bears had another solid showing in the 100 back. Paul Le, who led off the 400 medley relay in 47.91, qualified third (48.39), while Yuri Garanito is two spots back in fifth (49.78). Freshman Matthew Wilson placed 11th.

In 3-meter diving, freshman Garrett Nevels scored a season-best 329 points, which was good for fifth place in prelims. He will get some rest as the championships finals for 3-meter diving won't take until the evening session on Saturday.

Friday's swimming finals will resume at 7 p.m. ET.

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

Team Standings (After Day 1)
1. Eastern Michigan - 236
2. Southern Illinois - 216
3. Buffalo - 171
4. Miami (Ohio) - 154
5. Missouri State - 149
6. Ball State - 72
7. Evansville - 26



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