Bears Making a Push on Final Day of MAC Championships
Freshman Vitalii Baryshok receives his 200 free gold medal on Saturday.
Freshman Vitalii Baryshok receives his 200 free gold medal on Saturday.

March 3, 2012

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OXFORD, Ohio – The Missouri State men continue to chip away at the point differential between the Bears and the lead pack at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. During the Saturday preliminary session, two school records were broken and another MSU swimmer was just .04 seconds shy of making it three.

Missouri State led off the day with strong performances from all four swimmers in the 200 back. Upperclassmen Aaron Henry and Bryson Cramer qualified for the consolation finals in 12th and 14th, respectively, while Paul Le and Yuri Garanito led the charge for the Bears. Garanito won his heat with a time of 1:47.75, which was good for fourth. Le logged the second fastest time this morning (1:44.59) and wound up breaking a 10-year-old MSU mark set by Josh Wegrzyn by almost two seconds. His new varsity record in the event, gives him his third NCAA “B” cut on the season.

Vitalii Baryshok, the Bears’ first gold medalist of the meet in the 200 free, is headed to the championship finals of the 100 free tied for first with Buffalo’s Mike Dugan. His time of 44.12 is just .04 seconds away of Raichin Antonov’s Missouri State record in the event. Senior Jeff Bentz dropped nearly two seconds off his season-best and posted a career best (45.39) to land him 14th in the consoles heat.

For the second time on the day, the Bears qualified two swimmers for the A-Finals with Colin Hill and Chris Carpenter rounding out the top heat of the 200 breast in 7th and 8th, respectively. Also putting the Bears in a position to score points was Aaron Dennis qualifying 14th. Both Carpenter and Dennis dropped more than four seconds off their seed times in the event.

In the 200 fly, Missouri State secured another two spots in the championship finals with butterfly specialists Michal Bulak and Matthew Wilson. Bulak went a season-best 1:49.37 and tied for fourth heading into this evening, while Wilson broke the 1:50.00 plateau for the first time and is seeded eighth.

Friday’s postponed 800 free relay was moved to Saturday after prelims and the Bears posted yet another record-setting swim. Although it was not enough to overtake Buffalo’s time of 6:30.94, Missouri State’s quartet of Vitalii Baryshok, Jacob Sims, Caleb Schuermann and Isaac McKnight shattered the previous school record by more than three seconds.

An event the Bears in which the Bears are looking for a big boost in points is the 1650 free where they will have five of the top 10 seeds in the event.

Also geared up for tonight is freshman Garrett Nevels, who will be looking to better his score and position in the 3-meter diving finals.

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)
1. Eastern Michigan - 413
2. Buffalo - 406
3. Southern Illinois - 397
4. Missouri State - 320
5. Miami (Ohio) - 280
6. Ball State - 131
7. Evansville - 66



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