April 26, 2012
SOMERS, Wis. – The Missouri State swimming & diving team placed six swimmers on the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American honorable mention squad, the CSCAA announced Wednesday (April 25). Representing the Bears on the list were Missouri Valley Conference individual champions Anna Ahlin and Renata Sander, in addition to All-MAC selections Vitalii Baryshok, Paul Le, Jared Roberts and Caleb Schuermann.
In all, 130 male and 121 female swimmers were awarded Mid-Major All-American honorable mention status. Honorable mention selections are swimmers who were entered with NCAA ‘B’ standards, but not selected for the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
“For us to have six swimmers, it says a lot about where our program is going,” head coach Dave Collins said. “They were all freshmen and sophomores, so it’s a sign of our young group being successful and moving in the right direction. I’m glad they get to be recognized, because it says a lot about their work ethic.”
Freshmen Vitalii Baryshok and Paul Le led the way with three NCAA ‘B’ times apiece.
Le, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials last weekend, collected NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 100 and 200 back, and 200 IM. His 1:44.59 in the 200 back at the MAC Championships was the 51st-fastest time in the nation, which marked the highest ranking among Bears’ swimmers. He also finished 59th in the 100 back.
Baryshok was named MAC Swimmer of the Week twice this season and rewrote two school records (100, 200 free) in his first season with the Bears. The Lugansk, Ukraine native was one of two conference champions (200 free) for the Bears. He finished the year ranked 52nd in the nation in the 200 free, and was 83rd in the 100 free.
Schuermann achieved the NCAA standard in two events including the 500 free and the mile. The freshman distance swimmer collected silver medals in both events at the MAC Championships and completed the 1-2 finish in the 1650 free, coming in right behind sophomore Jared Roberts. With Roberts’ victory in the mile, he collected his first-ever NCAA ‘B’ cut and was more than 14 seconds under the qualifying time.
MVC Swimmer of the Year Renata Sander picked up her two NCAA ‘B’ time standards at the conference championships. Her times in the 100 and 200 breast were new MSU records, while her mark in the 200 was also a new MVC Championships record. Sophomore teammate Anna Ahlin got her ‘B’ cut in the 200 back, setting a new school and MVC record in the event.
Last season, sprinter Amber Green was the only Missouri State swimmer to be named to the honorable mention team after getting NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle.
The following conferences are designated as Mid-Majors: America East, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association, Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mountain Pacific, Missouri Valley, Patriot, Sun Belt, Summit and Western Athletic. Institutions are also eligible by awarding fewer than half of the maximum-allowable scholarships (7 for women; 5 for men).
For the complete CSCAA release, click here.