Oct. 31, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Missouri State sophomore Vitalii Baryshok has been named Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week, the league announced Wednesday (Oct. 31). It is the second consecutive week that a Missouri State swimmer has snagged the weekly honor, as fellow sophomore Paul Le won the award on Oct. 24.
Baryshok was one of the catalysts in No. 23 Missouri State's 70-point victory over eight-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Drury last Friday (Oct. 26). He continued his undefeated streak against the Panthers, and through three meets, the sophomore has yet to lose a race.
The 2012 all-MAC first team selection helped set the tone early as the anchor leg of the 400 medley relay (3:21.13). With a freestyle split of 44.18, Baryshok and his teammates broke a three-year-old Missouri State pool record by more than a second.
The sophomore from Lugansk, Ukraine then won the 200 free (1:38.90) and moved up to No. 23 in the national rankings. He remains the only MAC swimmer to record a time under 1:40 and is less than a second off his first NCAA `B' cut for the season.
To cap off the Homecoming event, Baryshok swam a season best in the 100 free with a time of 45.15. He owns the fastest 100 time in the conference and is ranked 28th in the nation in the event.
This is Baryshok's third career MAC Swimmer of the Week honor.