Springer notched the Bears' first NCAA 'B' cut with his 100 breaststroke performance at Purdue
Nov. 21, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With a strong showing at the Purdue Invitational over the weekend, Missouri State freshman Isaac Springer has been named Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week, the league announced Wednesday morning. Springer joins Colin Hill, Vitalii Baryshok and Paul Le on the running tab of MSU swimmers who have won the weekly MAC honor this fall.
The Missouri State men, who were recently ranked No. 2 in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll, traveled to the West Lafayette for the Purdue Invitational to take on a pair of NCAA Top 25 teams in No. 23 Louisville and No. 25 Purdue, along with Utah, Southern Illinois and Cincinnati.
Freshman Isaac Springer started off the invite with a lightning quick 100 breaststroke split (54.64) in the Bears' 400 medley relay. MSU's time of 3:16.92 was second only to Louisville. It is the top time in the MAC and ranks in the top-10 nationally.
The Omaha, Neb. native came into the weekend with a season best time of 58.44 in the 100 breast. During Saturday prelims, he led the way for Missouri State with a 55.27 and the first NCAA `B' cut for the Bears this season. In the championship finals, he stayed put as the No. 3 seed and bettered his time by .05 seconds. He now has the top time in the conference by more than two seconds and is ranked 18th in the nation.
Again boosting the Bears' relays, Springer swam a 50-split of 25.16 in MSU's third-place 200 medley relay. The Bears registered a MAC-best time of 1:30.56.
On the final day, Springer swam a lifetime best in the 200 breast (2:01.21) to finish sixth overall. Like the 100 breast, he leads the conference with his mark and also ranks 25th nationally in the event.