2019 MEN’S MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- March 4th-7th, 2019
- Nixon Aquatic Center, Oxford, OH
- Short Course Yards, Prelims-Finals
- Defending Champion: Missouri State (1x) (results)
- NCAA Division I
- Live Stream
- Championship Central
- Day 1 Results
- Day 2 Results
Round 1 of the 2019 MAC Conference Championship on Monday meet went to the Miami University men, who swept the 2 relays and broke 3 school records.
The defending conference champions fought back on Tuesday, though, sweeping the day’s 4 swimming events.
A huge diving performance from a pair of seniors, though, kept Miami in the lead, by a slim 3-point margin, at the end of the day.
Team Scores After Day 2:
- Miami University – 326
- Missouri State – 323
- Southern Illinois – 214
- Ball State – 126
- Evansville – 117
Missouri State freshman Pawel Krawczyk won the men’s 500 free in a new Pool Record of 4:20.67. That broke the Pool Record at the Nixon Natatorium that was set in 2017 by then-high school swimmer Grant House (who now swims at Arizona State). That improves on his previous lifetime best of 4:21.66 and jumps him to 2nd-place in school history.
That led a 1-2-4-5-7 finish for Missouri State that pulled his team briefly into the lead.
In the next race, Missouri State senior Artur Osvath won the 200 IM in 1:45.91. That’s a season-best for him, and won the race by over a second, but misses his personal best. That win, though, didn’t keep Miami from earning back the lead in the team battle. This time they had the depth with 4 swimmers in the top 8 and 5 scorers overall.
In the day’s final individual race, Missouri State got another win. This time it was senior Lucas Paloschi. He won by the slimmest-of-margins, .01 seconds, ahead of both Nic Wamsley and Nick Ward of Miami. Former Arizona Wildcat Blair Bish won the B Final for Missouri State in 20.43 (they also won 2 of the 3 swimming B finals on the day).
Missouri State finished their swimming run with a win in the 200 free relay, where the team of Paloschi (20.08), Bish (20.31), Samuel Senn (19.34), and Jake Schultz (19.85) combined for a 1:19.58. Senn’s split came after a 4th-place finish of 20.12 in the individual race.
Miami took 2nd in 1:20.23, out-touching Southern Illinois, who was 3rd in 1:20.32.
While Missouri State was dominant at the top of the swimming events, the Miami Redhawks had a pair of aces up their sleeve: senior divers Harrison Moncino and Ryan Nash. They went 1-2 on the men’s 1 meter, with Moncino winning with a score of 344.25. While Missouri State’s Michael Claunch took 3rd, the Miami 1-2-5 finish was enough for them to hold on to the lead after the end of day 1.
Moncino’s final dive:
— Miami Swim/Dive (@MiamiOHSwimDive) March 6, 2019
Miami and Missouri State combined for 18 of the 24 A-finals swims on day 2 of the meet. Southern Illinois scored the other 3.