Miami Goes 1-2-3 in 100 Fly, Extends Lead on Day 2 of MAC Men’s Champs

2021 MAC MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Miami’s lead grew on night two of the 2021 MAC Championships, as they tout a near-200-point lead with just one day remaining.

The RedHawks got right to business last night, winning the 200 medley by over two seconds while Missouri State fell to a DQ. Miami went 1:25.91, with Owen Blazer leading off in 21.91, Noah Barr going 24.05 on breast, Henju Duvenhage hitting a 20.37 on fly and Ben Chatwin bringing it home in 19.58.

Duvenhage kept things rolling for the RedHawks in the first individual event of the night, the 400 IM, going 3:48.03 in a freshman showdown with Missouri State’s Dylan Moffatt (3:48.67) and AJ Huskey (3:49.87).

Miami really poured it on in the 100 fly, sweeping the podium as they had a whopping six men into the A-final. Ryan Sego clocked a 47.92 to win it, with Nic Wamsley and the freshman Blazer tying for second (48.20). In the 100 back later on, Blazer returned for a big double, winning the event with a 47.68 over SIU’s Adam Cernek (47.79).

Miami’s dominance last night was clear — their lowest number of A-finalists in an individual event was two in the 400 IM, which was an event they won, and they had three or more in every other A-final.

Missouri State went 1-2 in the 200 free, with 500 free champ Pawel Krawczyk going 1:36.20 ahead of teammate Arthur Cury (1:36.52) and Miami freshman Uros Djokovic (1:36.70).

The Bears also claimed the 800 free relay, edging out Miami, 6:30.21 to 6:31.30. Krawczyk (1:35.87) and Cury (1:35.90) provided key legs for them, while Miami was led by their first leg, freshman Djokovic, who was 1:36.79 to nearly match his time in the individual final.

In an upset in the 100 breast, Ball State freshman Joey Garberick clocked a 53.99 to defeat the defending champion, Missouri State’s Michael Hampel (54.19), and Miami’s Barr (54.26). That marks the first MAC title for Ball State since 2006, well over a decade ago.

TEAM SCORES – DAY 2

  1. Miami (OH) – 629
  2. Missouri State – 447
  3. Southern Illinois – 384.5
  4. Ball State – 309.5
  5. Evansville – 199

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thezwimmer
1 month ago

Ball State’s first MAC champion since 2006! Not bad for no scholarships

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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