2021 MAC MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 8-10, 2021
- Oxford, OH (Miami University)
- Live stream
- Full Results
- Results on Meet Mobile – ‘2021 MAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships’
The host Miami Redhawks claimed victory on Saturday at the 2021 Mid-American Conference Championship, defeating the defending champions, Missouri State, who finished in 2nd place. This is the Redhawks’ second MAC Championships title in 3 years under head coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron. Their 2019 victory was their first MAC Championship title since 2009.
Miami increased their 182-point lead after day 2 to a substantial lead of 245 points, considering they lost a few transfers during the past few seasons including MAC Conference Record holder Kayky Mota and butterfly specialist Iago Moussalem. For context, they won in 2019 by just 58.5 points. And Missouri State claimed the 2020 MAC Championship title by a slightly larger margin of 80 points.
The largest victory margin in the MAC in the past 11 years was in 2016 when Eastern Michigan won over Buffalo by 197 points. There have been some vast ones in MAC history though, most notably when Eastern Michigan won in 1987 by 380.5 points, 1988 by 363 points, 2003 by 360 points, and 2004 by 311 points. Once, in 2009, the victory margin broke 400 points, but the meet was held in conjunction with the Sun Belt Championships and only 4 teams participated. Eastern Michigan earned the title with a 406.5 point lead.
Final Team Scores
- Miami University (Ohio) – 932
- Missouri State University – 687
- Southern Illinois University – 588.5
- Ball State University – 511.5
- University of Evansville – 301
Miami freshman Henju Duvenhage claimed 1st in the 200 fly with a time of 1:44.46 and he was followed closely by Missouri State junior Pawel Krawczyk (1:44.61). Duvenhage was named both MAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year and MAC Swimmer of the Year.
Miami’s relay of Duvenhage, sophomore Pedro Gueiros, and juniors Nic Wamsley and Ben Chatwin won the 400 free relay with a time of 2:55.35, coming within .10 of the MAC record. They finished a full second ahead of 2nd place finisher Southern Illinois. Wamsley clocked the fastest split on the relay (43.58), but it was Southern Illinois’ anchor Donat Csuvarszki who posted the fastest split in the field, 43.36.
Missouri State freshman Dylan Moffat won the 1650 free handily with a time of 15:06.37, finishing the race with a 26 second lead over the field. He was followed by a 2-3 finish from Miami led by Neal Wolfram (15:32.63) and James McGuire (15:40.03).
Southern Illinois sophomore Adam Cernek brought the Salukis their first of 2 victories on Saturday night, taking 1st in the 200 back (1:43.17) and breaking his own school record from last season. In the 100 free, Csuvarszki out touched Miami’s Chatwin by .21 to win the event with a time of 43.94.
On the diving boards on Thursday, Ball State junior Hunter Ongay placed 1st in the 1-meter event with 284.90 points. It was an extremely tight race points-wise between 2nd through 4th place with Missouri State’s Trevor Fischer claiming 2nd (255.745 points), narrowly outscoring third-place finisher, his teammate, John Spence by 1.35 points. Southern Illinois’ Kyle Campbell scored 254.00 points, taking 4th place.
On Friday, Ongay won the 3-meter event with a score of 310.55 points. His freshman teammate Isaac Hunter took 3rd place with 284.55 points while Spence finished in 2nd place with 291.30 points.