Miami University (OH) Wins 2021 MAC Championship Title By 245 Points

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

  1. Miami University (Ohio) – 932
  2. Missouri State University – 687
  3. Southern Illinois University – 588.5
  4. Ball State University – 511.5
  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).

Michael Hampel, a junior at Missouri State, won the 200 breast with a time of 1:57.01 after a close race with Miami’s Noah Barr who touched the wall 2nd (1:57.18).

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.

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Maction
1 month ago

Kayky Mota and Iago both transferred 2 years ago, not this season as indicated

Wetness
Reply to  Maction
1 month ago

Does that make it better or worse that Miami was able to win by such a big margin? Imagine a few of this year’s champions will be looking for a new home soon, but that could be because they don’t know who their coach will be after HBC is officially announced at UF.

G8er
Reply to  Wetness
1 month ago

I’m hearing those rumors too. It makes sense. Welcome home, Hollie.

Slippery
Reply to  G8er
1 month ago

The amount of cap in this comment thread is off the charts

Dave Ramos
Reply to  G8er
14 days ago

Return home to wreck someone’s home again. How fitting.

MACtion
Reply to  Wetness
1 month ago

Missouri State did only have 12 out of the 18 possible scoring spots filled. Not makin excuses for them, but it does offer an explanation as to why the margin was so large.

swim observer
Reply to  MACtion
1 month ago

Why would Missouri not have had their scoring spots filled? Can anyone explain that?

Maction
Reply to  swim observer
1 month ago

Their roster is already comparatively smaller to many college teams. Any/All of the following could be reasons: this year athletes had the option to opt out due to COVID, freshmen may have deferred enrollment because they felt they’d have a more definitive training environment at home due to the uncertainty associated with the pandemic, a few transfers after last season

Meeeeee
1 month ago

Miami literally will have to win the MAC title from now until about 2045 to match the # titles the Eastern Michigan men have.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Meeeeee
1 month ago

RIP

Greg
1 month ago

Congrats athletes & staff on a great meet and another title!