After The Eastern Michigan University men's swimming and diving team turned in a dominant preliminary performance at the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championships, Saturday, March 4, 13 members qualified for the championship heats.
The qualified members were Freshman Matan Segal who posted the top time in prelims, senior Cole Bateman, sophomore Tosh Kawaguchi, Sophomore Ricky Perez also made the cut for the championship heat, turning in the seventh-ranked prelims time.
In addition, sophomore Jake Tyson touched in with one of the top prelim times to earn a lane in the championship heat of the 100 Freestyle. Freshman Mark Krusinski , freshman Aaron Hendry, and sophomore Lance Bergmann made the cut for the consolation finals with a career-best time 2:01.32.
Junior Logan Burton, Freshman Alex Arrieta, junior Hunter Cook and senior Marcin Rzyski got the final lanes in the championship heat. Rzyski will also represent EMU in the consolation final.
The final session of the MAC began at 8pm on Saturday night and ended with the eagles securing its 34th MAC Championship with a total of 717 points, one point more than Missouri State. The Eagles claimed their third consecutive conference title behind great performances near the end of the session, including an outstanding display on the 3-meter dive that provided a 78-point swing in the team standings.
Eight eagles also accomplished career best timings during the session, including Kyle Lichtenberg and Tanner Olmos in the 1650 free, Tosh Kawaguchi in the 200 back, Jake Tyson and Mark Krusinski in the 100 free, Lance Bergmann in the 200 Breast, and Alex Chan, Dan Gironza and Noah Galluzzo in the 3-meter dive.