Men’s S&D Wins Three Medals at #MACtion Thursday Championship

CARBONDALE, Ill. — — Ball State’s men’s swimming and diving team closed day two of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Championships with two more program records and three bronze medals Thursday night at Shea Natatorium in South Illinois.

The most thrilling event of the day turned out to be the shortest, with the program record falling three times in the 50m freestyle.

After withstanding the 20.24 set by Ben Christoffel in 1995 for 27 years, junior Owen Chaye set the first record in the morning preliminaries, clocking in at 8:22 p.m.

However, his record won’t last as long as sophomore Christoffel’s. Joey Garberick clocked 0.01 faster in the consolation finals on Friday night to briefly pass Chaye at 20.21. The effort led the heat and gave Garberick ninth place overall.

The race started from there, as Chaye responded strongly moments later in the championship round, hitting the pad in 20.11 to take third place overall for BSU’s first medal of the weekend.

Ahead of the 50 freestyle battle, the Cardinals opened Friday’s final with three swimmers earning a berth in the 500 freestyle final, led by a 13th-place time of 4:35.85 by junior Zachary Moody.

First-year student Reece Manning earned his place in the history books at the next event, leading the Cardinals and tied for fifth in program history with a time of 1:51.39 in the 200 m individual medley. The effort placed him 11th overall.

After the thrilling battle of the 1950s, Ball State divers were in the spotlight on the 1-meter board, starting with seniors Hunter Ongay who won her third MAC medal with a score of 298.60 for third place. Second year Isaac Hunter wasn’t far behind, placing fourth in 290.50.

To close the second day of the MAC championship, Chaye, junior Jack WolfredGarberick and Junior Patrick White won the third bronze medal of the day and broke the oldest program record still in the books with a time of 1:20.38 in the 200 freestyle relay.

The previous record was 1:21.03 and had stood since 1993. It was also BSU’s second program record on the day and third in competition, with all three involving both Chaye and Garberick.

Day three of the 2022 MAC Championships begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. PT with preliminaries for the 100 butterfly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.

The 3-meter dive preliminaries begin at 1 p.m. CT and the finals begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, with the 400 medley relay scheduled to be the last event of the day.

RANKING OF THE TEAMS AFTER DAY 2

1. Miami – 301
2. Southern Illinois – 255.5
3. Missouri State – 252
4. Ball Condition – 167.5
5. Evansville- 108
6. Valparaiso – 78

Ball State Championship Results

500m free
13th – Zachary Moody – 4:35.85 – 4 points
14th – ryan runs – 4:37.43 – 3 points
15th – Aiden Maurer – 4:37.99 (4:37.45 in preliminaries) – 2 points

200 MI
11th – Reece Manning – 1:51.39 – 6 points – T5th in program history

50 free
3rd – Owen Chaye – 20.11 – 16 points – PROGRAM RECORD
9th – Joey Garberick – 20.21 – 9 points – 2nd in program history
13th – Jack Wolfred – 20.68 (20.65 in preliminaries) – 4 points

1M Diving Championships
3rd – Hunter Ongay – 298.60 – 16 points
4th – Isaac Hunter – 290.50 – 15 points

200m freestyle relay
3rd – Owen Chaye, Jack Wolfred, Joey Garberickand Patrick White – 1:20.38 – 32 points – PROGRAM RECORD

Men’s S&D Preliminary Results

500m free
18th – Michel Mitsynsky – 4:39.34
20th – Landyn Riester – 4:40.17
21st – Zach Zishka – 4:41.19
23rd – Sam Jennings – 4:45.11
EXH- Bennett Witteveen – 4:47.14
EXH- Alexander Eddy – 4:48.09
EXH- Jackson Ketcham – 4:50.32

200 MI
17th – Michel Burne – 1:54.42
33rd – Dillon Freiberger – 1:59.31
34th – Noah Berryman – 2:00.03
QD- Zachary Moody

50 free
20 – Ethan Pheifer – 20.91
21 – Patrick White – 21.04
23 – Duncan McLarty – 21.14
24 – Bryce Handshoe – 21.29
EXH- Erkan Ozgen – 21.81

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