MAC Championships Day Two: Prelims

    Justin Wolfe broke a 21-year-old school record and 13-year-old MAC Championship record with his time (47.29) in the 100-yard butterfly.

    Justin Wolfe broke a 21-year-old school record and 13-year-old MAC Championship record with his time (47.29) in the 100-yard butterfly.

    March 2, 2012

    By John Lock
    SIUSalukis.com

    Complete Results

    OXFORD, Ohio - Southern Illinois placed 16 more swimmers into scoring finals at today's MAC Championship preliminary session. Justin Wolfe led the way, breaking school and MAC Championship records in the 100-yard butterfly. The Salukis are in second place after last night's finals, just 20 points behind first-place Eastern Michigan.

    "We had some really good swims," head coach Rick Walker said. "Our guys are doing everything they can possibly do to stay at the top. This is a deep, deep field, but our times are dropping more than anyone. I'm proud of these guys."

    Justin Wolfe and Shaun Wolfe both qualified for the A Final in the 100-yard butterfly. Justin Wolfe's time (47.29) broke a 21-year-old school record and a 13-year-old MAC Championship record.

    Csaba Gercsak earned his second spot in an A Final at the Championships by swimming 3:56.70 in the 400-yard individual medley. Thomas Defay (4:00.66) will join Gercsak in the A Final. Cesar Perez (4:01.07) has the top time in the events B Final.

    El Badrawi (1:39.32) and Matt Parsons (1:39.49) posted the seventh and eighth-fastest times, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle to qualify for the A Final. Matt Kruse (1:39.82) and Chris Jordan (1:40.64) will swim in the B Final.

    Steve Wood swam the third-fastest time in SIU history and posted the third-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke. Calvin Kolar (57.03) and Sebastian Garcia (57.80) qualified for the B Final.

     

     

    Cesar Perez (49.86) was the only Saluki to finish in the top 16 times in the 100-yard backstroke. Perez will try to improve on his 100 back time from last year, which was the third-fastest time in school history.

    SIU's 16 swimmers that will be competing in scoring finals tonight was tied with Buffalo for the most in the conference. The eight Salukis who will compete in A Finals is tied with Eastern Michigan for the second-most.

    Action resumes tonight at 6 p.m. CT. All of today's prelims, the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay will have finals held tonight. The meet is being streamed for free through the MAC website, MAC-Sports.com.

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