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
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."
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.
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.