March 5, 2011
By Dana Ingraham
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's swimming and diving team completed a strong showing at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Championships Saturday night, improving two spots from last year's campaign for a third place overall finish.
Buffalo won its first MAC Championship in school history with a total 763.5 points. EMU edged Southern with 685 total points to the Salukis' 613.5 to round out the top three teams.
Justin Wolfe and Csaba Gercsak headlined the final night of competition for the Salukis, as Wolfe captured his second individual conference title of the championships with a victory in the 200 fly and Gercsak notched a second-place finish in the 1650 freestyle. Wolfe posted an NCAA B qualifying time and a new personal best at 1:47.68.
Juan Arbelaez Osorio swam a fifth-place time in the 100 free (45.13) while Jared Bradd finished in eighth at 45.51. El Badrawi won the consolation final for ninth place overall and Tony Bousquet placed 16th.
Matt Parsons wrapped up a tie for third place in the 200 fly in the last individual event of the night, matching Eastern Michigan's Owen Grey with a time of 1:48.69.
Carrying over from Friday night, Justin Ruszkowski won the consolation final in the three-meter dive for ninth place overall with a score of 327.50.
Southern's 400 freestyle relay team of Badrawi, Parsons, Arbelaez Osorio and Wolfe picked up a second place finish in the championships' final event, posting an NCAA consideration time of 2:58.90.
Wolfe and Parsons were both named to the MAC's first team for their efforts, while Perez, Matt Kruse, Arbelaez Osorio, Wood and Gercsak earned second-team honors.
Final Team Scores
1. Buffalo - 763.5
2. Eastern Michigan - 685
3. Southern Illinois - 613.5
4. Miami - 485
5. Missouri State - 432
6. Ball State - 239
7. Evansville - 126