Till Pallmann broke both the MAC, school and pool record with his performance in the A Finals of the 500-freestyle with a time of 4:20.47.
March 6, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Southern Illinois men's swimming and diving team finished the first day of the Mid-American Conference Championship in fifth place. The meet will continue each of the next two days with preliminary sessions at 11 a.m. each day and finals sessions at 7 p.m.
Till Pallmann continued his dominance in the 500-yard freestyle as he picked up his second-consecutive championship win in the event. He broke both the MAC, school and pool record with his performance in the finals, coasting to the win with a time of 4:20.47.
"Till really got us off to a great start today," said head coach Rick Walker. "This is not one of our strongest days so I am excited with how we started with a young team."
Dusan Vukobrat was one of just two freshman competing in the A Final of the 50-yard freestyle. The Woodlands, Texas native finished the event in second place with a time of 20.34.
The nightcap began with the 200-yard freestyle relay. Pallmann, Andres Saavedra, Dusan Vukobrat and Shaun Wolfe teamed up to take fourth place in the event with a time of 1:20.40. Missouri State claimed the event with a time of 1:19.84.
Kolar picked up a sixth place finish in the A Final of the 200-IM swimming a 1:50.75.
1. Missouri State-245
2. Eastern Michigan University-197
3. University at Buffalo-192
4. Miami University (Ohio)-164
5. Southern Illinois University-134
6. Ball State University-66
7. University of Evansville-50
Southern Illinois started the 2014 MAC Championship off with a bang as sophomore Till Pallmann finished the 500-freestyle nearly two seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 4:20.96. With the finish, Pallmann secured the top-seed for the evenings 500 freestyle finals. The only other Saluki participating in the 500 was Kristian Troxel who finished with a time of 4:38.39.
Freshman Dusan Vukobrat continued the momentum for the Salukis as he finished second in the 50 freestyle, just twenty-three hundredths of a second behind the leader with a time of 20.28. With the finish Vukobrat swum as the second seed in the A Final.
Kegan Skelton took third place in the preliminaries of the one-meter diving competition. He scored a 325.30 in the event, just eight points behind the leader.
In the 200-IM, Calvin Kolar (1:50.57) rounded out the A Final qualifiers with an eighth place finish in the event. Less than half a second separated those who finished fifth through eighth in the event.
Action will continue tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.