MAC Championships: Day One Preliminaries

    Thomas Defay swam the fastest time in the 200 IM at SIU since 1999.

    Thomas Defay swam the fastest time in the 200 IM at SIU since 1999.

    March 7, 2013

    By John Lock


    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois men's swimming and diving team wrapped up the preliminary session of the first day of the Mid-American Conference Championship. In three swimming prelims, Southern placed two swimmers and one diver in tonight's A Finals and four swimmers in B Finals.

    The signature swim of the preliminaries for Southern came from Thomas Defay. In the 200-yard individual medley, Defay swam 1:49.99, the fastest time for a Saluki swimmer since 1999. Defay already held the fifth-fastest time in school history in the event, and his time in the preliminaries bettered his career best but kept him in fifth in SIU history.

    While Defay will swim in the A Final in the 200 IM, Calvin Kolar (1:51.05) will swim in the B Final. Kolar will head into the B Final with the third-fastest time in the heat.

    In the opening event of the prelims, Till Pallmann posted the fourth-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle. Pallmann entered the event with the fastest time in the MAC and cruised to a spot in the A Final with a time of 4:26.07. Csaba Gercsak (4:34.29) will swim in the B Final of the event.

    In the final swimming event of the prelims, Shaun Wolfe and Esteavo Andrade swam their way into the B Final. Wolfe narrowly missed the A Final in the event, swimming the 50 free in 20.86. The seventh and eighth spot in the A Final went to swimmers who swam 20.85, just .01 seconds faster than Wolfe.

    In the one-meter diving prelims, Southern's lone male diver, Kegan Skelton, posted a score of 337.15 to place third, putting Skelton in the A Final.