Men's Swimming and Diving completes second day of MAC Championships

    Till Pallmann won the 200-freestyle on Friday with a time of 1:35.59 for his second title of the meet.

    Till Pallmann won the 200-freestyle on Friday with a time of 1:35.59 for his second title of the meet.

    March 7, 2014
    Tim McCaughan

    Day Two Results | MAC Championship Central | MAC Records

    BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Southern Illinois men's swimming & diving team picked up one championship title during the second day of the 2014 MAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at Buffalo's Alumni Arena Natatorium Friday.

    Through the second day of competition, the Salukis (276 points) sit in fifth place, leading Ball State (117) and Evansville (113). Southern trails Missouri State (549), Buffalo (431), Eastern Michigan (430) and Miami University-OH (335).

    Sophomore Till Pallmann is swimming like a man on a mission for the Salukis. The Zweibrucken, Germany native picked up his second title of the MAC Championship as he won the 200-freestyle on Friday with a time of 1:35.59.

    Oleg Rabota and Esteavo Andrade were the only other swimmers from Southern Illinois in the field of the 200-freestyle. Rabota finished the event in sixth place in the A Final with a time of 1:38.80 while Andrade (1:41.07) took sixth in the B Final, respectively.

    Freshman Kristian Troxel was the lone swimmer to compete in the 400-IM, finishing third in the B Final with a time of 3:59.73.

    Dusan Vukobrat (48.54) took fifth place in the A Final of the 100-butterfly, just 14 one-hundredths of a second behind second place while Jacob Lucheon (49.83) and Matt Frey (49.94) finished fourth and sixth in the B Final.

    Calvin Kolar finished seventh in the A Final of the 100-breaststroke with a time of 55.82. Bobby Wood and Shaun Wolfe were the only other Salukis to score in the event. Wood (57.82) finished seventh and Wolfe (58.51) rounded out the field in the B Final.

    Kegan Skelton took second place in the preliminaries of the three-meter diving competition. He scored a 367.42 in the event, just seven points behind the leader. The finals for the three-meter diving competition will take place Saturday evening.

    The nightcap began with the 200-yard medley relay and the Saluki team of Rabota, Vukobrat, Lucheon and Kolar took third place in the event with a time of 1:29.32. Missouri State claimed the title, finishing in 1:26.93.

    In the final event of the night, Rabota, Andrade, Kolar and Pallmann finished fourth in the 800-freestyle relay with a time of 6:37.49.

    Team Scores
    1. Missouri State-549
    2. University of Buffalo-431
    3. Eastern Michigan University-430
    4. Miami University (Ohio)-335
    5. Southern Illinois University-276
    6. Ball State University-117
    7. University of Evansville-113

    Prelim Recap
    In the third event of the day, Pallmann broke the Alumni Arena Natatorium record in the 200-freestyle. The sophomore finished the event in 1:35.87, nearly two-seconds better than second-place. Rabota finished the 200 free in sixth place with a time of 1:39.12.

    Vukobrat continued the momentum for the Salukis as he finished tied for fifth in the 100-butterfly, finishing the event in 48.84. Frey was the only other Saluki in the 100-fly. He rounded out the B Finals, finishing the event in 50.19.

    In the 100-breaststroke, Kolar (55.51) took seventh place in the event. Wood (57.92) and Shaun Wolfe (57.93) finished 14th and 15th, respectively. Olaf Meller was the only Saluki competing in the Finals of the 100-backstroke, after swimming a 50.66.

    Action will continue tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. EST.