Men’s Swim and Dive tally record setting performance at MAC Championship

By Joey Bernard, Staff Reporter

The SIU swim and dive team were able to host the Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend over at Shea Natatorium. The Salukis had a successful couple of days with the men earning second place across the four day event. They tallied a record high 727 points total, only behind Miami of Ohio.

Highlighting the event was Adam Cernek, who took the gold with a 1:44.29 time in the 200 backstroke to take his third first place in the event in his career. Donat Csuvarszki earned another gold medal in the 100 backstroke as he clocked a 43.27 time as he owns the school, pool, and MAC record for the event.

Freshman Jack Khyrpunov took home gold in the 200 butterfly. He earned the school, pool, and MAC record for his 1:44.30.


Senior Kyle Campbell tallied home a bronze medal in the three meter boards. He earned a score of 292.95, only behind a bronze medal by 4 points.

To finish out the championship, the Salukis fired up the building for the 400-freestyle relay. Sophomores William Chavez, Alex Schlueter, Donat Csuvarszki, and freshman Alex Santiago to clock in a 2:54.44 time for the gold medal finish in a tight finish.

The Salukis will continue their season by sending three divers to the NCAA Zones in Ann Arbor to compete for postseason accolades.

Sports reporter Joseph Bernard can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @Jojobernard2001.

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