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Menís S&D Finishes Sixth at MAC Championships

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Release: March 03, 2012
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OXFORD, Ohio - The Ball State men's swimming & diving team finished the three-day event with 229 points to place sixth among the seven-team field at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships Saturday at Miami’s at Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.

Eastern Michigan won the meet with 693.5 points and was followed by Buffalo (674.5), Southern Illinois (596), Missouri State (558), host Miami (472), BSU and Evansville (98).

Ball State's top events of the final day came in the 200 fly and 200 breast as seniors Chris Krupa (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and Gavin McNeeley (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) claimed the program-records with a third-place finish (1:49.30) and 11th-place performance of 2:02.45, respectively.

In the 200 back, junior swimmer Michael Weber (Lorain, Ohio/Elyria Catholic) added a top-10 performance with a time of 1:50.67.

The fifth-place 200 medley relay, consisting of Weber, McNeeley, Krupa and senior Casey Schroeder (Williamsport, Ind./Seeger Memorial) tied a program record of 1:31.19 set March 6, 1998 by Tony Eubank, Ben Christoffel, Andy Boyce and Matt Pentland.

In other relay events, junior Nicholas Stevens (Greencastle, Ind./Greencastle), joined sophomore Tucker Hale (Fishers, Ind./Fishers), freshman Andrew Lamb (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) and sophomore Michael Oaks (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) on the seventh-place 800 freestyle relay (6:54.97).

The Cardinals concluded the league meet with the sixth-place 400 freestyle relay as Oaks, Krupa, Weber and Schroeder combined to clock in at 3:03.58. Also, for his performance during the league meet, Krupa earned All-MAC Second Team honors.

DAY THREE RESULTS

800 Freestyle Relay

7th - Nicholas Stevens, Tucker Hale, Andrew Lamb, Michael Oaks (6:54.97)

200 Back Prelims

12th - Michael Weber (1:50.18)

19th - Conner Snare (1:56.00)

21st - Tucker Hale (1:56.16)

23rd - Cameron Watters (1:58.51)

24th - Andrew Hostetler (1:59.80)

200 Back Prelims

13th - Michael Weber (1:50.18)

19th - Conner Snare (1:56.00)

21st - Tucker Hale (1:56.16)

23rd - Cameron Watters (1:58.51)

24th - Andrew Hostetler (1:59.80)

200 Back

10th - Michael Weber (1:50.67)

100 Free Prelims

16th - Casey Schroeder (45.61)

25th - Michael Oaks (46.93)

28th - Neal Fennig (48.21)

29th - Ben Fredrickson (50.25)

100 Free

15th - Casey Schroeder (45.73)

200 Breast Prelims

11th - Gavin McNeeley (2:03.27) - Second-Best Individual Time in Program History

17th - Joseph Morris (2:06.92)

20th - David Wood (2:09.06)

200 Breast

11th - Gavin McNeeley (2:02.45) - Best Individual Time in Program History

200 Fly Prelims

6th - Chris Krupa (1:49.51) - Second-Best Individual Time in Program History

11th - Drew Tharp (1:51.20)

17th - Tony DeBrota (1:54.69)

200 Fly

3rd - Chris Krupa (1:49.30) - Best Individual Time in Program History

13th - Drew Tharp (1:52.41)

1650 Free

12th - Nicholas Stevens (16:13.00)

15th - Andrew Lamb (16:14.67)

3-Meter Diving

15th - Jake Brehmer (277.60)

200 Medley Relay

5th - Michael Weber, Gavin McNeeley, Chris Krupa, Casey Schroeder (1:31.19)

400 Freestyle Relay

6th - Chris Krupa, Michael Weber, Michael Oaks, Casey Schroeder (3:03.58)

DAY TWO

OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State men's swimming & diving team remains in sixth place among the seven teams after the second day of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships Friday, hosted by Miami at Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.

After day two, Eastern Michigan leads the meet with 383 points, followed by Buffalo (366), Southern Illinois (365), Missouri State (286), host Miami (252), BSU (107) and Evansville (40).

Senior swimmer Chris Krupa (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) returned to his winning ways to help lead the Cardinals as he posted a season-best and second-best individual time in program history in the 100 fly, clocking in at 49.24 for sixth-place.

Senior Gavin McNeeley (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) then tallied a school record in the 100 breast with an eighth-place finish (56.53), while sophomore Joseph Morris (South Bend, Ind./Clay) clocked in at 56.76 for 11th-place, the third-best individual time in program history for the event.

On the 3-meter diving board preliminaries, sophomore Jake Brehmer (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) recorded a score of 251.65 for 15th-place in the event.

Ball State returns on the final day of the 2012 MAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday from Miami’s at Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.

DAY TWO RESULTS

400 IM

18th – Tony DeBrota (4:10.00)

19th - Conner Snare (4:13.67)

22nd - Andrew Hostetler (4:17.31)

100 Fly

6th – Chris Krupa (49.24)

16th - Drew Tharp (50.38)

23rd - Ben Fredrickson (52.89)

200 Free

14th - Michael Oaks (1:40.83)

19th - Nicholas Stevens (1:41.64)

22nd - Casey Schroeder (1:42.08)

30th - Andrew Lamb (1:44.27)

34th - Neal Fennig (1:45.26)

100 Breast

8th - Gavin McNeeley (56.53)

11th - Joseph Morris (56.76)

16th - David Wood (58.65)

100 Back

18th - Tucker Hale (53.50)

19th - Cameron Watters (54.41)

3-Meter Diving Prelims

15th - Jake Brehmer (251.65)

DAY ONE

OXFORD, Ohio - The Ball State men's swimming and diving team ranks sixth among seven teams after the first day of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by Miami at Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.

The Cardinals finished the opening day of the three-day meet with 72 points. Eastern Michigan is first with 236 points and is followed by Southern Illinois (216), Buffalo (171), host Miami (144.5), Missouri State (149), BSU and Evansville (26).

Senior Chris Krupa (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) and junior Michael Weber (Lorain, Ohio/Elyria Catholic) posted phenomenal performances in the 200 IM preliminaries as Weber finished in 14th-place (1:52.05), while Krupa tallied a 15th-place finish (1:52.15).

Krupa and Weber both returned in the finals to tally the second-best individual time in program history (1:50.95) and third-best individual time in program history, respectively.

In the relay events, Weber combined with sophomore Michael Oaks (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community), sophomore Joseph Morris (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and senior Casey Schroeder (Williamsport, Ind./Seeger Memorial) on the seventh-place 200 freestyle relay (1:24.52).

On the record-setting fifth-place 400 medley relay, senior Gavin McNeeley (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) joined Weber, Krupa and Schroeder, to clock in at 3:20.51.

On the 1-meter diving board, sophomore Jake Brehmer (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) led the Cardinals with a 14th-place score of 267.90.

Ball State returns to action in the 2012 MAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships Friday from Miami’s at Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.

DAY ONE RESULTS
500 Free Prelims

16th - Nicholas Stevens (4:36.37)
18th - Andrew Lamb (4:39.64)

26th - Andrew Hostetler (4:51.25)

28th - Cameron Watters (4:55.58)

500 Free

16th - Nicholas Stevens (4:37.20)

200 IM Prelims

14th - Michael Weber (1:52.05)

15th - Chris Krupa (1:52.15)

25th - Tony DeBrota (1:55.09)

29th - Conner Snare (1:57.82)

200 IM

10th - Chris Krupa (1:50.95) - Second-Best Individual Time in Program History

13th - Michael Weber (1:51.36) - Third-Best Individual Time in Program History

50 Free Prelims

11th - Casey Schroeder (20.61)

26th - Joseph Morris (21.48)

27th - Michael Oaks (21.52)

29th - Gavin McNeeley (21.64)

32nd - Drew Tharp (22.05)

33rd - Tucker Hale (22.06)

34th - Neal Fennig (22.35)

35th - Ben Fredrickson (22.49)

38th - David Wood (23.09)

50 Free

12th - Casey Schroeder (20.58)

1-Meter Diving Prelims

15th - Jake Brehmer (242.25)

1-Meter Diving

14th – Jake Brehmer (267.90)

200 Freestyle Relay

7th – Michael Weber, Michael Oaks, Joseph Morris, Casey Schroeder (1:24.52)

400 Medley Relay

5th – Michael Weber, Gavin McNeeley, Chris Krupa, Casey Schroeder (3:20.51) - Best Time in Program History

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