MAC Announces Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week

Updated 10/31/2012

MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week 
Briana Emig, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Sewickly, Pa. (Ambridge)
Senior freestyle swimmer Briana Emig helped Eastern Michigan to a season opening victory Saturday, Oct. 27, in a Mid-American Conference dual-meet. Emig led the Eagles with four first-place finishes. She took the 1,000-freestyle in 10:22.15, the 200-freestyle in 1:51.04, the 500-freestyle in 4:58.78 and was a member of the 400-freestyle relay who won in 3:30.78. Her 1:51.04 tied the best finish of her career in the 200-freestyle


MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week 
Vitalii Baryshok, Missouri State 
Sophomore, Lugansk, Ukraine (Lugansk Taras Shevchenko National University) 
Baryshok was one of the catalysts in No. 23 Missouri State’s 70-point victory over eight-time defending NCAA Division II national champion Drury on Friday (Oct. 26). He continued his undefeated streak against the Panthers and through three meets, the sophomore has yet to lose a 
The 2012 all-MAC first team selection helped set the tone early as the anchor leg of the 400 medley relay (3:21.13). With a freestyle split of 44.18, Baryshok and his teammates broke a three-year-old Missouri State pool record by more than a second.
Baryshok then won the 200 free (1:38.90) and moved up to No. 23 in the national rankings. He remains the only MAC swimmer to record a time under 1:40 and is less than a second off his first NCAA ‘B’ cut for the season.
To cap off the Homecoming event, Baryshok swam a season best in the 100 free with a time of 45.15. He owns the fastest 100 time in the conference and is ranked 28th in the nation in the event.


Other Nominees: 


Carla McNamara, Akron
Junior Livonia, Mich. (Livonia Stevenson)
McNamara won both diving competitions in Akron's dual meet against Ball State Saturday. She won the 1-meter dive (6 dives) with a score of 277.95 and the 3-meter dive (6 dives) with a score of 262.56. McNamara took the 1-meter event by 26 points and the 3-meter event by 32 points.

Haley Richter, Ball State
Junior Roanoke, Ind. (Columbia City) 
Richter earned victories in the 100 and 200 butterfly against conference foe Akron. Richter’s 2:04.65 in the 200 butterfly was a personal best, while her 55.13 in the 100 butterfly was a season best. The junior’s time in the 200 butterfly ranks her eight all-time in the Ball State record books. Richter was also a part of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays that earned first place.
Alexis Kain, Bowling Green
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Oak Hills)
Led the Falcons to a pair of season-opening wins against Wayne State and Ashland, taking the top spot in every event she competed in the Orange and Brown's home opener.  Kain placed first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, winning by no less than a second each time.  She also swam a crucial leg in the Falcon's winning 400-yard medley relay, which crushed the field by nearly three seconds in the opening race, setting the tone for the rest of the meet.  The Falcons went on to win nine of the 13 races they entered, placing ahead of Wayne State (173-119) and Ashland (190-65).
Jessica Powers, Buffalo 
Sophomore, Kalamazoo, MI (Kalamazoo Central)
In UB’s non-scoring meet against Cornell, Jessica Powers won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.35 and took the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.72. Powers lowered her 200-yard time by nearly a second from her 1:54.17 finish at the WNY Invite. Powers also teamed with Spencer Rodriguez, Mallory Morrell and Brittney Kuras to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:33.37. UB’s women won nine of 16 events against the Big Red.
Rachel Stearns, Ohio
Junior, Minnetonka, Minn. (Hopkins HS)
Rachel had a very strong showing for Ohio Swimming and Diving in the Bobcats’ season-opening dual meet against Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The junior earned three first-place finishes at the meet, taking the top spots in the 100 Backstroke, the 200 Backstroke and swimming on the winning 200 Medley Relay Team. Stearns also picked up points for her team in the 200 Individual Medley, placing second with a time of 2:08.40. 
When all was said and done, Stearns earned 32 points for her team on Saturday. 
Kristy Richart, Toledo
Junior, Saline Mich. (Saline)
Junior Kristy Richart earned her first-career NCAA Zone cut in three-meter diving against Denison on Oct. 27. Richart won the event with a personal-best score of 289.57, helping Toledo to defeat Denison in the season opener, 199-96. She also set a personal-best score of 264.23 in the one-meter dive, finishing in second place behind teammate Nikki Schropp. The Rockets will get back in the pool this weekend with a dual meet at Eastern Michigan on Nov. 3.
Mike Dugan, Buffalo 
Junior,  Rotterdam, NY ( Mohonasen)
In UB’s non-scoring meet against Cornell, Mike Dugan took the sprint freestyle races as he won the 50-yard race in 20.74 and the 100-yard event in 45.83, setting season-best marks in both races. Dugan lowered the 50-yard time by two-hundredths of a second and dropped the 100-yard time by a quarter-second from his performances at the WNY Invite two weeks before. He also anchored both of UB’s winning relay entries. Cory Zorsch, Josh Meints, Matt Schwippert and Dugan teamed for the win in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:33.53. Antonio Lanzi, Zorsch, Matt Hogan and Dugan took the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:07.44. UB’s men won 10 of 16 events against the Big Red.
Till Pallmann, Southern Illinois
Freshman, Zweibrucken, Germany (Helmholtz-Gymnasium)
Freshman Till Pallmann led the Salukis against some stiff competition over the weekend. Facing two SEC schools, Pallmann was the only Saluki to finish higher than third in an individual event, and he finished second in both the 200 freestyle (1:40.78) and 500 freestyle (4:35.01). Pallmann also helped lead the Salukis to their highest relay finish, a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (46.55). The Salukis dropped duals with Missouri (229-67) and Kentucky (193-105) on Friday.