March 3, 2006
ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Stephen D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.) tallied a first-place finish in his first ever Mid-American Conference Championships when he won the 100-yard backstroke in the second day of competition. D'Arrigo's effort catapulted Ohio into third place after the second day of events.
D'Arrigo set a personal-best time of 52.15 in the preliminaries of the 100 back and did himself one better with a new lifetime-best mark of 51.57 in the finals.
Robert Ihasz (Akron, Ohio) also had a strong showing in the 100 back, tying for third with a personal-fastest time of 52.15. Drew Stetson (Barrington, Ill.) made it three Ohio swimmers in the top eight in the 100 back with a time of 53.57, good for eighth place. Stetson set a personal-best in the prelims with a mark of 53.01.
Luke Herlehy (Batavia, Ill.) followed up yesterday's third-place finish in the 500 free with a fourth-place mark in the 400-yard individual medley. Herlehy shaved over seven seconds off his previous best, finishing in 4:02.15.
Brandon Stakleff (Akron, Ohio) set a personal-best in the prelims of the 100 breast with a time of 58.07 and finished seventh in the finals with a time of 58.76. Jason Reutter (Crown Point, Ind.) also set a personal-best time in the prelims with a mark of 58.60 and followed it up with an eighth-place time in the finals in a time of 58.82.
Matthew Bey (Gahanna, Ohio), Tyler Post (Coldwater, Ohio) and Bobby Pampush (Rocky River, Ohio) placed sixth, seventh and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly, respectively. Post and Pampush both set personal-bests in the prelims with times of 51.26 and 51.43, respectively.
The lineup of D'Arrigo, Stakleff, Bey and Donald Jupp (Stow, Ohio) place second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.07.
Miami holds a slight edge of Eastern Michigan after the second day of events. Miami has 580.5 points followed by Eastern Michigan with 569. Ohio is third with 369.5 followed by Ball State with 315 and Buffalo with 178.
The third and final day of the championships begin tomorrow with prelims at noon. Finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m.