March 26, 2016
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ATLANTA - Missouri State men's swimmer Artur Osvath concluded NCAA Championships action Saturday, March 26, with a second-place finish in the third heat of the 200-yard breaststroke at the McAuley Aquatics Center.
The Budapest, Hungary, native battled Florida State's Jason Coombs for the first 150 yards and remained in second heading into the final 50 yards. California's Connor Hoppe made a late push as the three raced to the wall. Hoppe eventually came in with the fastest time, outpacing Osvath by just .24 seconds as the MSU freshman touched in at a time of 1:55.59. Osvath topped Coombs for second place by .04 seconds.
"I am very proud of Artur," Bears head coach Dave Collins said. "He represented our program, the university and Mid-American Conference very well all week.
Osvath placed 17th overall, just one-one hundredth of a second behind Ohio State's DJ Macdonald for an opportunity at a 200 breast finals swim and honorable mention All-American status. Osvath's time was only .55 seconds off his personal-best mark that he set at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
He was seeded 27th and improved 10 spots in the event.
"Today I was in a fast heat and I tried to race with the guys next to me," Osvath said. "I did everything I could, but I still missed that B final by .01. In a sport like swimming, it happens. I learned from it and next year we have to come back and make it. This was the biggest meet of my life. I gained a lot of experience and I am happy that I could place 17th as a freshman."
"Missing being an All-American by .01 is hard to stomach and will sting for a bit, no doubt," Collins said. "But I am confident this will serve as further motivation resulting in future success.
"The growth and experience Artur has acquired this week is invaluable. He now has the responsibility to impact his teammates and continue moving our program forward nationally. I have complete confidence that he will do that. This year has been a pleasure working with such a coachable athlete and his future is bright as a Bear!"
Osvath ends the NCAA Championships having improved two of his lifetime-best marks over the span of three days. He now sits first in the MSU all-time record book in the 200 breast, second in the 100 breast and 100 butterfly, and third in the 200 IM.