The first Missouri State distance swimmer to compete at the national level, freshman Antonio Thomas
kicked off the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, Mar. 23 at IU Natatorium.
Entering the event as the 46th
seed, Thomas was the only swimmer to represent the Mid-American Conference in the 500 free at the national meet. Improving to 44th
overall, the Fayetteville, Ark., native made up ground in the middle of the race and finished heat two with a fifth-place time of 4:21.72.
One of 11 freshman competing in the 500 free, Thomas topped swimmers from Tennessee, Georgia, Louisville, Ohio State and California and was just .03 seconds away from out-touching freshman Khader Baqlah of Florida.
Missouri State continues action at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, Mar. 24 as sophomore standout Artur Osvath
makes his second appearance at the championship meet in the 100 breast at IU Natatorium. Prelims for the meet begin at 9 a.m. (CT) each day, followed by finals sessions slated for 5 p.m.
ESPN3.com will live stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on www.ncaa.com and www.indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. For more information about the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, visit www.NCAA.com/sports/swimming-men