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Platonov Breaks MAC Record in 200 IM to Power Men’s Swimming on First Day of MAC Championships

Platonov Breaks MAC Record in 200 IM to Power Men’s Swimming on First Day of MAC Championships
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YORK, Pa. (February 11, 2022) First-year Edward Platonov set a new MAC record in the 200-yard individual medley to lead the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s swimming team Thursday evening on the opening day of the 2022 Middle Atlantic Conference Championships at the Graham Aquatic Center.

Platonov won the race in 1:53.58 seconds, topping the field by a second-and-a-half to win his first conference title. He swam each split in under 33 seconds and his final 50-meter time of 27.37 seconds was just a hundredth-of-a-second off being the fastest final 50 of any competitor in the ‘A’ final. The Milford, Connecticut native’s time topped the previous conference championship record of 1:53.58 set in 2018 and also topped the previous conference non-championship time.

As a team, Stevens totaled 326 points to sit atop the leaderboard through the first four events. Arcadia is in second place with 241 points, while York (212), Widener (203) and Misericordia (174) round out the top-five. The Ducks are in search of their third straight MAC championship, which would the program’s 10th consecutive league title.

Junior Ali Kolenovic repeated as conference champion in the 500-yard freestyle, topping the field in a time of 4:37.96, trimming nearly eight seconds off his preliminary time.

Graduate student Kurt von Autenried earned his third straight gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle, topping the field in 20.95 seconds. The Princeton Junction, New Jersey native’s victory was the third for the program in the three individual races.

The quartet of senior Daniel Holdsenior Andrew Johnsonsophomore Darius Truong and Platonov finished second in the 200-yard medley relay. The team finished the race in 1:35.58, outperforming the Knights significantly in the final 100 meters.

Elsewhere, first-year Thomas Haemmerle finished first in the 500-yard freestyle ‘B’ final, finishing in 4:51.51 to earn 20 points towards the Ducks’ team total. Classmate Zack Chirico finished third in 4:53.68.

Truong would just miss out on reaching the podium in the 200 IM, finishing fourth with a time of 1:56.42. He finished less than a second out of the third place. first-year Liam Rodgers also competed in the ‘A’ final, placing sixth with a time of 1:58.46. first-year Jack Martinek won the ‘B’ final with a time of 2:00.02, knocking almost three seconds off his preliminary time. The Ducks won two of the three individual ‘B’ finals.

Hold and first-year Cade Cermak Each swam in the 50 Free ‘B’ final, with Hold adding 16 team points with his time of 21.88 seconds, while Cermak finished the race in 22.18 seconds to add 11.

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