After a successful first half of the season, Ball State men’s swimming and diving finished third with 732 points in the Eastern Michigan Invitational. 

Head coach Bob Thomas said he is pleased with the teams overall success at this meet.

"I would say that they swam season best times, but some of them even achieved personal best times,” Thomas said. “This has been the best meet they have performed in, thus far.”

Top five Ball State times from Eastern Michigan Invitational 

1. 1650 Freestyle: junior Isaac Walling, placed fourth, 16:20.76

2. 100 Freestyle: senior Austin Green, placed fourth, 47.06 (dropped two seconds)

3. 200 Fly: senior Tanner Barton, placed third, 1:51.83 (dropped four seconds)

4. 200 Individual Medley: sophomore Cullen Tyler, placed 13th, 1:58.98 (improved by four seconds)

5. 50 Freestyle: freshman Ben Andrew, placed 11th, 21.58 (improved time by two seconds)

Since the first meet, the team has been improving in all of the events. Senior Tanner Barton has improved his time in the 100 Butterfly. From the Indiana Collegiate meet on Oct. 22, Barton has dropped one second (51.09) from the Indiana meet (52.83). Thomas said that the improvement has been tenfold.

“It was a different team that we had seen earlier this year. This is what happens when you give them a short rest,” said Thomas.

On the boards, sophomore Lane Sawyer lead the team in eighth place on the one meter. Assistant Diving Coach Jake Brehmer thought that Sawyer did well on his dives.

“Lane looked very consistent and had some pretty good scores,” said Brehmer.

Sophomore Gabe Dean and junior Jeremy Taylor placed 10th and 11th on the one meter.

“They [Gabe and Jeremy] didn’t have great prelims, but came back and did much better in the final round,” Brehmer said. “That is what we definitely want to see.”

Since the beginning of the season, Sawyer has improved his score on one meter by three points. Brehmer said that they are starting to have some better starts on their dives.

“But they need to work on being more consistent and board work,” said Brehmer.

The Mid-American Conference championships are three months away. Thomas said that the team still has a lot to work on.

“This is a team that is supposed to compete in the MAC. Come MAC Championship time, they will be ready,” said Thomas.