Missouri State’s dynamic duo wrapped up their legendary careers as part of the men’s swimming program in style.
Blair Bish and Artur Osvath posted strong performances in the 200-yard breaststroke preliminary races on Saturday, March 30, in Austin, Texas.
“We celebrate the highest finish in Missouri State history and more importantly two program-changing guys competing for the last time,” head coach Dave Collins said in a press release. “It has been an absolute pleasure to be on this journey with Artur and Blair, and I am so proud of what they have done for our program.”
Osvath earned a top-20 placement in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall at the 1:54.32 mark. The time is a season-best for Osvath, besting his previous time of 1:55.88 at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational.
“I think this was a great last meet for both of us,” Osvath said in a press release. “These past four years were the best in my life, and I am happy I got to represent MSU at the NCAA Championships one last time.”
Osvath said he was not going to stress about his time too much. His main focus was just to score some points and get some high ranks.
“I just want to enjoy it,” Osvath said. “I enjoy swimming.”
Bish sported a 35th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke at 1:55.57. The senior also added a top 10 finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Bish’s 10th-place finish is the highest for an individual at the NCAA Championships in Missouri State program history.
His efforts earned him an All-American honorable mention nod, becoming the third Bear to accomplish the feat. Osvath was the last All-American for Missouri State when he accomplished it in 2017. Paul Le was the first Bear to become an All-American, which was in 2012.
“Swimming for Missouri State has been a privilege that I will cherish forever,” Bish said in a press release. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last two years, and I’m excited to see how the program grows from here.”
Missouri State finished the championships with their highest team score in program history, pulling in seven points to tie for 36th alongside Wisconsin, Denver and Notre Dame.
“I think for me and Artur both of us have set pretty high goals for ourselves,” Bish said. “I couldn’t ask to (finish up my career) with a better guy and representing a team that we’ve both come to love a lot.”