Bulldog Hall of Fame
Mark Casler Mark Casler
Men's Swimming, 1986-90

One of the school's top all-time performers in the pool, Casler served as team captain twice and was chosen team Most Valuable Performer three times during his collegiate career from 1986-90. He continues to hold school records in the 50-yard freestyle (20.69), 100-yard freestyle (46.24) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.39). In addition, he also recorded top all-time efforts in the 100-yard backstroke (52.13) and swam on two record-setting school relay teams in the 400-yard medley relay (3:31.41) and the 400-yard free relay (3:08.45). The veteran swimmer also posted pool records in both the 50-yard freestyle (21.46) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.10) at FSU. The Lansing Everett High School product recorded the squad's top performances in 10 different events during the 1989-90 season. He placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (52.13) to earn All-America honors at the 1990 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. He also finished 12th in the 100-yard freestyle (46.24) and 15th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.15). He won a league title in the 100-yard backstroke as a senior under head coach Rick Kowalkoski while leading the Bulldogs to a runner-up conference finish. As a junior, Casler won the 100-yard backstroke (54.24) at the league meet and was the lead swimmer in the school's record-setting 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. He also had the Bulldogs' best times in the 50-yard (21.28) and 100-yard (48.16) freestyle events along with the 100-yard backstroke (54.22). During his freshman season, Casler posted season-best times in four different individual events for Ferris State and also swam a leg on four different relay teams. The Bulldogs earned conference runner-up accolades in each of his four seasons at FSU. Casler, who earned a degree in hospitality management from Ferris, currently lives in Westminster, Colo.

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