Wildcats to compete at three meets to complete regular season
Collegiate Bests SP: 18.83m | DT: 46.27m | HT: 45.71m | WT: 17.23m 2013 (Sophomore) Outdoor - NCAA Championship competitor where he missed the final by one spot and three inches with an outdoor season-best throw 18.57 meters / 60 feet 11.25 inches to finish 10th overall ... Made the NCAA Championships in the shot put with a clutch then-season-best throw 18.33m/60'1.75 at East Prelims on the final attempt of the final ... Competed in shot put, discus and hammer throw ... UK's shot put leader with season best 18.15 meters / 59' 6.75" having been recorded in event win at home meet Heart of the Bluegrass Classic ... Also won shot put competition at Kentuckiana Border Battle ... PR discus throw 46.27M/ 151' 10" was recorded at UC-San Diego Triton Invitational ... Season-best hammer throw 56.94M/186'10" came at USF Bulls Invitational.
Indoor - UK's top performer in the shot put ... Fourth-place finisher at the SEC Championships ... PR shot put 18.83M/ 61'9.5" came at SECs ... That mark ranked less than a half-foot short of a NCAA National Championship berth ... Won the Hoosier Open and Kentucky Invitational shot put.
2012 (Freshman) Outdoor - One of the team's top throwers with the Kentucky's best shot put mark coming at the Florida Relays (16.62 meters / 54'06.50") ... Also registered in the team's top three in discus and hammer throw ... Competed in the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships shot put in Bloomington, Ind., finising 13th ... Mark of 16.62M / 54'06.50" was his best throw of 2012.
Indoor - Had the team's best shot put of the indoor season on his home track at the SEC Championships (16.35M/53'07.75") ... Produced the team's second-best weight throw (15.92M / 52'02.75") at the Rod McCravy Memorial.
High School Finished first in the weight throw at the state indoor track meet of Ohio as a senior ... Finished in first in district division II in the shot put as a senior, and won the division II regional meet as well ... Won the state championship in division II in the shot put as a senior ... Owns the Genoa High School shot put record (64 feet, 4.5 inches) ... Finished in second in district division II in the discus, and fifth at the division II regional meet ... Finished in fourth in districts in the discus as a junior ... Finished sixth at regionals, that same year, in the discus ... Qualified for the 2010 USA Outdoor Junior Nationals in the hammer throw, where he finished 25th ... Lettered in track as a junior and senior ... Played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and played football as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... Football team won the SLL Championship during his junior year, where he was a first team All-Suburban Lakes League offensive lineman.
Personal Son of Andrew and Julie Szypka ... Has one older sister, Shana, who was a pitcher for four years at Toledo.