Bulls Host Eastern Michigan
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving team hosted the Eastern Michigan Eagles in their first home Mid-American Conference dual meet of the season. The women beat the Eagles by a score of 166-128 to earn their first MAC win of the season to improve to 2-2 overall (1-2 MAC), while the men dropped their first MAC meet of the year, 180-120, to the reigning MAC champs to even their record at 1-1 overall (0-1 MAC).
The women jumped out to a quick lead, taking a 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay, as the team of Jessica Ballard, Brynn Marecki, Sam Palma and Caroline Simmons finished first in a time of 3:52.78, while the foursome of Caitlin Reilly, Alie Schirmers, Sam Eckert and Karly Moore touched out the EMU squad in a time of 3:55.97 to take the second-place spot. Reilly took first in the 100 backstroke in a time of 59.29, while Marecki placed first in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.66 to build the Bulls' lead. Simmons picked up first-place points in the 50 freestyle, swimming to a time of 23.57 to give the Bulls a 71-60 lead going into the first diving break.
On the men's side, Jared Heine earned the top spot in the 200 freestyle, touching out the Eastern Michigan competition by just three-hundreths of a second, winning the event in 1:43.87. The Bulls got another first-place finish from freshman Matt Schwippert in the 100 butterfly (51.67). Schwippert also picked up points in the 200 butterfly, finishing second in a time of 1:56.31. The men wrapped up the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of Simon Proudfoot, Matt Hogan, Heine and Chad Miller finished in a time of 3:07.97, but it was not enough to get by the Eagles as the team suffered its first loss of the season.
Buffalo diving had a successful night on the boards, with Meili Carpenter sweeping the one- and three-meter events, finishing with scores of 288.14 and 341.25, respectively. Newcomer Kenny Rhoades earned 280.87 points on the one-meter board to earn first-place points for the men, as well.
The Bulls will be back in the pool tomorrow with a dual meet against Ball State. The meet is set to begin at 1 pm at UB's Alumni Arena Natatorium.