BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's swimming and diving team fell to Toledo in their final meet of the regular season, 159-135, to finish the year with a record of 8-3 (4-3 MAC). The team honored 10 seniors before the meet including, Jessica Ballard,Meili Carpenter, Kim Dale, Emily Day, Sam Eckert, Ursula Jeske, Sam Palma, Laura Powalski, Caitlin Reilly and Ashley Schaffert, who all swam in their final meet at Alumni Arena Natatorium.
UB started the meet with a season-best time in the 200 medley relay as Ballard, Brynn Marecki, Jessie Koltzand Caroline Simmonsteamed up to take second place in a time of 1:44.68. Ballard was touched out by a hundreth of a second in the 100 backstroke, taking second place in a season-best time of 57.70, but later came back to win the 200 backstroke, this time touching out the Toledo competition, taking first in a time of 2:05.02. Simmons and Koltz teamed up to take a 1-2 finish in the 50 freestyle, with Simmons finishing first in a time of 23.64, and Koltz finishing just behind her in a season-best time of 23.72. Later in the meet, Simmons picked up a win in the 100 freestyle, swimming to a time of 51.60 and Koltz took the 100 butterfly in a time of 57.12. The team ended the meet on a high note as the 200 freestyle relay team of Koltz,Karly Moore, Palma and Simmons finished first with a time of 1:35.17.
With their dual meet schedule complete, the Bulls will take the next three weeks off to prepare for the MAC Championship meet. The women's meet is being held at Miami University and begins on February 24, while the men's team will travel to Eastern Michigan for their meet beginning March 4.