UB men's and women's swimming weekly release
Bulls Roll at Season-Opening WNY Invite
The University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams rolled to 22 victories in 30 events as the Bulls hosted the WNY Invite on Saturday at the Alumni Arena Natatorium. There was no team scoring in the meet that also included men's and women's squads from Binghamton, Niagara, Canisius and St. Bonaventure.
Deren Wins Three Events to Lead Women
Senior Jordan Deren won three distance freestyle events to lead the women's team on Saturday. Deren took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.44, the 500-yard freestyle in 5:11.43 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:32.03.
Freshmen Make Impressive Debuts
The WNY Invite was the first collegiate meet for several UB freshmen swimmers with many scoring victories in their races. For the UB women, Marissa Murphy took the 100-yard butterfly in 58.61 and won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:09.13. Murphy was also part of both winning relays for the Bulls. She joined Karly Moore, Brynn Marecki and Jessie Koltz to take the 200-yard medley relay in 1:48.71. Murphy, Moore, Koltz and Deren won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:38.37.
For the UB men, freshman Eric Culver swept the distance freestyles in his collegiate debut. Culver claimed the 500-yard freestyle in 4:45.13 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:45.39. Chris Waldock won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:56.20. Phil Aronica opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard relay in 1:33.68 as he was followed by Josh Meints, Matt Schwippert and Jared Heine. Freshman Mike Dugan swam the second leg of UB's victorious 200-yard freestyle relay to a 1:26.06 clocking. Dugan was joined by Matt Hogan, Heine and Simon Proudfoot.
Following the conclusion of the meet, head coach Andy Bashor commented on the performances of his men's and women's teams. "I am very pleased with how we raced and competed today," said Bashor. "The efforts and the race preparation were there. We are tired and sore because we have been training very well in the pool, dry land, and lifting. Today gives us an indication of where we are and we will continue to make the improvements to perform better in the upcoming weeks."
Dual Season Begins at Pitt
UB travels to Pittsburgh for a meet against the Panthers to open the dual meet season on Friday, October 15 at 4:00 pm. "We are excited about our meet against Pittsburgh," said Bashor. "It's going to be a tough test for us. Pitt is an outstanding team but I believe we are ready for the challenge."