UB men's and women's swimming weekly release
Teams Victorious in Final Home Appearance
The University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed their home schedules on Saturday as the Bulls swept their Mid-American Conference opposition at Alumni Arena Natatorium. The UB men (5-0, 1-0 MAC) defeated Miami (OH), 165-127. The UB women (5-2, 1-2 MAC) knocked off Bowling Green, 146-123.
Marecki, Trail, Kuras Score Women's Doubles
In the women's meet, senior Brynn Marecki swept the breaststroke races and freshman Melissa Trail won both backstroke events while the two also combined as part of a relay victory. Marecki won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.95. Marecki chased down Bowling Green's Alexis Kain in the final five yards to touch the wall a tenth of a second ahead of her opponent. Marecki had an easier time in claiming the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.61, nearly a half-second ahead of the second-place finishing Kain. Trail set season-best times in both of her backstroke victories. She began with a win in the 100-yard race in 58.88, shaving a half-second off her previous best. In the 200-yard backstroke, Trail finished in 2:07.23, cutting six-tenths of a second from her previous top time. The pair also helped the Bulls to a season-best 1:44.81 in the 200-yard medley relay. Trail entered the water first followed by Marecki, Taylor Steffl and Mallory Morrell. Brittney Kuras won the 100- and 200-yard freestyles. The sophomore took the 100-yard race in 51.17 and the 200-yard event in 1:52.97.
Men Post Four Double Winners
The UB men saw four individuals, Colin McAllister, Matt Hogan, Josh Meints and Matt Schwippert, score double victories while Meints and Schwippert were also part of a winning relay team. McAllister set season-bests in the winning the distance freestyles. He won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:41.66, nearly five seconds ahead of his win at Binghamton on January 14. The freshman then posted a 4:41.54 clocking in the 500-yard freestyle to shave more than a second from his previous best time in the event. Hogan took the 100-yard freestyle in 46.22 and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.37. Meints swept the breaststroke races, winning in 57.39 for the 100-yard event and 2:07.24 for the 200-yard race. Schwippert claimed both backstrokes with a win in the 100-yard competition in 50.66 and the 200-yard event in 1:50.12. UB also won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:30.98 as the foursome included Phil Aronica, Meints, Schwippert and Mike Dugan.
Hope Floats Fundraiser a Success
The teams also held a "Hope Floats" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society raising $5,440 through raffles and the sale of "Hope Floats" cookies and T-shirts. The event was spearheaded by women's swimmers Kelsey Barbour, Katelyn Grimm and Taylor Lansing after Barbour was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last summer. During the meet, both teams wore T-shirts and swim caps with the "Hope Floats" logo designed by Lansing.