Kuras Wins 200 Freestyle at Second Day of MAC Swim Championships
AKRON, OH – University at Buffalo sophomore Brittney Kuras won her second individual title in as many days as the Bulls completed action at the Mid-American Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Kuras claimed the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.66, setting a UB and Ocasek Natatorium pool record. The time sliced a second and a half from Caroline Simmons' record from the 2011 MAC Championships. It was Kuras' second individual victory in as many nights after she won the 200-yard individual medley and was part of UB's victorious 200-yard freestyle relay team on Thursday night. Emma Miller turned in a season-best 1:51.84 in the consolation final to finish 14th overall.
The Bulls also set another school record on Friday as the 800-yard freestyle relay finished sixth in 7:27.06. The foursome of Kuras, Alie Schirmers, Becky Evangelista and Miller shaved sixth-tenths of a second from last season's school mark set at the 2011 league meet. The 200-yard medley relay team finished third on Friday in 1:40.77. The foursome consisted of Claudia Doyle, Brynn Marecki, Taylor Steffl and Mallory Morrell.
Schirmers finished fourth in the 400-yard individual medley in a season-best 4:19.80. Spencer Rodriguez earned consolation points with a 13th-place finish in a season-best 4:28.89.
The Bulls had a pair of finalists in the 100-yard breaststroke with Brynn Marecki finishing sixth and Kelsey Barbour taking seventh. Marecki finished in 1:03.24 while Barbour finished in 1:03.42 after setting a season-best 1:03.20 in the preliminaries.
Doyle placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke championship in 55.65 after she set a season-best 56.91 in the morning session. Melissa Trail earned consolation points with an 15th-place finish in a season-best 56.26.
Steffl was sixth in the 100-yard butterfly in 55.14 after lowering her school record in prelims with a 54.39 clocking. Murphy and Taylor Lansing raced in the consolation final with Murphy taking 12th in 55.99 and Lansing finishing 15th in 56.40.
The Bulls stand fourth with 320 points. UB has never finished a MAC Women's Championship higher than fifth place. The Bulls hold a 75 point lead on fifth-place Eastern Michigan. Toledo leads the meet with 395 points.
Competition concludes Saturday.
Team scores (through 13 events): Toledo 395, Ohio 384, Miami (OH) 363, Buffalo 320, Eastern Michigan 255, Ball State 219, Akron 202, Bowling Green 179.