Heartbreaking Weekend as Bulls Drop MAC Meet to EMU
It turned out to be a heartbreaker as the University at Buffalo men's and women's swimming and diving teams dropped dual meets to Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena Natatorium. The men (3-3, 1-1 MAC) fell to the Eagles, 151.5-148.5 while the women's team (5-3, 2-2 MAC) was defeated, 169-131.
Final Relay Decides Men's Meet
The men's meet came down to the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay with the Bulls needing a victory and either a second- or third-place finish to clinch the meet and break Eastern Michigan's 61-meet MAC winning streak. The A squad won the race for the Bulls as the foursome of Cory Zorsch, Tommy Steele, Antonio Lanzi and Mike Dugan touched the wall in a season-best 3:03.68, however EMU's relayers captured the other two spots to hold off the UB B squad which finished .86 seconds behind the third-place relayers.
Dugan Sweeps Sprint Races, Anchors Relays
Mike Dugan was a double-winner taking the sprint freestyle races against Eastern Michigan. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.79 and then posted a season-best time in taking the 100-yard freestyle in 45.34. He also anchored both of UB's victorious relays to season-best times with a 1:30.75 clocking in the 200-yard medley relay and a 3:03.68 showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Kuras Continues Winning Ways
The UB women claimed eight of the 16 events against the Eagles as Brittney Kuras won all three of her individual races for the fourth consecutive dual meet. The senior opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.78. She then posted a season-best in winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.96. Kuras finished her day with a win in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.22.
Morrell Doubles in Sprints and Relays
Mallory Morrell swept the sprint freestyle races with victories in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.32 and the 100-yard freestyle in 52.49. Morrell also anchored both of UB's winning relays. She helped the 200-yard medley relay squad which also included Marissa Murphy, Spencer Rodriguez and Kuras to a season-best finish of 1:44.77. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Murphy, Jessica Powers, Karly Moore and Morrell won in 3:31.37.
Senior Day on Tap Against Bonnies
The Bulls host St. Bonaventure in the final regular season dual meet next Saturday at 1:00 pm at Alunni Arena Natatorium. The teams will conduct their Senior Day festivities prior to the meet where the lower classes honor their senior teammates. Men's seniors include Paul Garman, Shawn Hoffman, Matt Hogan, Josh Meints, Christian Muller, Zach Rice, Matt Schwippert, Ryan Smrekar and Cory Zorsch. Representing the women's senior class are Dani Adank, Emma Miller, Karly Moore, Mallory Morrell and Alex Swies.